Install Apache OpenOffice 4 on Linux Mint 15

Apache OpenOffice, commonly known as OpenOffice.org, OOo or OpenOffice, is an open-source office productivity software suite whose main components are for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases. OpenOffice is available for a number of different computer operating systems, is distributed as free software and is written using its own GUI toolkit. It supports the ISO/IEC standard OpenDocument Format (ODF) for data interchange as its default file format, as well as Microsoft Office formats among others. As of June 2011, OpenOffice.org supports over 120 languages. As free software, users are free to download, modify, use and distribute OpenOffice.org. Platforms supported by OO.o include Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, BSD, OpenVMS, OS/2 and IRIX. The current primary development platforms are Microsoft Windows, Linux and Solaris.

On 28 September 2010, key members of the OpenOffice.org Project formed a new group called The Document Foundation, and made available a rebranded fork of OpenOffice.org, provisionally named LibreOffice. The Foundation stated that it will coordinate and oversee the development of LibreOffice. Due to the requirement of fully open sourced office suite, it has been dropped from the major Linux distribution and it is replaced by LibreOffice; still you can install manually by downloading it on your computer. Here is the small guide for installing OpenOffice on Linux Mint 15 / Linux Mint 14.


Before installing OpenOffice 4 you must remove the LibreOffice (if you have it already installed).

Open Terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T).

sudo apt-get remove libreoffice*

Download Apache OpenOffice 4.

### 32 bit ###

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.0.1/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

### 64 bit ###

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.0.1/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

Extract the downloaded file.

### 32 bit ###

tar -zxvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

### 64 bit ###

tar -zxvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

Install Apache OpenOffice 4.

sudo dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/*.deb

Install menu integration.

sudo dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/desktop-integration/*.deb

Start OpenOffice.org.

By command line mode.


For first time you need to go through the post installation setup. Click next on welcome screen.

Fill up the details.

Automatic update.

Choose the registration options and then click on Finish.

Screen Shot of Apache OpenOffice running on Linux Mint 15.

That’s all.

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8 Responses to "Install Apache OpenOffice 4 on Linux Mint 15"

  1. Dominique says:

    Thank you so much for this! I had been trying to figure out how to install OpenOffice in LinuxMint for weeks. This is the only guide that worked for me! Thank you sooo much!

  2. Grandpa Willy says:

    Many thanks. I’ve tried several times to install Openoffice in Mint, and yours is the only method that works. Thanks again!

  3. Owen says:

    I tried so many times before without success and finally this worked. All I needed was “sudo dpkg -i en-US/DEBS/*.deb”. I had been pasting various wrong commands into the terminal.
    Will be bookmarking your website for future use.
    Many thanks!

  4. John Jeffries says:

    Excellent instructions! Worked without a flaw! Thank you so much!

  5. RICHIE CUBE says:

    sorry for my english ;-)

  6. Raven Sunn says:

    every thing works untill i get to the sudo dpkg line ive tried several ways and nothing works it says the deb file isnt there

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