How to Update the Default LibreOffice Office Suite in Ubuntu

This is a beginner’s guide shows how to update the pre-installed LibreOffice packages to the latest in Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

LibreOffice is an open-source office suite includes: Document Writer, Calc Spreadsheet, Impress Presentation, Drawing App, Math Formula, Base Database.

While the pre-installed version is always old, here’s how to install the latest LibreOffice and keep updated via its official PPA.

1. Add LibreOffice Fresh PPA:

Open terminal from system application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type your password, no visual feedback, when it asks and hit Enter to continue. And the PPA so far supports for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 20.04.

For those sticking old still versions (e.g., 6.3.x and 6.4.x), go to the separate PPAs.

2. Update LibreOffice Packages:

After adding the PPA, open Software Updater (or Update Manager), then install all available software updates to install the latest LibreOffice packages:

That’s it!

Optional: Remove PPA & restore LibreOffice to original.

For any reason, you can easily restore the office suite to the pre-installed version by running command in terminal to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa
Merilyn Ne
Hi, I'm Merilyn Ne, a geek who has been working on Ubuntu Linux for many years and would like to write useful tips for beginners. Forgive me for language mistakes. I'm not a native speaker of English.