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LibreOffice is an open-source cross-platform office suite, serving as a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft Office. It was forked from OpenOffice 3.3.0 and has gained ground in Linux distributions as the default office suite. It has replaced OpenOffice in Debian Wheezy and is available in squeeze-backports. It has good support for .doc, .xls, .odt, .ods and other popular formats.

How to install LibreOffice

LibreOffice is the default office suite in Debian Wheezy. You can also install it manually by using the following packages:

LibreOffice has following major components: libreoffice-writer, libreoffice-calc, libreoffice-impress, libreoffice-math, libreoffice-draw, libreoffice-base.

To install the full LibreOffice suite, run

aptitude update
aptitude install libreoffice 

Replacing OpenOffice in Squeeze using apt-get

apt-get install -t squeeze-backports uno-libs3 # removes*
apt-get install -t squeeze-backports libreoffice

Java Environment

Some components of LibreOffice require a Java Environment to achieve full functionality. LibreOffice metapackage recommends default-jre: this installs openjdk-6-jre. In Squeeze the user can choose to install also sun-java6-jre, in Wheezy the user can choose also openjdk-7-jre. To install java manually in LibreOffice,

Extending functionalities

Extend LibreOffice by installing these packages:

Fixing poor look and feel in LibreOffice

If you have bigger or smaller fonts in toolbar, you can fix it by enabling quick start option :


echo 'export OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=gnome libreoffice --quickstart --nologo --nodefault ~/.config/autostart/'
chmod +x ~/.config/autostart/


echo 'export OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=kde libreoffice --quickstart --nologo --nodefault  ~/.kde/Autostart/'
chmod +x ~/.kde/Autostart/

Fixing Interoperability Problems

See Substituting Calibri and Cambria Fonts.


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