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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 openoffice.org-*
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,

  • Open Synaptic (or use your preferred method for package installation)
  • Install openjdk-6-jre

  • Open LibreOffice, Tools > Options > LibreOffice > Java

  • Activate “Use a Java runtime environment”
  • Choose your desired JRE provider
  • Restart LibreOffice (including quickstarter)

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 'OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=gnome libreoffice --quickstart --nologo --nodefault' > ~/.config/autostart/lo.sh
chmod +x ~/.config/autostart/lo.sh


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

Fixing Interoperability Problems

See Substituting Calibri and Cambria Fonts.


  • Writer: /usr/bin/libreoffice -writer

  • Calc: /usr/bin/libreoffice -calc

  • Draw: /usr/bin/libreoffice -draw

  • Impress: /usr/bin/libreoffice -impress

  • Math: /usr/bin/libreoffice -math

Remote Control

Impress can be remotely controlled via an Android device with the App Impress Remote available from http://www.f-droid.org. It interacts with your slideshow presentation and allows slide previews, reading speaker notes, play/pause presentation and setting timers. Connection is done through Bluetooth or WLAN.

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