How To install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu

This tutorial will explain how to install latest version of openoffice in ubuntu

You can check what is new in openoffice 3.2 from here

First go to the OpenOffice website and download the Linux .deb file (On your desktop)

1 -- Once you have done that, extract the .deb file,


Run the following command from terminal or just right click select extract

tar xzvf OOo_3.2.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

Then you'll see a file called OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483

2 -- You can remove the existing version of OpenOffice if you wish with this command:

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

3 -- Copy and paste OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483 onto the desktop then open Terminal and paste this command:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb

4 -- Then paste this command:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb

Once you've done that you'll find OpenOffice 3.2 in Office.

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86 thoughts on “How To install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu

  1. Thanks for sharing this!

    Just one note, I HAD to remove OOo 3.1 in order for the last command to work –, and

  2. I wasted almost two hours trying to replace my OOo 3.1 with 3.2 — then I went in search of help. Within 15 minutes of finding this page, I did a smooth-as-glass uninstall/install and had verified all went well. Thanks for preserving my sanity! Life is good.

  3. just like Rob, i also had to uninstall OpenOffice 3.1 to get step 4 to work.

    after uninstalling 3.1, 3.2 installed smoothly. my system is Linux Mint 8.

  4. After
    sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb
    I get this:

    Setting up openoffice.org3-calc (3.2.0-12) …
    Processing triggers for menu …
    In file “/usr/share/menu/opera-widget-flash-video-downloader”, at (or in the definition that ends at) line 2:
    Unexpected end of line.
    Skipping file because of errors…

    This is the content of “/usr/share/menu/opera-widget-flash-video-downloader”:

    HELP, please…

  5. SOLVED.
    It was a problem caused by an Opera widget (Flash Video Downloader).
    Removing it with Synaptic solved the problem.
    Why did it happened? No idea whatsoever.

    Thank you for the upgrade/install procedure. It went smoothly.

  6. I tried to install OOo 3.2 on Xubuntu using your above instructions but did not see the apps under “Office”. Do I need to change any commands, or is there are problem using 3.2 in Xubuntu? Thx

  7. I extracted the deb file, pasted it on to desktop and after next command I get this:

    [email protected]:~# sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb
    dpkg: error processing /root/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb (–install):
    cannot access archive: No such file or directory
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    any ideas?

  8. Check that you have the right language in the command you execute. For exapmle, I downloaded the Great Britain (en-GB) version so instead of

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb


    sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-GB.9483/DEBS/*.deb

    changing US to GB.

  9. No, the problem was not related to the language version. I have tested both the sv (Swedish) and en-US versions. Same “No such file” result in both cases.
    I copied the file names from the desktop icon so spelling errors are not the reason.
    Any suggestions?

  10. Hi,
    In following the above procedure I encountered the following errors:

    1) On running

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb

    I encountered conflicts with and so I had to remove these packages, and
    2) when I call writer from the command line,

    openoffice.org3 -writer

    I get the error

    ** (soffice:4028): WARNING **: unable to get gail version number

    How can I get rid of it?

  11. Can someone help me. When I am about to extract the deb.tar.gz I found this from the archive manager:

    gzip: stdin: invalid compressed data–format violated
    tar: Unexpected EOF in archive
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

    Is there any solution on this?
    Thank You.

  12. open terminal and go in to your deb.tar.gz file location run the following command

    tar xzvf yourfilename

  13. After I run that command, I didn’t find a file, but a folder. And I can’t install OO from that folder. Any solutions?


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