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 Responses

  1. Darko Delta says:

    Want work on Ubuntu 10.04 all OK except last command what to tipe for 10.04

  2. Patrick says:

    I am a beginner using Ubuntu 9.1 (Karmic Koala)(GNOME V2.28.1) and these instructions worked perfectly as far as I can tell.Thanks!

  3. David Mc says:

    The desktop-integration install gave the following error under Ubuntu 9.10, but the main app(s) seemed to install fine.

    dpkg: regarding openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb containing conflicts with (version 3.2-9472) is to be installed.
    dpkg: error processing openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb (–install):
    conflicting packages – not installing
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    Any ideas or help here?

  4. Selden says:

    Thanks — I think I avoided a few pitfalls with these instructions.

  5. John says:

    Awesome! These directions helped a ton! Follow them exactly. I’m also new and using that terminal is still a challenge. Thanks for allowing just a simple paste.

  6. Audsbel says:

    The universal Spell Checker has stopped working. Spell checking used to work in any browser and in just about every application such as GEdit, Leafpad, etc.

    This has all stopped. Any way of restoring this without a full system re-install? I have a feeling this was obliterated using this command:

    sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

    I assumed it only removed OOo 3.1, but that’s not correct. I’d appreciate an assist as I rely heavily on my spell-checker.

  7. Joseph Bus says:

    Thanks 4 Ur help…BUT…

    I was left with 2 directories /etc/openoffice & /etc/openoffice.org3…

    After Changing ownership & permissions I STILL CAN’T OPEN OpenOffice…

    Appreciate letting me know what I need to do…
    Thx again, Joseph

  8. Sean says:

    Beautiful, works like a charm on 11.04. I did have to substitute the apt-get remove step for libreoffice*.* for this to work.

  9. Aaron says:

    Excellent – worked perfectly installing 3.3 on Ubuntu 9.10

  10. Jay says:

    Hey its gr8. thanks for help

  11. Anas says:

    hey i installed open office just as like u mentioned above but now i cannot find it, where it is installed ?

    i am using ubuntu 11.10 and i am new to it
    i have checked in dash home and searched in home folder. there is no office installed in there atlesat there is no folder

  12. sumitra says:

    i am not able to get it to download it on the desktop. it is automatically going to download file in home folder. i am using ubuntu 11

  13. miguel says:

    the installation process went fine, but the package does not appear anywhere in the graphical interface. what to do???!!!

  14. Ed says:

    If you are looking for the files to run the program navigate to /opt/openoffice.org3/program the files you want to click on in that folder are sbase, scalc, sdraw, simpress, smath, swriter, or if you want an easy way to open OOo make a link on your desktop to soffice.

    to make a shortcut on your desktop, not sure if this works in that piece of crap unity, open terminal and type:
    gnome-desktop-item-edit –create-new ~/Desktop
    then make your shortcut. for command choose browse and browse to:
    opt>openffice.org3>program and click on the one ou want to make the shortcut for. I just used soffice . Make sure you don’t click on soffice.bin it won’t work. you can find icons in usr>share>icons>humanty>apps>48

  15. Manoj Bhataria says:

    Your instructions worked well for Open Office 3.3 as well with some minor changes. Thank you

  16. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much! I’m really new at ubuntu and this really hepled me a lot. No troubles here.

  17. emman says:

    hi…im trying to install open office to my ubuntu 11.10 but when i put the last part this is what i get

    (Reading database … 178123 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking (from …/openoffice.org3.3-debian-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb) …
    dpkg: error processing /home/maman/Desktop/OOO330_m20_native_packed-1_en-US.9567/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.3-debian-menus_3.3-9556_all.deb (–install):
    trying to overwrite ‘/usr/share/mime/packages/’, which is also in package libreoffice-common 1:3.4.4-0ubuntu1
    dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe)
    gtk-update-icon-cache: Cache file created successfully.
    gtk-update-icon-cache: Cache file created successfully.
    Processing triggers for shared-mime-info …
    Unknown media type in type ‘all/all’
    Unknown media type in type ‘all/allfiles’
    Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mms’
    Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mmst’
    Unknown media type in type ‘uri/mmsu’
    Unknown media type in type ‘uri/pnm’
    Unknown media type in type ‘uri/rtspt’
    Unknown media type in type ‘uri/rtspu’
    Unknown media type in type ‘interface/x-winamp-skin’
    Errors were encountered while processing:

  18. emman says:

    oh i was able to figure it out…i had to uninstall libre office first…now its working…thanks

  19. Ankan saikia says:

    Its just like windows. Just copy it to desktop

  20. Lin Liu says:

    Thanks,it is successful for my Ubuntu 7.04.

  21. Adithya says:

    For any one who want to use openoffice3.4 on Ubuntu as mentioned here, go to ->download->Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0->All platforms->Linux Intel Deb..The downloaded file will be Apache_OpenOffice_incubating_3.4.0_Linux_x86_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz. Extract it by double clicking ,the folder will be en-US ,inside it DEBS,licenses,readmes..As mentioned here, in the terminal go to DEBS folder..sudo dpkg -i *.deb. This will install deb files in DEBS folder. Next step go to desktop-integration folder which is inside DEBS folder…then sudo dpkg -i *.deb..After this if you check under Office in main menu, you can see 3.4..

    Thanks UbuntuGeek

  22. ray says:


    Harsh words. I run Ubuntu 10.04LTS and have **lots** of critical Open Office 3.2 files. I will accept no risk whatsoever to those files, or to the (current/future)OO installation during an upgrade to OO_3.4 … and your list of required tasks for that upgrade is for me unacceptably complex. May I repeat … you have presented a verbal **rattlesnake** to a casual Ubuntu user. Prolly the same for many other unsupported casual Ubuntu users.

    If Apache Foundation cannot present the prospective OO upgrader with a SYNAPTIC-LIKE bullet-proof upgrade methods then the upgrade will not be attempted.

  23. Infinity says:

    could someone put some instructions for installing openoffice 3.4 on kubuntu 12.04

  24. Infinity says:

    nevermind, I figured it out

  25. Adithya says:

    It is not for upgradation..It is for fresh installation..I installed Openoffice 3.4 on Ubuntu 11.04 as per the steps I mentioned..Just wanted to share it..

  26. Prashant says:

    Nice article..really helpful…!!!

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