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. Dario says:

    This method is also good for Kubuntu 9.10?

  2. adil says:

    Worked well on Karmic, thanks.

  3. HJ - Denmark says:

    I have tried this howto, but hit a roadblock with the last step.
    I’m running Ubuntu 9.10 and with a fresh install I removed Open Office 3.1 with the help of the Ubuntu Softwarecenter.
    Now trying to complete step 4 installing the debian menus I have this conflict:

    [email protected]:~$ sudo dpkg -i /home/hje2/Downloads/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_da.9483/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb
    dpkg: regarding …/openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb containing conflicts with provides and is present and installed.
    dpkg: error processing /home/hje2/Downloads/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_da.9483/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.2-debian-menus_3.2-9472_all.deb (–install):
    conflicting packages – not installing
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    Any body?

  4. HJ - Denmark says:

    I found some leftovers from OOo 3.1 in Synaptic. It turns out that Ubuntu Softwarecenter doesn’t remove everything.
    But now I’ve got it all installed successfully.

  5. Jarlath says:

    Thanks, that worked and saved me a *lot* of time. Anybody notice the touted speed improvements?

  6. Chud says:

    Thank you,

    This worked like a charm

  7. Jeff says:

    I followed the instructions and installed OpenOffice 3.2 without any problem. The only issue I have is that the file chooser (file/open) looks substantially different. I think it used to look like it integrated with Nautilus. Did I do something wrong during the install?

  8. There has been an option for a long time whether you want to use system or open office dialogs.

    Look under Tools->Options->>General

    There is an option (at least in 3.1 it is still there) “Use dialogs”. Maybe the default value has changed.

  9. Jeff says:

    Thanks. It worked like a charm.

  10. Jarlath says:

    Thanks Martin.

  11. Theo Tulley says:

    Using LinuxMint-8 ‘Helena’ with Windows-7 on a laptop with Pentium dual-core 2.2 GHz cpu, 4 GB RAM, 500GB hdd

    I have installed OO 3.2 and it appears from Wikipedia that it should now be able to open earlier versions of MS Access.

    I want to open and edit a *.mdb file created in MS Access 97 but this doesn’t happen.

    Most grateful for any help.

  12. If you don’t have a problem using a KDE application, you can try Knoda or Kexi – both in the repositories of Ubuntu (and guess so also for Linux Mint).

    You might need to install odbc drivers and managers (search for odbc in the repositories).

    libhk-classes-mdb is also needed for instance to have Access support in Knoda (did not try Kexi). However, I only need to view mdb files – maybe using ODBC (and not the direct mdb driver) you can also have it editable – I read somewhere it should work.

  13. miki says:

    Thank you.

  14. Theo Tulley says:

    Thanks Martin Wildam – I’ve installed everything relevant about odbc from the repository and also libhk-classes and its dependencies, but still my *.mdb file won’t open.

  15. Maybe Access 97 is not supported (any more or was never). Just to make that sure I would convert it to 2000 and 2003 and try with each of those – just to make sure it is not an issue with the MDB-Version.

    Apart from that: Whereever you can, stay far from the shitty MS Access (I know what I am talking about)!

  16. Theo Tulley says:

    Thanks again. According to various articles in Wikipedia it is now possible to read but not edit tables from earlier versions of Access – later ones apparently more difficult.

    I’m hoping to copy my table into Base and then learn how to use it. Looking for a good manual – have yet to study the OOo Wiki Documentation file.

  17. VKSALIAN says:

    Dear HJ – Denmark,

    Remove the package and retry installing new menus.

    This will probably work.

    Use command : sudo apt-get remove

  18. Giovanni says:


    funciona de lujo!!!

    buen trabajo…

    saludos desde Mexico!!!

  19. lukas says:

    [email protected]****:~$ 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
    dpkg: status database area is locked by another process

    imma total newbie, so can u help ne with this please?

  20. JOsh says:

    a tip: if you have the GB version, not US, at steps three and four you simply have to change the US to GB. Then it all works smooth as butter

  21. Mark Mirsky says:

    I am totally frustrated. I downloaded the package, put it on the desktop, after putting it somewhere else where I couldn’t find it (Archive Manager?) but the command tar xzvf OOo_3.2.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

    doesn’t do anything but return the following message. [email protected]:~$ tar xzvf OOo_3.2.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz
    tar: OOo_3.2.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz: Cannot open: No such file or directory
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    tar: Child returned status 2
    tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors
    I managed to extract, and thought that would help me complete the process but I am still stalled. Help anyone?
    [email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get install extract
    [sudo] password for mark:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
    libstrigiqtdbusclient0 linux-headers-2.6.31-14 libkleo4
    libboost-program-options1.38.0 libkontactinterfaces4 amarok-common
    kdemultimedia-kio-plugins kdepim-runtime-data libkcddb4 libakonadiprivate1
    libqtscript4-core kdepim-runtime-libs4 libkdepim4 libqtscript4-gui
    libqtscript4-uitools libqtscript4-sql kdepimlibs5 libqtscript4-xml
    libkabcommon4 akonadi-server libtag-extras1 liblastfm0
    linux-headers-2.6.31-14-generic amarok-utils kdepimlibs-data
    Use ‘apt-get autoremove’ to remove them.
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    libextractor-plugins libextractor1c2a
    Suggested packages:
    libextractor-java python-extractor
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    extract libextractor-plugins libextractor1c2a
    0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 10 not upgraded.
    Need to get 7,907kB of archives.
    After this operation, 10.7MB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Get:1 karmic/universe libextractor1c2a 0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1 [7,595kB]
    Get:2 karmic/universe libextractor-plugins 0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1 [228kB]
    Get:3 karmic/universe extract 0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1 [83.1kB]
    Fetched 7,907kB in 23s (337kB/s)
    Selecting previously deselected package libextractor1c2a.
    (Reading database … 200753 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking libextractor1c2a (from …/libextractor1c2a_0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1_i386.deb) …
    Selecting previously deselected package libextractor-plugins.
    Unpacking libextractor-plugins (from …/libextractor-plugins_0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1_i386.deb) …
    Selecting previously deselected package extract.
    Unpacking extract (from …/extract_0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1_i386.deb) …
    Processing triggers for install-info …
    Processing triggers for man-db …
    Setting up libextractor1c2a (0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1) …

    Setting up libextractor-plugins (0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1) …
    Setting up extract (0.5.21+dfsg-3ubuntu1) …
    Processing triggers for libc-bin …
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place

  22. Mark Mirsky says:

    I have now erased the Open Office which came with the latest Ubuntu distribution, Karmic, I installed and I managed to get to the point where I have two folders on my desktop *
    OOo3.2.0 Unix86-64_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

    and OOO32_m12_native_packed_1_en-US.9483/

    but Open Office still will not install.

    I ran the commands in Terminal sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO320_m12_native_packed-1_en-US.9483/DEBS/*.deb

    and that went fine

    Then the 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

    And that went fine. But the promise that Open Office would appear in the Office selection in Ubuntu did not materialize. I still see no way to get it to run and will have to go back to the one that came with Karmic 3.1 until someone can help me out. I want to be able to use otf fonts–something Abiword can handle, but not Open Office 3.1

    Any help or suggestions would be apprediateed I am running this on a Lenovo laptop with a Core 2 duo and about four gig of ram, Ubuntu and Window 7, but I would like to work mostly in Linux.

  23. Paul says:

    Thanks! Great!
    I had have to remove some old ooo-stuff by synaptic before I could install the menus.
    But now it works!
    Best of all: LINUX OO is able to handle Opentype Fonts now!

  24. decapentaplegic says:


    I’m running Linux mint but the solution should also work for Ubuntu to get the menu back. Go to


    and run

    sudo dpkg -i –force-overwrite *deb

  25. Xyzzy says:

    Seems to be working a-ok here in Ubuntu Karmic, including menu items. The only semi-issue was that it complained about my lack of a JRE during the install, then refused to let me contribute my usage data.

    To whoever asked upthread: it seems markedly faster on my 1.6GHz Centrino laptop, and seems lighter on resources when Writer is idling with a blank document.

  26. Rick says:

    Help…I successfully installed this on an HP MIE however i can’t figure out how to launch the programs or how to put them on my tabs. HP MIE doesnt have a desktop. I’m positive the programs are installed just dont know how to find them or open them..Thank you guys so much

  27. chuyang says:

    Thanks a lot. This is what I need.

  28. Av says:

    Thanks for the help……I have successfully installed open office 3.02 on my ubuntu 9.04

  29. Michael Struwig says:

    Worked perfectly on Jolicloud (an Ubuntu-based netbook OS)

    Thanks so much!

  30. Lester says:

    Thank’s a lot, it work’s on eeebuntu 3.0!

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