How can one install Apache OpenOffice on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04? Is one of the questions that most Linux lovers ask themselves. Well, no need to fret anymore, this tutorial will give you a step by step guidance on how you can install Apache OpenOffice on Pop!_OS. Apache OpenOffice is just like the renown Microsoft Office, OpenOffice is just free and open source unlike Microsoft Office. The fact that OpenOffice has the ability to save, read and write Microsoft Office application file formats is a plus to many. OpenOffice comes with a lot of features such as word processing, spreadsheets, and proper presentation. You check more features of OpenOffice suite here.

Install Apache OpenOffice on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04

The steps below will help you install Apache OpenOffice on Pop!_OS successfully.

Step 1. Update your system

To update your Pop!_OS system, use the command below;

sudo apt update

Step 2. Install Java

Apache OpenOffice requires Java 8 and above to run on any space. Hence the need to install Java on our Pop!_OS system. Use the command below to install the latest OpenJDK Java;

sudo apt install default-jdk -y

Then check the version of Java that was installed, which assures you whether your previous command execution was successful;

java -version

The output is as follows;

[email protected]:~$ java -version
openjdk version "11.0.11" 2021-04-20
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 11.0.11+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu2.20.10)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 11.0.11+9-Ubuntu-0ubuntu2.20.10, mixed mode, sharing)

Step 3. Uninstall any other Office suite on your system such as LibreOffice

It is advisable to uninstall LibreOffice it is on your system so that you do not get errors while installing OpenOffice.

Check if you got LibreOffice by typing the following on your CLI, if you have it, this command will launch it;


To uninstall LibreOffice with its dependencies, use this command;

sudo apt remove --purge libreoffice*

To clear LibreOffice orphaned dependencies, use;

sudo apt autoremove

Step 4. Get the latest Apache OpenOffice

Go to Apache page and download the latest version and ensure that you select the Linux version Debian 64 bit. On the command line, the following commands help you download the latest version while using wget command;


Below is the output;

[email protected]:~$ wget
--2021-06-01 15:24:26--
Resolving (, 64:ff9b::d869:260d
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 301 Moved Permanently
Location: [following]
--2021-06-01 15:24:28--
Reusing existing connection to
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: [following]
--2021-06-01 15:24:28--
Reusing existing connection to
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: [following]
--2021-06-01 15:24:28--
Resolving (, 64:ff9b::d869:260d
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Found
Location: [following]
--2021-06-01 15:24:30--
Resolving (, 64:ff9b::c59b:4d08
Connecting to (||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 158577219 (151M) [application/x-gzip]
Saving to: ‘Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.10_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz’

Apache_OpenOffice_4 100%[===================>] 151.23M  5.14MB/s    in 30s     

2021-06-01 15:25:00 (5.02 MB/s) - ‘Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.10_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz’ saved [158577219/158577219]

Remember to replace with the latest version of Apache OpenOffice, as at now, the latest version is 4.1.10. Visit the downloads page and do as follows;

  • Choose Linux 64_Bit(x86-64) (DEB)
  • Right click on download language pack and then tap on copy link address
  • Go to your CLI, then type wget then paste the copied link address there

If you do not have wget on your Pop!_OS system, use the command below to install it;

sudo apt install -y wget

Step 5. Proceed to Extract and the install Apache OpenOffice on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.01|21.04

To extract the previously downloaded Apache Office, use the command below;

tar xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.10_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz

This is a section of the output;

[email protected]:~$ tar xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.10_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-GB.tar.gz

-Change directory to en-GB/DEBS folder like as shown below;

cd en-GB/DEBS

This is what appears, we are now in the en-GB/DEBS directory;

[email protected]:~$ cd en-GB/DEBS
[email protected]:~/en-GB/DEBS$

-Run the Apache OpenOffice Installer on Pop!_OS, on the same en-GB/DEBS directory, like as shown below;

sudo dpkg -i *.deb
[email protected]:~/en-GB/DEBS$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
[sudo] password for cheronohvalentine: 
Selecting previously unselected package openoffice.
(Reading database ... 439824 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack openoffice_4.1.10-2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking openoffice (4.1.10-2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package openoffice-base.
Preparing to unpack openoffice-base_4.1.10-2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking openoffice-base (4.1.10-2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package openoffice-brand-base.
Preparing to unpack openoffice-brand-base_4.1.10-2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking openoffice-brand-base (4.1.10-2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package openoffice-brand-calc.
Preparing to unpack openoffice-brand-calc_4.1.10-2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking openoffice-brand-calc (4.1.10-2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package openoffice-brand-draw.
Preparing to unpack openoffice-brand-draw_4.1.10-2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking openoffice-brand-draw (4.1.10-2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package openoffice-brand-en-gb.
Preparing to unpack openoffice-brand-en-gb_4.1.10-2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking openoffice-brand-en-gb (4.1.10-2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package openoffice-brand-impress.

Install the desktop integration package, using the following command;

cd desktop-integration
sudo dpkg -i openoffice4.1-debian-menus*.deb

Below is an image that shows the output;

Step 6. Launch Apache OpenOffice on Pop!_OS 20.04|20.10|21.04

Now that you have managed to successfully install Apache OpenOffice on Pop!_OS, you can launch it from the command line or from the GUI. To use the command line, type;


Fill in the wizard window set up, then utilize OpenOffice functionality.

Or just go to show applications and search for OpenOffice;

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