Libreoffice Debian Package

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. libreoffice-writer: Word processor. libreoffice-calc: Spreadsheet. libreoffice-impress: Presentation. libreoffice-draw: Drawing. libreoffice-base: Database. libreoffice-math: Equation editor It also recommends additional packages (e.g. Fonts) in order to match an upstream LibreOffice. (created by Sun Microsystems) recommends using Sun Java Runtime. This package is provided by Debian/Etch, but doesn't depend on it. So you must install and configure it manually: Activate 'non-free' section on your repository configuration. May 05, 2021 LibreOffice is an open source and much powerful personal productivity office suit for Linux, Windows & Mac, that provides feature rich functions for word document, data processing, spreadsheets, presentation, drawing, Calc, Math and much more. Debian LibreOffice Maintainers (QA Page, Mail Archive) Rene Engelhard Chris Halls External Resources: Homepage Similar packages. Debian package management system dep: fonts-dejavu metapackage to pull in fonts-dejavu-core and fonts-dejavu-extra dep.

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 since Debian Wheezy and is now the default office suite in all current versions of Debian. It has good support for .docx .xlsx, .odt, .ods, and other popular formats.


  1. How to install LibreOffice

LibreOffice is the default office suite since Debian Wheezy. You can also add it manually by installing the following packages:



This libreoffice package is a metapackage. It automatically installs all packages and dependencies needed for a fully functional LibreOffice, including its major components such as libreoffice-writer, libreoffice-calc, libreoffice-impress, libreoffice-math, libreoffice-draw, libreoffice-base.

Optional GNOME integration

Optional KDE integration

To install the full LibreOffice suite, run

Getting the latest LibreOffice version

  • Add the relevant backports for your Debian version in your SourcesList file:

  • Install LibreOffice from the newly added backports repo after updating your package listing with apt update. This is accomplished by using the -t flag followed by the name of the repo you've added for your version. For example, on a Debian 10/Buster system, you might run:

  • If further updates are backported later, you may re-run the previous command to install them.

Java Environment

Some components of LibreOffice require a Java Environment to achieve full functionality. The LibreOffice metapackage recommends default-jre which installs the recommended Java version for your version of Debian. This should require no further configuration, but if you want to manually install Java and configure LibreOffice for it:

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

  • Open LibreOffice. Navigate to 'Tools' menu > Options > LibreOffice > Advanced > Java Options

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

Extending functionalities

Extend LibreOffice by installing these packages:

  • libreoffice-help – User help

  • libreoffice-l10n - Localization for LibreOffice

  • myspell – Provides dictionaries for LibreOffice

  • mythes – Provides thesaurus for LibreOffice

  • openclipart-libreoffice – Open Clip Art Library

  • menu – adds LibreOffice menu entries for every Debian window manager

  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer – downloads and installs Microsoft truetype fonts

  • ttf-liberation – contains free versions of Arial, Courier and Times New Roman

DebianHttp://– LibreOffice homepage

Fixing poor look and feel in LibreOffice

You should first make sure you have the appropriate theming package installed. On KDE Plasma 5, install libreoffice-kde5. On GNOME 3, install libreoffice-gnome. On other GTK-based desktops, install libreoffice-gtk3.

LibreOffice will try to auto-detect your desktop and use the most appropriate theming plugin based on this, but you can also force it by setting the SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN environment variable. The available options are kf5 (Qt5 with KDE integration), gtk3_kde5 (GTK3 with KDE file pickers), and gtk3 (GTK3 with GNOME integration if available).


For example, if you're trying to use LibreOffice with the KF5 theming plugin, you might run:

Libreoffice-java-common Package Debian

A generic Qt5 plugin is available in the libreoffice-qt5 package, however it is experimental and not yet considered ready for production, as it can introduce issues that don't manifest with any other theming plugin. Because of this, you're recommended to either use KF5, or to run LibreOffice with the SAL_VCL_QT5_USE_CAIRO=1 environment variable set which forces it to use the same Cairo rendering path as the KF5 plugin:

If you have bigger or smaller fonts in toolbar, you can fix it by enabling quick start option:

Debian -- Details Of Package Libreoffice-base In Buster


For KDE:

Fixing Interoperability Problems

How To Install Libreoffice Ubuntu

See Substituting Calibri and Cambria Fonts.

Fixing Blank PDF Export


  • The PDF has the expected amount of pages, but no text.
  • Examining the PDF (for example in Okular, File > Properties > Fonts) shows no embedded fonts.


Http://– LibreOffice Help

This can be caused by using the wrong VCL (LibreOffice desktop integration module) for the desktop environment, such as 'qt5' instead of 'kf5'. Yes, surprisingly the PDF export depends on the VCL.

The current VCL is shown in the Help > About LibreOffice dialog box. Usually LibreOffice will pick the right VCL provided that the required package is installed, such as libreoffice-kde5. Otherwise, it can be forced with the SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN environment variable.

  • 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

Impress can be remotely controlled via an Android device with the app Impress Remote available from F-Droid. 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.

  • – LibreOffice homepage

  • – LibreOffice help

  • - LibreOffice extensions

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