Installing LibreOffice in Raspberry Pi running Raspbian

LibreOffice is an Office package that can be easily installed in Raspbian. It’s not a “perfect” solution, but certainly usable. This guide assumes you already have Raspbian OS installed in your Raspberry Pi with LAN setting properly established. My Raspbian image file is dated 9 Feb 2013. Different version of Raspbian might produce different behavior.

libreofficeBefore installing new application or service in Raspbian, make sure to always type this into terminal :
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you’re installation is not the latest version, it might take a while as Raspbian will download the latest files from Internet.

Now, open terminal again and install LibreOffice:
sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Installation will take a while depending on your Internet connection speed. It will take additional 320MB (approximately) space of your SD card. Based on my test, the loading time is a bit long, but the office applications are decent and usable.

And that’s about it. Did you expect more complicated guide? Sorry to disappoint.

Now, I can easily find many guides to install something in Raspbian, but how about uninstallation guide? In case you decided not to keep LibreOffice, here’s how to remove it:
sudo apt-get remove –purge libreoffice* (the asterisk sign is important because libreoffice is a meta-package)
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove


Also read: my other posts about Raspberry Pi


By | 2014-09-05T16:08:50+00:00 14 Apr 2013|Guide, Technology|4 Comments


  1. Seb 02 Oct 2015 at 2:00 am - Reply

    With latest Raspbian Jessi, the first command is:
    apt-get purge libreoffice*

  2. Zach 20 Feb 2015 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for apt-get dist-upgrade. It did the trick and I was easily able to install LibreOffice on my RPi

  3. Thomas 06 Nov 2013 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Hi Robert,
    very useful guide
    apreaciated and honored

  4. Max 04 Aug 2013 at 12:45 am - Reply

    Hello Robert,

    thank you for this information – I was assuming that the Java JDK needed to be installed in a complicated manner – but, lo and behold, this installation procedure just works (TM).

    Thank you – we will start shipping LibreOffice preinstalled now, with our LibreOffice Edition kits.


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