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Install 3.0 on Ubuntu

By   |  October 14, 2008

Unless you’ve been in an isolation chamber, you’ve probably noticed that 3.0 was released yesterday. It’s been a while in the coming and now the latest version of our favourite, and most affordable, office suite is here.

If you’re running Ubuntu (or another .deb-based OS) then you’re in luck. Debian versions of OOo are now available on most download sites (SA-based users check out these mirrors for a download) and installing OOo 3.0 is fairly straightforward. We explain:

First, remove your existing version of

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

Next, download a copy of 3.0 (OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz worked for us) and extract the download:

tar -zxvf OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

That will create a directory called something like OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358.

Switch into the DEBS directory in that directory:

cd OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/

Now all you need to do is install all of those .deb packages:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

That will do the trick. Once you’ve given your password your system should install all of the required files.

With that done you should have just one thing left to do: Install the desktop integration package. That should be in the DEBS folder:

cd desktop-integration

From that folder install the package:

sudo dpkg -i openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb

If everything works out you should be able to open 3.0 from the Applications menu on your desktop.

Disclaimer: It is always a good idea to backup your important stuff before removing applications and installing new ones.

One other problem with removing my previous version of was that my aspell spellchecker got messed up. Coincidence? Maybe, but if you have the same problem you may need to re-install aspell-en to get your spellchecker for apps such as GEdit working again.


71 Responses to “Install 3.0 on Ubuntu”

  1. Sayantan
    October 14th, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

    for people using ubuntu hardy
    add this to ur repos..
    deb hardy main
    deb-src hardy main

    update it using sudo apt-get update

    then upgrade it.

    2.4.1 will automatically be upgraded to 3.0, no hassle of deleting previous installations

  2. Nikolaus
    October 14th, 2008 @ 5:55 pm

    WOW Well Done!! Your instructions were perfect!! I am so excited!

  3. Kenneth
    October 14th, 2008 @ 8:29 pm

    GREAT. Thanks it worked perfectly…

  4. tim
    October 14th, 2008 @ 10:13 pm

    yeah you really don’t want to just remove everything that is matched by openoffice*.* take a look first and only remove that actual open office stuff that is why your aspell got removed.

  5. Dindar Nasim
    October 15th, 2008 @ 5:08 am

    Thank you for your clear and easy to follow step by step instructions.

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  7. Shaun Gouws
    October 15th, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

    Thanks, worked great. Seems to load faster then oo2?

  8. Nikolaus
    October 15th, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

    One problem!! I upgrade to OO 3.0 yesterday, and ran Ubuntu Update Manager just now and it downgraded my OO back to 2.4!!! Son of a ___! Whom do I yell at first?

  9. baby linux
    October 15th, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    Thank You.

    Xie Xie

    Terima Kasih.

    Simple is the best πŸ˜‰


  10. j0nn0
    October 15th, 2008 @ 7:29 pm

    The site is down at the moment due to high traffic (/. effect) but they have links to download all the necessaries. Cool things:

    Template packs – two of them, with loads of great templates for Impress presentations.
    PDF Import – which does what it says, except each line of text is in a separate text box.
    Other extension packs which may be useful to you.

    These Extensions include dictionaries/language packs, and OOo plugins and are easy to install. for an extensive list.

  11. zosoplant
    October 17th, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    thank you very much!!!

  12. TD Moore
    October 18th, 2008 @ 5:15 am


    Forgive me, for I am a newbie. Your instructions were much easier than some of the others and I was just about to download the tarball when I saw this. Made more sense to me.

    Added BOTH of the lines you stated to my repositories (put in 3rd party software tab) right? and followed your instructions.
    Then tried to upgrade by going to System>Administration>Update Manager

    OOo does not upgrade for me.

    Can you (or anyone else) assist here please?

    Thanks in advance. (Hardy Heron 8.04)

  13. Teun
    October 18th, 2008 @ 11:09 am

    I installed 3.0 in Ubuntu 8.10. everything went fine, but….
    Starting OO gives the repair-screen (it wants to repair a document). No problem if it would do so, but it never gets out of that loop.
    So I can start up OO.

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  16. hawk
    October 21st, 2008 @ 11:45 am

    OO3 is awesome!

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  19. Elpana
    October 28th, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

    Worked great!

    Hope will stay there when I upgrade to 8.10 πŸ˜€

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  21. Ubuntu-Uschi
    October 31st, 2008 @ 3:04 am

    Hi Sayantan,

    why did you gave the same link twice in the first comment here? It leads to a directory, where is the data?

  22. Alastair
    October 31st, 2008 @ 6:14 am

    What Sayantan is saying is that you must add those two lines (with the URLs) to your repository list (/etc/apt/sources.list). Then you upgrade using apt-get as he describes.

  23. Marcus
    November 1st, 2008 @ 3:41 pm

    I too am unable to get OOo 3.0 through the repository Sayantan describes (as well as others in the Ubuntu forum). It simply does not work for Hardy (I am not yet ready to upgrade to Intrepid). Furthermore, if you go here: archive you’ll see the following mentioned “ 3.0.0 – INTREPID ONLY”. So when will OOo be available for Hardy, I wonder? After all, 8.04 is a Long Term Support release.

  24. Dave Mc
    November 2nd, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

    will ubuntu ever add OO 3.0 to the regular hardy repositories or will I have to do the above if I want it ?

  25. Guy Pie
    November 3rd, 2008 @ 1:37 am

    Dave, Marcus: No, OOo3 won’t ever be in the hardy repos. A long term support version does not provide major version upgrades. It just keeps getting security and minor bugfixing. Just as advertised.

  26. SirSigma
    November 5th, 2008 @ 7:24 am

    If I’ve got Ubuntu 8.10 with “kubuntu-desktop” installed on it, will this be a safe installation?

  27. lewion
    November 11th, 2008 @ 11:53 am

    Worked like a charm, thanks πŸ˜‰

  28. Aung
    November 12th, 2008 @ 9:45 am

    Out of more than a couple of complex instructions I’ve found on various sites, this is the only working instructions for a newbie. Everything went smoothly. (But I have to remind other newbies that if you download the OpenOffice package to your desktop, you need to change your directory to the Desktop. In the terminal, type cd ~/Desktop and the rest is done according to the instruction. Thanks so much!

  29. Rob
    November 12th, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

    Great guide, worked perfectly on Xubuntu 8.04 thanks Alastair!

  30. Hawk
    November 12th, 2008 @ 5:03 pm

    Thanks very much, worked like a dream!

  31. Bob Smith
    November 13th, 2008 @ 7:35 am

    Worked like a charm. Thanks! However, this much rigmarole, just to install a program is ridiculous, and one reason Linux continues to lag.

  32. james
    November 13th, 2008 @ 4:53 pm

    wow, it works!!!! thank yo so much for these great tips. i was almost give up on using the ubuntu. seeing those commands in the terminal makes me think of those old days in the computer class where we have to remember all those DOS commands. hehe

  33. Mohsen
    November 13th, 2008 @ 7:58 pm

    Hi, Great post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you very very very much.

  34. KWS
    November 16th, 2008 @ 3:12 am

    Thanks great post. Worked great!

  35. Rengifo Ortega
    November 21st, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

    Running Ubuntu hardy on a Dell XPS … I worked it worked fantastic… thanks a lot.

  36. Ed Jolanski
    November 25th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm

    The Scribblers PPA Sayantan mentioned no longer supports Hardy or Intrepid, only Jaunty. Your best bet is to just wait 5 whole months for Jaunty to be released, then you won’t have to mess with any of this.

    @Bob Smith: You, like many of your Windows-using cohorts who think they are smart enough to try Ubuntu, are an idiot. You need to stop thinking of software as being separate from your operating system. Ubuntu is a managed system, much like the locked-down version of Windows you might find in a corporate environment. This ensures STABILITY. You don’t need new software, if the older, tested software still gets the job done. The proprietary world tries to convince everyone that they always must upgrade to the latest and greatest. If you ever manage to give up your Windows ties completely, you will realise that it is actually much less work and effort because you don’t have to go out to all the individual websites for the programs you want to download the latest version, nor do you have to wonder if upgrading something will break your system, because it has already been thoroughly tested. This model is vastly superior for the majority of users. And if you don’t like this model, I would very much suggest you change to a more bleeding-edge distribution, like Debian-experimental.

  37. Peter Overfield
    November 25th, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

    Yes, the process worked (installing onto Ubuntu 8.04), but the Start Centre and Formula Editor are missing. Is this an incomplete .deb package, or a partially failed build? The messages on the Terminal make no mention of any failure, and there’s nothing in the DEBS folder that looks obviously like either of these components.

    Any clues, anyone?

  38. Hawk
    November 26th, 2008 @ 7:38 am

    “openoffice.org3” into the terminal and you should get the start page…

    Hope this helps man.


  39. tsitso
    November 26th, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

    Thanks, great post!!!

  40. Al
    November 28th, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

    Thanks, I have been trying to follow other installation guides with no success. This worked great for a newbie with no confidence using Terminal. I cut and pasted the commands and off I went. It looks like my spell checker is working too.

  41. zika
    December 1st, 2008 @ 11:37 am

    I’ve installed OpenOffice 3 through repos. After update several days ago, among many other, my OO3 went missing in action. It dissappeared from menus and it can not be started. I tried packages from several places and istall goes OK but with no effect. Office won’t start. I was waiting for repos to come on-line again. Now that I read that they won’t I will have to try to go back to OO2.4 from Intrepid. But when I try that I get:

    This application conflicts with other installed software. To install ‘’ the conflicting software must be removed first.

    Switch to the ‘synaptic’ package manager to resolve this conflict.

    Is there reliable way to go back to OO2.4?

    I am a heavy TeX user and Office is just for crossover purposes …

  42. omenz
    December 1st, 2008 @ 11:41 am


  43. Digby
    December 7th, 2008 @ 8:36 pm

    @Ed Jolanski:
    @ Ed Jolanski: You should not call someone an idiot…but thanks for pointing out how Ubuntu is a ‘managed system’.

    @Bob Smith: I am coming into Ubuntu Linux after 29Yrs of using CP/M then MS-DOS then Windows. I felt the same frustration as you did…what a carry on when I want to get the latest application…but what Ed explained made a lot of sense…I can suddenly see how Ubuntu can now be a serious option for the Private and Public sectors. It really is a managed system (something I did not appreciate) and if (big if for individuals) you are willing to go with the flow od what is included with releases then you are away to the races. I reckon only 20% of MS Office functionality is used and it is now at a tipping point of becoming ‘bloatware’, Open Office looks good and I am planning to use it more and more as I migrate to Ubuntu.


  44. Digby
    December 7th, 2008 @ 8:46 pm

    @ Ed Jolanski
    Also thanks for pointing out that The Scribblers no longer support Hardy or Intrepid, only Jaunty. That was causing me and others a lot of confusion.

    An option is to follow your advice and just wait 5 whole months for Jaunty to be released, then you won’t have to mess with any of this.


  45. zika
    December 8th, 2008 @ 9:35 am

    @zika: I’ve solved this the same day by simple $sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.* and reinstalled I will wait several days for Oo3 (there is a rumor that it is coming in Ubuntu repositories soon).

  46. susruta
    December 8th, 2008 @ 8:47 pm

    @Sayantan: great addition buddy

  47. chad
    December 11th, 2008 @ 1:46 am

    @Sayantan: Awesome! thanks for the tip. I have been using Ubuntu for about a year and never figured out how to do that. I guess I thought you had to use the terminal to do it, and as fun as that is, it gets confusing

  48. Ed Jolanski
    December 11th, 2008 @ 4:02 am

    Scribblers PPA for Intrepid is back up:

    deb intrepid main

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  50. Shane
    December 20th, 2008 @ 7:31 am

    Thanks, man! I just got it installed

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  52. Neo
    December 28th, 2008 @ 9:52 am

    Thanks a lot………………….

  53. maisis00
    December 31st, 2008 @ 6:19 am

    Beautifully simple instructions. It worked like a charm. Thank you!

  54. Serkhan
    December 31st, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

    Thank you! It woks fine.

  55. Amr Ellafi
    January 7th, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

    Excellent !

  56. Ahmed
    January 21st, 2009 @ 9:00 am

    Thanks for the info. The install works well but now when I select file->save as I get the openoffice dialog box rather than my ubuntu dialog box which has my “places” with my bookmarks/shortcuts which I much prefer. In openoffice, selecting tools->options>general and checking or unchecking “Use dialogs” under “Open/Save dialogs” doesn’t give me back the native Ubuntu Save dialog box. I still have it for other all other applications though. Any idea about how to get it back for Openoffice?

  57. Ahmed
    January 21st, 2009 @ 10:48 am

    Ahmed: Figured it out. Had to re-install via synaptic and it works like a charm! The nice save dialog is back!

  58. Don
    January 21st, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    This works perfectly for freespire 2.0 too!

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  60. Paul Valley
    January 27th, 2009 @ 6:13 am

    Thank you Thank you Thank you

  61. AG
    January 27th, 2009 @ 8:21 am

    Thanks for these helpful instructions. It worked.
    I had one problem though, I had downloaded the package on desktop, and running the command in terminal showed an error that no such file/directory was found. The workaround was to copy the package in a different folder and run it from there. It worked thereafter.

    Somehow, updating and installing new software was easier on Windows… Can we take Ubuntu to that level?


  62. frits
    February 8th, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    It did not work
    I got the dutch files and replaced en-US of course with -nl

    I got this error after sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    (my translation after a every %%)

    f@f-desktop:~/download/OOO300_m15_native_packed-1_nl.9379$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
    [sudo] password for f:
    dpkg: fout bij afhandelen van *.deb (–install):
    %% dpkg: error in handling *.deb (–install):
    kan archief niet benaderen: Bestand of map bestaat niet
    %% cannot open archive: file or directory does not exist
    Fouten gevonden tijdens behandelen van:
    %% found errors during handling *.deb

  63. Nkhumushe
    February 9th, 2009 @ 9:48 am

    To update to 3.0.1, follow the above instructions with substitution of names : Works just as fine.

  64. PAULO
    February 18th, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

    thank you, is a very good tutorial, and I have been looking in anothers and I cant install OpenOffice, and with this i make it fast… VERY GOOD (sorry about my bad English)

  65. bepi
    March 8th, 2009 @ 11:02 pm

    thank you! by following another guide I lost my oo package and I was not able to reinstall it. You have been very clear and good in talking to “human begins” as I amand as Ubuntu philospy purpose. Great!

  66. OpenPortal
    March 25th, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    Very helpful post, thank you.

  67. vika
    April 3rd, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    Thank you very much. The instructions are clear and easily to follow. Even if I am not a Linux girl πŸ˜‰ I installed a new version 3.0.1 without any problems – I only change numbers in file names.

  68. Ganesh
    April 12th, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

    I shifted all my documentation preferences from MS office to Open Office.
    I was trying very hard to install open office 3.0 on 8.04 Ubuntu.
    At last after Googling around, I came to your site and installation went like knife in butter.
    Thanks for such a wonderful installation.

  69. Antonio Greco
    April 18th, 2009 @ 7:23 pm

    I tried to install openoffice 3.0 on ubuntu 8.10, by following yours instructions. Firstly i removed the previous version 2.4 using add-remove tool in applications, as apt-get do not work. After that all OK until the last step. Here the terminal answer:
    (al riguardo di) concerning openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb, (contenente) which contains (Γ¨ in conflitto con) is conflicting with (fornisce) gives (e sta per essere installato) and is going to be installed.
    dpkg: (errore processando) error in processing openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb (–install):
    (pacchetti in conflitto) packets conflicting – (non installato) not installed. I translated italian worlds and I apologize for my bed english. Please, do you have some suggestion, just considering that i am not at all an expert? Thanks

  70. me
    June 9th, 2009 @ 11:54 am

    good job, thanks

  71. Dane
    June 11th, 2009 @ 4:18 am

    Thanks to Ahmed. I was having the same problem after upgrading from 8.10 to 9.04 and it was driving me nuts. But after installing openoffice,org-gtk and unchecking the “use open office dialog box” in “general” options I have everything back the way it was, Thanks so much.

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