LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite and often considered a good alternative to the Microsoft Office suite. It offers impressive features, a user-friendly interface, comprehensive, and compatible with MS Office files. Here we let you know how to install LibreOffice on RHEL based AlmaLinux 8.x or Rocky Linux 8.
Being a fork of Apache OpenOffice.org, LibreOffice also contains all the essential components need to deal with daily document and calculation needs. It comes with a Word file created called Writer, the spreadsheet program is known as Calc, which competes with Excel; for MS PowerPoint alternative it has Impress; the Base, a database administrator software tool and Draw program for drawing and diagram. Although both OpenOffice and LibreOffice are the same, LibreOffice is much popular because it receives frequent updates, which means new features and early bug fixing.
LibreOffice is available for all major 32 bit & 64-bit operating systems such as Windows 10/8/7/xp; macOS 10.4 and newer, as well as for Debian and RPM-based. The source code is available as well to compile for the Linux platforms, for which the binary is not available.
Steps to install LibreOffice on AlmaLinux & Rocky 8
The steps given below are applicable for other RPM-based Linux distros such as RedHat, Fedora, and CentOS 8/7.
1. Download Latest LibreOffice for Linux
There is no single package to install all the component available in the official repository of AlmaLinux, thus what we have to download its RPM binary from the official website. Visit it, select Linux 64-bit, and hit the Download button. The latest version while performing this tutorial was LibreOffice 7.1.3.
2. Switch to Downloads Directory
Open your Alma or Rocky Linux command terminal. As whatever we download using the browser, goes into the Downloads directory by default, thus first we switch to that.
Now, check whether the LibreOffice RPM setup file is available there or not.
3. Extract Tar Archive File
The downloaded file will be in Tar.tgz format, thus first extract it to get the RPM packages.
tar -xvf LibreOffice_*_rpm.tar.gz
4. Install LibreOffice on AlmaLinux or Rocky 8
To install RPM packages on AlmaLinux or any other RedHat-based Linux, we can use DNF or YUM package manager. And here we will use the same. Also to install any application you need to have
Switch to extracted directory:
You will see all RPMS packages inside the folder, install all of them to set up LibreOffice on your system.
sudo dnf localinstall *.rpm
Type Y hit the Enter Key and wait until it not get installed.
Finally, go to your system’s Application launcher and search for Libre Office, you will see all the apps to run. Click any other them.
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