Saturday, 16 June 2012

Centos 6/RHEL LibreOffice-3.5 installation (NO openJDK)

This short post is to install LibreOffice on Centos 6/RHEL or similar rpm based distro without the unwanted packages from the repo.

LibreOffice is a very nice lightweight alternative to Microsoft Office and Open Office and is very well suited for Centos 6 (or Fedora/Red Hat). With a full set of features such as Spreadsheet, Presentation, Database and Formula it makes a very useful addition to your Linux Desktop. It is very easy to install with a few simple commands. 

Update The pre-release 4.0 edition now has export chart as graphic facility in Calc, so charts can be saved separately.

Note: It can be installed from the repo BUT that comes with packages you may not want such as openjdk and others, this method installs ONLY LibreOffice and we use the Sun JDK for the Java dependencies with NO openJDK necessary whatsoever.

You will need
  • Java installed, follow the tutorial here if not, it covers the Sun JDK and plugins.
  • The tar.gz installation pack from LibreOffice site.
So first download

LibreOffice3.5 from

To your home directory

Extract the contents

$ tar xvf LibO_3.5.4_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

(or x86_64)

Move to the extracted directory

$ cd LibO_3.5.4rc2_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US

(or x86_64)

Move to the RPMS directory

$ cd RPMS

Then install all the rpm files

$ sudo rpm -ivh *.rpm

Now move to the desktop-integration folder

$ cd desktop-integration

A self explanatory choice of 3 is given


$ sudo rpm -ivh libreoffice3.5-freedesktop-menus-3.5.4-2.noarch.rpm

Is the one you need for Centos/RedHat


To run it just type

$ libreoffice3.5                (or the version you use)

(Ensure you have the desktop integration package installed)

The Desktop integration pack is required even though it doesn't actually place anything on the Desktop in Fluxbox.

If using Fluxbox you can add an entry to your ~/.fluxbox/keys file, for example 

$ vi ~/.fluxbox/keys

Mod1 o : ExecCommand libreoffice3.5

And then just hit Alt + o to run it.

See Gnumeric for spreadsheet program. 

See Fluxbox key bindings for more.