Installing LibreOffice on the Raspberry Pi

In this guide we are going to show you how to install the LibreOffice software on a Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a free and open-source suite of software that is designed for office use.

This software bundle comes with a wide variety of tools that help with office life. These tools range from a word processor to a spreadsheet program.

LibreOffice is widely considered to be one of the best free alternatives to Microsoft Office.

You don’t have to worry about installing LibreOffice if you are running the “full” version of Raspbian. This full version comes with LibreOffice installed automatically.

The steps below will show you how to install and access the LibreOffice software package on Raspbian Desktop Lite.

Equipment List

Below is a list of the equipment that you will need to install the LibreOffice software on your Raspberry Pi.

Recommended

Raspberry Pi 1, 2, 3 or 4

Micro SD Card

Power Supply

Ethernet Cord or WiFi dongle (The Pi 3 and 4 has WiFi inbuilt)

Optional

Raspberry Pi Case

This quick and simple guide on installing LibreOffice was tested on a Raspberry Pi 4 running a clean version of Raspbian Desktop.

If you don’t have Raspbian installed, you can follow our easy installation guide.

Installing LibreOffice on the Raspberry Pi

1. Installing LibreOffice on a Raspberry Pi is a fairly easy process.

Before we install LibreOffice we should first update our Raspbian installation.

We can upgrade all of the installed packages by running the following two commands within the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

2. With our Raspbian installation now fully up to date we can now proceed.

To install the LibreOffice software to the Raspberry Pi all we need to do is run the command below.

sudo apt install libreoffice

Luckily for us installing the LibreOffice software package is a simple process as it is available within the Raspbian package repository.

This installation process can take some time due to the sheer size and number of packages that is needed to be installed.

The additional disk space needed after installation of the LibreOffice software package is 649mb.

Finding LibreOffice on your Raspberry Pi

With LibreOffice now installed on your Raspberry Pi, you can now find it within the Raspbian desktop interface.

The two steps below will show you where to look to find the various LibreOffice packages.

1. To find LibreOffice within Raspbian you need to click the Pi icon in the top left-hand corner.

Raspberry Pi Desktop Menu Icon

2. Within this menu, hover over Office (1.).

Hovering over office should show you a list of the LibreOffice software that is now installed to your Raspberry Pi.

Click whichever office application that you want to open (2.).

Raspbian Desktop Menu List of LibreOffice applications

A Quick Look at LibreOffice

In this section we are going to take a quick look at three of the components that are installed as a part of the LibreOffice package.

LibreOffice Writer

Writer is the word processor that is packaged with LibreOffice.

This software is similar to Microsoft Word and will be mainly used for creating word documents. It also features support for the file formats that are used by Microsoft Office and Corel’s WordPerfect software.

LibreOffice Writer Running on Raspbian

It is possible to open the LibreOffice Writer software within the terminal by running the following command.

libreoffice --writer [FILENAME]

If you specify a filename after --writer the software will open that file.

LibreOffice Calc

Calc is the spreadsheet component of the LibreOffice software.

Calc can be strongly compered to the popular spreadsheet software, Microsoft excel. You can use this software to deal with data sets in an effecient manner.

The software is often used by people to manage their income and expenses.

LibreOffice Calc Running on Raspbian

If you would like to open the LibreOffice Calc software from the terminal you can try using the command below.

libreoffice --calc [FILENAME]

You can optionally specify a file to open by typing it in after the --calc part of the command.

LibreOffice Impress

Impress is a software package designed to help you create presentations.

The Impress software is LibreOffice’s alterantive to Microsoft Powerpoint. Using this software you can create presentations with relative ease.

LibreOffice Impress Running on Raspbian

If for some reason you need to launch the LibreOffice Impress software from command line you can utilize the following command.

libreoffice --impress [FILENAME]

Lastly if you want to use this command to open a presentation you can specify the file name after --impress.

At this stage you should now have successfully installed the LibreOffice software suite.

If you have had trouble with installing the LibreOffice software or have trouble finding it feel free to drop a comment in the section below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *