How to Install FreeOffice on Ubuntu 22.10/22.04/20.04

FreeOffice is a free, open-source office suite with a word processor, spreadsheet application, and presentation program. The suite is compatible with Microsoft Office, making it an ideal choice for users who want an alternative to expensive proprietary software. FreeOffice offers all the features of a mainstream office suite, including support for complex documents, multimedia elements, and more. The suite also includes several unique features, such as opening and editing password-protected files. Whether you’re looking for an affordable alternative to Microsoft Office or a free and open-source option, FreeOffice is worth checking out.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install FreeOffice on an Ubuntu desktop with the current significant releases supported and tested with the official SoftMaker APT repository using the command line terminal and instructions on how to update and remove the software in the future if required.

Important Notice

The following tutorial was done with a Ubuntu 22.04 LTS release and example images taken, but it was tested on Ubuntu 22.10 and 20.04. In the future, if Ubuntu makes any changes to break the tutorial for one of the distribution versions, please place a comment for me to investigate so I can update the tutorial.

Recommended Steps Before Installation

Before proceeding with the tutorial, ensuring your system is up-to-date with all existing packages is good.

sudo apt update

Optionally, you can list the updates for users who require review or are curious.



sudo apt --list upgradable

Proceed to upgrade any outdated packages using the following command.

sudo apt upgrade

Install FreeOffice Suite

The first and easiest method is to install FreeOffice using the source APT repository. This version is often up-to-date, but if you prefer working with the latest versions, then using the Flatpak or Snapcraft version would be best.

First, install the required packages.

sudo apt install dirmngr ca-certificates software-properties-common apt-transport-https curl -y

Next, import the GPG key required to verify the authenticity of the packages as follows.

curl -fsSL https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/linux-repo-public.key | gpg --dearmor | sudo tee /usr/share/keyrings/softmaker.gpg > /dev/null

Now import the APT repository using the following command.

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb [signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/softmaker.gpg] https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt stable non-free' > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/softmaker.list"

Run a quick APT update to reflect the newly added APT source.



sudo apt update

Lastly, install FreeOffice using the following command.

sudo apt install softmaker-freeoffice-2021 -y

Launch FreeOffice Applications

Now, the best method to launch FreeOffice is using the application icon.

Activities > Show Applications > FreeOffice {Text Maker, Presentations, PlanMaker}

Example:

example launching freeoffice on ubuntu desktop from applications menu

Alternatively, you may want to use it for applications quite frequently. Right-click the icon and add it to favorites, making the icons appear on the taskbar.

The first time you open any FreeOffice applications, you will be prompted to select a theme. This user choice has multiple light and dark theme options with icons.



Example:

example preferences with freeoffice on ubuntu desktop

Once configured, you can use the FreeOffice version of the application you launched; they would look similar to the one below.

Example FreeOffice Text Maker:

freeoffice on ubuntu example textmaker

Example FreeOffice Presentations:

freeoffice on ubuntu example presentations

Example FreeOffice PlanMaker:

freeoffice on ubuntu example planmaker

Update FreeOffice Suite

Next are the commands to run in your terminal to check for updates. These commands will blanket-check all installed packages on your system that match the installation package manager. Ideally, you should run this regardless, even if auto-updates are set up to ensure your system is up-to-date, and no update errors occur for newer users.



sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

Remove FreeOffice Suite

First, remove the office suite using the following command for users who no longer wish to install FreeOffice.

sudo apt autoremove softmaker-freeoffice-2021 --purge -y

Users that will no longer require the APT import repository since you will not use it again can safely remove it, which is good housekeeping and security best practices.

sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/softmaker.list

Optionally, you can remove the GPG as well with the following command.

sudo rm /usr/share/keyrings/softmaker.gpg


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