LibreOffice as AppImage

AppImage is a portable application format for Linux that allows users to run applications on rolling (e.g. Arch, openSUSE Tumbleweed) and stable (e.g. Ubuntu LTS, CentOS) Linux distributions very easily, without the need for installation or worry of dependencies. AppImages bundle all the files needed for an application to run (e.g. libraries, translations, icons, fonts) that may not already be present on a user's system.

 

LibreOffice AppImage is a portable version of LibreOffice for Linux that can be run from any location (e.g. local drive, USB, CD, network share) on all popular Linux distributions, including their live CDs. LibreOffice AppImage is available in three versions - Basic, Standard, and Full - which support a different set of languages.

 

The Basic version includes support for the default language, English (US).

 

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The Standard version includes support for English (US and GB), Arabic, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian and Portugal), Russian, and Spanish.

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The Full version includes all languages supported by LibreOffice.

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Running the AppImage from the GUI

  1. Open your file manager and browse to the location of the AppImage

  2. Right-click on the AppImage and click the ‘Properties’ entry

  3. Switch to the Permissions tab and

    1. click the ‘Allow executing file as program’ checkbox if you are using a Nautilus-based file manager (Files, Nemo, Caja)

    2. click the ‘Is executable’ checkbox if you are using Dolphin

    3. click the ‘Allow this file to run as a program’ checkbox in Thunar

    4. change the ‘Execute’ drop down list to ‘Anyone’ if you are using PCManFM

  4. Close the dialog

  5. Double-click on the AppImage file to run

 

Tutorial [Animated GIF]: https://cdn-standard4.discourse.org/.../...500x500.gif

Tutorial [Video]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzZ6Ikc7juw

Running the AppImage from the Terminal

  1. Open your terminal application, if not already open

  2. Browse to the location of the AppImage

  3. Make the AppImage executable
    $ chmod a+x LibreOffice*.AppImage

  4. Run it
    $ ./LibreOffice*.AppImage

Notes

  • LibreOffice AppImages repackage the same binary files found in the .tar.gz files that are distributed on the main download page.

  • LibreOffice AppImages will run on the distributions that will run an installed version of LibreOffice, but expect the user’s system to have some libraries that aren’t bundled with the AppImage, like Java (used in Base) and GStreamer (used in Impress).

  • LibreOffice AppImages were tested and run on these old versions of stable distributions and their newer versions - Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Debian 6, Fedora 12, openSUSE 11.3, Mageia 2, PCLinuxOS 2013.07.15, Puppy 6, Salix 13.37 (Slackware), CentOS 6

  • LibreOffice AppImages were tested and run on these rolling distributions - Solus, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Antergos (Arch), Sabayon (Gentoo), Tails

  • LibreOffice AppImages uses their own user profile folder, so they won’t conflict with the user profile of an installed version of LibreOffice on your system.

  • LibreOffice AppImages are currently only available as 64-bit executables, so they will only run on 64-bit Linux distributions.

  • LibreOffice AppImages doesn’t bundle help documentation to ensure they are small in size, so pressing F1 will launch your default browser to LibreOffice’s online help.

  • AppImages require FUSE to run. If your system does not have a working FUSE setup, you can still extract the contents of the AppImages using the --appimage-extract option.

  • AppImages aren’t sandboxed, so if you’ll like to run them that way, please read this guide to sandbox with firejail.

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