How to Install LibreOffice 5.3 in Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04

LibreOffice 5.3

LibreOffice 5.3, a new stable series of the open-source office suite, was released today on February 1. The official binaries are available for download. And Ubuntu PPA will has built the packages soon.

What’s New in LibreOffice 5.3:

  • Many UI/UX improvements and the MUFFIN interfaces (Microsoft Ribbon UI)
  • First source release of LibreOffice Online, that offers basic collaborative editing of documents in a browser
  • Faster rendering performance
  • New text layout engine
  • And much more, see the release note.
LibreOffice Writer with Sidebar

How to Install LibreOffice 5.3 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Although LibreOffice website offers official DEB binaries, the best way to install or upgrade to LibreOffice 5.3 in Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17 & 18 is using the LibreOffice Fresh PPA.

Once the PPA updated with the new packages, follow the steps below to install it:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type in your password when it prompts and hit Enter.

LibreOffice Fresh PPA

2. After that, launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and after checking for updates you’ll see new release of LibreOffice packages available:

upgrade LibreOffice office suite

How to Downgrade

To uninstall the new LibreOffice release and downgrade to the original version available in Ubuntu main repository, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa

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  1. This PPA does not have libreoffice 5.3. The version there is 5.2.5.

  2. leocheck is right. This is not version 5.3. It’s, at least it is as of today, February 2, 2017.

  3. it’s ok since yesterday (3/2/2017)

    now testing

  4. I’ve installed … but it looks horrible. Not at all the gnome stile (KDE??)

  5. After adding the PPA, upgrade from 5.1 (Ubuntu/Mint repo) to was available in Mint 18.1.