How to Install LibreOffice 5.4 via Official PPA in Ubuntu


The Libreoffice office suite reached the new major 5.4 release 3 days ago. Now it’s available in the official backports PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Linux Mint 18.x, and their derivatives.

What’s new in LibreOffice 5.4:

  • a new standard color palette
  • improved file format compatibility
  • importing PDFs now yield much better quality
  • support for OpenPGP key signing of documents on Linux
  • better performance of LibreOffice Online
  • and many new improvements, see release note.
LibreOffice 5.4

How to Install LibreOffice 5.4 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases and the next Ubuntu 17.10, the LibreOffice packaging team built the packages a few hours ago into the PPA.

Although the package version marked as “rc3”, it is assumed to become the final release. See the PPA description for details.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) and hit Enter.

LibreOffice Fresh PPA

2. Then simply launch Software Updater and upgrade the office suite by installing the updates:



You can purge the PPA repository which also downgrade to the stock version of LibreOffice in your Ubuntu by running command:

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

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. This method for updating Libreoffice worked for me. But anyone thinking of updating must consider that Zotero will not work with Libreoffice 5.4. In fact, because I screwed up my system trying to get zotero to work with Libreoffice 5.4, I had to reinstall my OS (Linux Mint 18). Since I had a separate /home partition, it wasn’t that painful for me.

  2. my LibreOffice writer is not opening / working in ubuntu 17.04 after upgrade. what to do