How to Install LibreOffice 6.1 in Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04


The default LibreOffice office suite reached the new major 6.1 released a few days ago. Here’s how you can install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18/19, and derivatives.

According to Libreoffice 6.1 release note, the new release brings new icon themes and app icons, better KDE integration, reworked image handling, improvements to Excel 2003 XML import, continued GTK3/GNOME improvements, and more.

Tutorial Objectives:

  • How to Install LibreOffice 6.1 via Snap in Ubuntu.
  • How to Install LibreOffice 6.1 via official PPA in Ubuntu.(Recommended)
  • Enjoy!

How to Install LibreOffice 6.1 via Snap in Ubuntu:

While LibreOffice PPA is not ready for the new release at the moment, you can install the snap package in Ubuntu 18.04 and/or Ubuntu 16.04 easily via following steps.

Snap is containerised software package, designed to work securely within most Linux desktop. It bundles all its dependencies and auto-updates itself.

To install LibreOffice 6.1 snap, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install the first ‘libreoffice’ package from Snappy store.


Or open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run single command to install it:

snap install libreoffice


The snap package co-exists with default Libreoffice package. Other than open it from software launcher, you can run /snap/bin/libreoffice command to make sure you’re running the snap version.

How to Install LibreOffice 6.1 via PPA in Ubuntu:

All current Ubuntu releases can easily upgrade the current LibreOffice packages to the latest via LibreOffice Fresh PPA (check the link to see if the new release is published).

1. Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, and then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Type your password (no asterisks feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.


2. Then you can upgrade LibreOffice through Software Updater (Update Manager) once the new release is made into PPA.

or run commands one by one to install the latest release from PPA:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install libreoffice


You can purge the PPA and downgrade LibreOffice to Ubuntu pre-installed version via command:

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

To simply remove LibreOffice PPA, open Software & Updater and navigate to Other Software tab.


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  1. Unfortunately the 6.1 has not made it to the PPA. I guess there is some delay. ;-(

  2. I still cannot update LibreOffice via using PPA in Ubuntu 18.04 🙁

  3. Thanks.
    But I encountered an issue. I have installed via ppa. Only draw drawing and math formula are availabe.
    How do I add base database and impress presentation?

  4. Why isn’t there a date on this article?

  5. To remove a version of libreOffice as a 6.1.3
    Just the command below:

    sudo apt-get remove libobasis6.1-core*

    So there will be no duplicate versions

  6. How to add LibreOffice STILL ppa as opposed to FRESH as it is more stable.