How To Install OpenOffice on Debian 10

Install OpenOffice on Debian 10

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install OpenOffice on Debian 10. For those of you who didn’t know, Apache OpenOffice, commonly known as or OpenOffice, is an open-source office productivity software suite whose main components are for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you through the step-by-step installation of OpenOffice on a Debian 10 (Buster).


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 10 (Buster).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install OpenOffice on Debian 10 Buster

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Java.

To install OpenJDK JDK/JRE, follow the article here.

Step 3. Installing OpenOffice on Debian 10.

Now we go to the Apache Downloads page to pull the latest stable release:


Once the download is complete, extract the downloaded file from your system:

tar xzf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.9_Linux_x86-64_install-deb_en-US.tar.gz

Then, navigate to the Apache OpenOffice installation directory and to its DEBS folder, You will see a list of Debian packages there. Install all packages using the following command:

cd en-US/DEBS
sudo dpkg -i *.deb

After that, we have to integrate the packages with our Desktop:

cd desktop-integration/ 
sudo dpkg -i openoffice4.1.9-debian-menus*.deb

Step 4. Accessing OpenOffice on Debian.

Once successfully installed, OpenOffice is available from System’s main menu. Alternately, you can open it from the terminal:


Or search for OpenOffice on your start menu to start using it.

Install OpenOffice on Debian 10

Congratulations! You have successfully installed OpenOffice. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing OpenOffice on Debian 10 Buster. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official OpenOffice website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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