Install OpenOffice 3.0 in Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10

OpenOffice 3.0 adds updated ODF format support, Microsoft Office XML format support (reading only), usability improvements, a new start center, improved annotations in Writer, and improved PDF support.

OpenOffice 3.0 on Ubuntu 8.04

You can replace Ubuntu 8.04’s now outdated version of OpenOffice, or keep both versions installed at the same time. It’s not clear whether OpenOffice 3.0 will be available in Ubuntu 8.10, so I’ve tested these instructions with it as well.

  1. Visit the download page, and select the Linux DEB download. The download should be about 150 MB. Extract the tar.gz archive.

  2. OpenOffice is very complex software, and consists 47 packages. The easiest way to install them all is using the terminal. Use dpkg to install all of the packages in the DEBS subdirectory (command is one line, you will be prompted for your password):

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/*.deb
  3. If you’re happy with OpenOffice 3.0, you can optionally remove the older Ubuntu-provided version. Note that removing the old OpenOffice will also remove the ubuntu-desktop metapackage, so don’t do this if you want to be able to upgrade Ubuntu to a new major version.

    sudo apt-get remove
  4. Once the old version of OpenOffice has been removed, you will be able to install the package that provides menu items for OpenOffice 3.0:

    sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb

    [update] If you chose to keep the old version of OpenOffice installed, you’ll have to create your own menu items. Use this command to run OpenOffice 3:

  5. One last step is to associate the document formats to open with OpenOffice 3.0. To do this, right-click on a document file and select Open With->Open With Other Application. Then select the appropriate OpenOffice component for that file.

If you want to remove OpenOffice 3.0, here the huge command to do so:

sudo apt-get remove ooobasis3.0-base ooobasis3.0-binfilter ooobasis3.0-calc ooobasis3.0-core01 ooobasis3.0-core02 ooobasis3.0-core03 ooobasis3.0-core04 ooobasis3.0-core05 ooobasis3.0-core06 ooobasis3.0-core07 ooobasis3.0-draw ooobasis3.0-en-us ooobasis3.0-en-us-base ooobasis3.0-en-us-binfilter ooobasis3.0-en-us-calc ooobasis3.0-en-us-draw ooobasis3.0-en-us-help ooobasis3.0-en-us-impress ooobasis3.0-en-us-math ooobasis3.0-en-us-res ooobasis3.0-en-us-writer ooobasis3.0-gnome-integration ooobasis3.0-graphicfilter ooobasis3.0-images ooobasis3.0-impress ooobasis3.0-javafilter ooobasis3.0-kde-integration ooobasis3.0-math ooobasis3.0-onlineupdate ooobasis3.0-ooofonts ooobasis3.0-ooolinguistic ooobasis3.0-pyuno ooobasis3.0-testtool ooobasis3.0-writer ooobasis3.0-xsltfilter openoffice.org3 openoffice.org3-base openoffice.org3-calc openoffice.org3-dict-en openoffice.org3-dict-es openoffice.org3-dict-fr openoffice.org3-draw openoffice.org3-en-us openoffice.org3-impress openoffice.org3-math openoffice.org3-writer

Archived Comments


Awesome. Downloading it Now! The only thing I care about right now is whether ooo 3 is faster. I hope it is!



Thanks a lot for your efforts to help ubuntu easier to utilize the latest software. I would like to ask if the DEB on the site is also for ubuntu x64 build? If yes then are the steps the same?

Best Regards..


OOo has been able to read OOXML for a year now. Why is this considered a “new” thing for 3.0?

Scott Wegner

Just installed OpenOffice 3 on my Windows machine at work for its native Microsoft Open XML support. Haven’t played with it too much, but I’m excited to start. The OpenOffice website was down for much of the day yesterday due to the huge demand from the release. :)


Thank you for this tutorial – it has worked great for me!


Worked a treat, thanks!

Dave K

Thanks, I got it installed.

How does one run it without uninstalling version 2?

I’m not sure what to run from the command line.


Thank you so much


There is a separate 64-bit deb package, but OpenOffice’s temporary download page doesn’t link to it. There’s a link to a site with Bittorrent downloads that does have this package.

Dave K:
I’ve updated with post with the command to run OpenOffice:


I followed the steps 1 and 2, but there only remains Open Office 2.4 in my Apps. What would be the command to run OO3?


My bad… I hadnt updated your page in a couple of hours. Just saw your blurb about “/opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice”…



Rami Taibah

I am getting this error…

/opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice.bin: symbol lookup error: /opt/openoffice.org3/program/../basis-link/program/ undefined symbol: _ZN5tools20getProcessWorkingDirEPN3rtl8OUStringE

Can you help?


I didn’t notice this in step 3:

Note that this will remove the ubuntu-desktop metapackage, so don’t do this if you want to be able to upgrade Ubuntu to a new major version.

How do I put that back. I’m quite keen to upgrade to 8.10 in a few weeks. Can I just reinstall that package again? Could you show me how - I’m a total linux newb - It’s only been on my desktop for a few hours and it’s a bit of a learning curve!



You should be able to just re-install the ‘ubuntu-desktop’ package in Synaptic. This will re-install all the default Ubuntu applications.

Saman Sadeghi


If uninstalling Oo2 removed the ubuntu-desktop metapackage, couldn’t we just add it back by using Synaptic? I’m not sure, so I thought that I should ask…


A really great tutorial, thanks, it’s worked a treat.


Saman Sadeghi:
You could, but re-installing the ubuntu-desktop metapackage would re-install OpenOffice and the default applications again.


Thanks for all your help!
All configured and running with Oo3


I have followed your fine guide, and everything seems to work. It’s just ugly as hell.

I think it’s because it is not integrated with Gnome, GTK og Nautilus - is this right? Both the icons, the rest of the theme and the file-dialog is very ugly.


thanks heaps, i spent a couple of hours trying to find some basic info to help install, this got me there in one command line, awesome.


Sorry, doesn’t work for me, I get a


:( - Just Opening a Text Document.


Tom said, in October 14th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

You should be able to just re-install the ‘ubuntu-desktop’ package in Synaptic. This will re-install all the default Ubuntu applications.

Thanks for your quick reply.

Hmm. I’m not sure I’d want to do that - sounds like I’d lose oo3 and perhaps other apps/configurations which I’ve changed since installing base Ubuntu, wouldn’t it?


Note that AFAIK those .deb packages are compiled for the Debian, not for the Ubuntu. So those packages might work on Ubuntu or those might not.


Default applications that have been removed will be re-installed, and default applications that you have upgraded could cause problems. I wouldn’t recommend it if you have a lot of these.


I installed it using the same process on Hardy 64bit (got the AMD64 debs) and it runs fine. But synaptic refuses to work properly until it’s uninstalled, always offering a partial upgrade, which is to remove all the OO3 components, to get synaptic working again.


Loved the instructions and installed OOo 3. However, not sure how to get the menus to load.
If I click on Applications>Office> I see the new OOo3 there but after clicking on any of them nothing seems to load.

Can anyone assist here?

Running Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy, i386.

BTW: we use OOo at our office (Windows unfortunately) and it loaded fine and is considerably faster there than 2.4.x.



Ahh, another of those wonderful learning experiences…. I unpacked the tar.gz, and from the console tried to run the upgrade script. No go. From Konqueror, I tried installing the individual .deb files. No go. Fooled around with Adept, Aptitude, apt-get and dpkg with no good results.

Googled Ubuntu and OOo3, and BINGO!! Your tut works perfectly, Tom. Thank you!


Great Turtorial, using ooo3 now and by the way what theme is that ?



Outstanding! Thanks.


I installed the 64-bit version without removing the older Ubuntu-provided version. I notice that the extension manager doesn’t work at all unless I run OpenOffice as root. Also all the permissions for all the files are not set correctly using this method. I did a ‘chmod -R root.root /opt/openoffice*’ but I’m not sure this is the correct or most secure way to handle this.


Thanks for this tutorial. I got a problem with the installation in Ubuntu 8.04. I uninstalled OOo 2.4 first and then installed OOo 3. Installation went smooth. No menus created in the Office applications. I opened the OOo 3 using the method given. Upto this stage all went ok. when I opened the calc application OOO 3 crashed, now rolling back to 2.4 version. I will try again as I have to complete some work.


Super! Thanks! I have now new polish version :)


Thanks - I’ve reinstalled my OS since my last post and gave this another go, only I left my old version installed so that I have no problems upgrading to 8.10 later this month.

I can start OO3 from the commandline, and my only problem now is knowing how to add OO3 to the menu where the previous versions currently live. There doesn’t seem to be an obvious way of removing menu entries without deleting the underlying apps. I’d like to remove the 2.4 entries and add entries for 3. Is this possible?



If you don’t want to keep 2.4, there is a very easy way to upgrade in Intrepid (8.10)

Just go into System / Administration / Software Sources.

Under the Tird-Party Software tab, click Add and add the following line:
deb intrepid main

OOo 3.0 is now available in the Update-Manager, and it will install all the dependencies.

Worked like a charm for me :)


You can delete menu items with System->Preferences->Main Menu. Right click on an item and select Delete.


Just a note that you can make the removal simpler by using the following command:

sudo aptitude remove ooobasis3.0-~n openoffice.org3~n

Aptitude is simply a higher-level interface to the package management system and the ~n simply matches anything.


You saved my life mate!!!Been trying for ages. Thanks a lot!!!


Lifesaver! I’ve been driving myself nuts trying to get this installed - your instructions worked first time. Thanks!


I got these errors after executing
“sudo dpkg -i …../*.deb”

Setting up openoffice.org3-dict-en (3.0.0-9) …
javaldx: Could not find a Java Runtime Environment!

Setting up openoffice.org3-dict-es (3.0.0-9) …
javaldx: Could not find a Java Runtime Environment!

Setting up openoffice.org3-dict-fr (3.0.0-9) …
javaldx: Could not find a Java Runtime Environment!

And this error on installing “openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb”

dpkg: regarding …/openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb containing conflicts with provides and is to be installed.
dpkg: error processing /home/natesan/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/desktop-integration/openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb (–install):
conflicting packages - not installing
Errors were encountered while processing:

Pls help. Thanks


FYI I’ve Kubuntu 8.10 installed. and later downloaded JRE from


After googling, I found a link, and the steps given, helped me to install OOo 3 smoothly in Hardy Heron (8.04.1). A work around for the ubuntu desktop keeping OOo 3 is also there.

If any one got problem in installing OOo 3 in Hardy can check the above link. Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex release did not have OOo3.To install OOo3 in Intrepid Ibex softpedia has a nice post.

Thanks Tom,


Just to reiterate (as per previous poster) - in Hardy, using x64 .deb files (downloaded by Torrent), installing on top of OOo3Beta .deb has resulted in a broken apt.

Oh dear.


AMD64 problem sorted. Issue was with the Beta previously installed. Following solved that problem:
sudo dpkg -r ooobasis3.0-emailmerge ooobasis3.0-en-us-onlineupd
Then the command as above to install (if downloaded to Desktop):
sudo dpkg -i ~/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/*.deb

Seems to work OK - perhaps an edit to your How-to for those of us who followed your original How-to for the beta?


Why not use the update script provided with

sudo ./update



I had already installed OO3 in my new Ubuntu Intrepid system, but since I hadn’t uninstalled 2.x the menu entries weren’t installed. I used your command to uninstall 2.x and then your command to install the menu entries. The entries were created, but unfortunately without icons.

Icon location has always been a big nuisance to me. Yes, I know about /usr/share/pixmaps and /usr/share/icons, but a lot of the time, what I’m looking for ain’t there.


thankyou so much, i’ll enjoy it!!


Right on Patrik77…
worked like a charm for me too…
just add this line to your repos
deb intrepid main
and install from Synaptic…
it removed OOo2 completely, installed OOo3 and took care of the menus too… seamless install…
Bravo Patrik77


Thanx for the exploration report .. :-)

Another clean way to avoid removing the metapackages for future updates, is to change the file: /usr/bin/ooffice

Replace this line:
/usr/lib/openoffice/program/soffice “$@”

With this one:
/opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice “$@”

Then all your menu links, point to OO3 as well as your extensions. And you can easily change back.




I’ve installed OO3 in 8.04 and now I can’t get sound to work in Impress :( I’ve read that this occurs because OO3 uses Java not Totem for media playback. Is there any way to change this or to work around it?


Removing all that packages can be achieved with a much shorter command. Just do this in the directory that contains all the debs:

sudo dpkg –purge $(for f in o*.deb; do echo $(dpkg -f $f Package); done)


I successfully installed OO 3.0 on Hardy from a DVD supplied by LinuxFormat magazine.
Only one problem the dictionary is USA. Is an English UK dictionary available?


The read me of the package reports Gnome 2.6 or above as a REQUIREMENT.

I have gnome 2.22.3 in ubuntu 8.04. Is it safe to install this?


Thanks! Worked great!


Question, I left 2.4 installed, but I’d like to associate all my .odm, .doc, .ppt, etc with 3.0. How do I do that?

The choices in Open With -> Other Applications seems to point to 2.4.



Never mind. If anyone hasn’t figured it out….

Right click on the icon to change (i.e. .doc, .odm., .odt, etc), choose PROPERTIES, then click the OPEN WITH tab, then the ADD button. Once in that window, at the bottom click “Use a custom command” and type /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice in that box. Click ADD. Then make sure the “soffice” radio button is clicked. Then click close. That extension is now associated with OOo3.


Thanks v. much tried a few sites but only yours has worked for me! Cheers!


About a week ago an update for OpenOffice 3 was available (system notified), but when I go to update it states partial upgrade then failed to update because of problems with partial update.

Is anybody experiencing a partial upgrade issue?

Is there anyway to resolve it?


Great tutorial :) Thanks.
Wondering when they are going to officialy release it for 8.04 :)


Big help, big help. And sueplraitve news of course.

ubuntu x64 newbie

thank so much, very simple and straight to the point, works great for me in Ubuntu 8.10 in x86_64


OpenOffice 3.0.1 is now out.


i wont to install glep..

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