How To Install 3.0.0 On Ubuntu 8.04

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Author: Falko Timme

This guide shows how you can install the new OpenOffice 3.0.0 office suite on your Ubuntu 8.04 desktop. Your current OpenOffice installation will not be removed unless you uninstall it with Synaptic or on the command line, so you can run both versions in parallel if you like.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing OpenOffice 3.0.0

Visit and go to the download section; select the Linux DEB download for your language...

... and save it to your hard drive (e.g. on the desktop):

After the download has finished, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal)...

... and go to the directory where you've saved OpenOffice 3.0 (I've saved it on my desktop, /home/falko/Desktop/):

cd /home/falko/Desktop/

Uncompress the archive...

tar xvfz OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz

... and go to the directory that contains all the .deb packages...

cd OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/

... and install them with one single command:

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

If you have decided to uninstall Ubuntu's OpenOffice package (using Synaptic or the command line), you can also install the OpenOffice 3.0.0 desktop integration package (it contains launchers, etc.) as follows:

cd desktop-integration/
sudo dpkg -i openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb

This works only if you have previously uninstalled Ubuntu's OpenOffice package (don't do this if you want to run Ubuntu's OpenOffice and OpenOffice 3.0.0 in parallel)! If you have not, you will see the following error:

falko@falko-desktop:~/Desktop/OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358/DEBS/desktop-integration$ sudo dpkg -i openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb
[sudo] password for falko:
Selecting previously deselected package
dpkg: regarding openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb containing conflicts with provides and is to be installed.
dpkg: error processing openoffice.org3.0-debian-menus_3.0-9354_all.deb (--install):
conflicting packages - not installing
Errors were encountered while processing:

After you've successfully installed the desktop integration package, you can find OpenOffice 3.0.0 launchers under Applications > Office:

After the installation has finished, you can delete the downloaded archive and the OpenOffice directory:

cd ../../
rm -fr OOO300_m9_native_packed-1_en-US.9358 OOo_3.0.0_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz


2 Creating A Launcher

(This is necessary only if you want to run Ubuntu's OpenOffice package and OpenOffice 3.0.0 in parallel and therefore could not install the OpenOffice desktop integration package!)

Unfortunately, the installation hasn't created a launcher for OpenOffice 3.0.0 in our menus (the launcher that you see under Applications > Office is still for your old OpenOffice version), therefore we have to create it manually. Right-click on Applications and select Edit Menus:

Select the Office category and click on New Item:

Fill in a name for the launcher (e.g. OpenOffice 3.0.0 Writer) and then click on the Browse button to find the OpenOffice 3.0.0 executable:

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From: Ray

Installed 3.1 using this tutorial on three machines. Went like clockwork. After installing desktop integration package on two of the machines needed to reboot before OpenOffice icons were displayed in Applications>Office, the other displayed icons without need to reboot.

From: Juppster

Fantastic! Many thanks! All worked better than if I'd had to go out and spend money on it :)  The community's help like this is very generous. Thanks again.

From: Ares

Excellent help, thanks a lot!

I had some trouble at first, but then I decided to completely uninstall the OOo2.4 that came bundled with my Ubuntu 8.04 distro, my OOo3.0.1 failed install and download OOo3.0 again and follow your instructions to the letter.

 As I said, great help.


Monterrey, Mexico.

From: Krishna

It was a tremendous help. Reminded me once again of why I love Open Source and the community

From: Estevam Henrique Portela Mota e Silva


I'm testing my ubuntu 8.10 RC, I put
"deb Intrepid main"
"deb-src Intrepid main"
no source.list (/etc /apt)

aptitude update
aptitude upgrade

Openoffice is opening normally
Estevam Mota


Thanks Falco!

These instructions worked well for me under Ibex 8.10. A note: to get the desktop integration to install, I first removed the default OO 2.4 components using Add/Remove..., then went into Synaptic and removed followed by removing 1:2.4.1 (and its dependencies).


-- DrJohn

From: Shanyar

Thanks for this tuts.

It's a good idea if u write a tutorial  about openoffice 3 for openSuse.

 Thanks anyway ;)

From: Only

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*

 this command worked to remove 2.4 but I had to install all of the components to get it to remove all of the components. But after words I just used Gdebi Package installer to install 3.0. (right clicked on deb file and clicked open with)

From: bill

Great Job!! Easy to follow worked no problem. Thank You.

From: Zarafet

This crap does not work. I have tried every online manual imaginable to download the 3.0 version? When can we get a terminal code to make all of our lives easier? I changed from Vista to Ubuntu and love Ubuntu a million times better, but this is one of the moments I am getting frustrated.

From: Gudni

Thanks for an excellent tutorial.

You might want to add a tip for those who don't know how to uninstall OpenOffice 2

I found this helpful

dpkg -l | grep packagename ( in this case, openoffice)


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From: Max

Thank you for the excellent tutorial. I followed it to the letter and everything went as smooth as ever!

From: mhenriday

Lovely tutorial ! As an alternative to using the command line to untar the deb.tar.gz package after it has been downloaded to, say, the desktop, note that this can also be done by double-clicking on the package itself and then clicking the extractor icon in the window that then opens.... Just one of many ways to skin a cat !... Henri

From: juniorcas12

gracias por el aporte pero si es amd:


thanks for you help but im amd 64 doesnt run, to fix :


From: ugm6hr

The AMD64 (64-bit) .deb OO.org3 file is only available on Torrent from here: Download, and then follow instructions as here to install. If you installed the beta .deb before, you need to remove 2 packages before doing this: sudo dpkg -r ooobasis3.0-emailmerge ooobasis3.0-en-us-onlineupd

From: Don'tWorkRight

Hey Guys,

Great tutorial but its not working for some reason. Do I need to remove openoffice.org2?

After everything is installed it says errors were encountered while processing:

and it lists a bunch of errors.

Also it says (amd64) do I have the wrong file? is that the main issue? I simply downloaded the deb file for linux from the link above

From: Anonymous

You likely have the version for amd64. Unless you run Linux in 64 bit mode, you need the regular .deb version of 3 for 32 bits.


From: Colin

Many thanks for producing this - it has saved me a lot of time and trouble.  I am very grateful.  Colin

From: Steve

Worked like a charm!  Thanks for the HowTo!


From: Art S. Kagel

Smooth as silk in Hardy Heron 8.04.  FYI the SUn install script does not work.  Complains about lots of missing debs and utilities (most of which are indeed there).  Following this HowTo worked.  Thanks.


From: Richard

Many thanks for creating this tutorial!

OOo 3 is way better than its predecessor, even if you only look at speed and eyecandy. It's well worth the switch.

Best wishes,


From: Slavix

Thanks a lot, worked very fine on my Ubuntu 8.04

From: Rohan

Hi Falko,

Well man superb once again - installed openoffice 3 and i can say that it works very well. I follow your tutorials right from the time i installed linux for the first time in 2006.

Thanks and keep up the good work


From: George

You can remove all previous openoffice components with one command:

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*.*


From: mokey

awesome, works great.  thanks

From: boutfounast

thanks friend

great tutoriel ;)

From: oeblio

 This worked the first time through with no problems. I used up a 2 year allotment of choice cuss words using other methods that did not work.

From: Richard

The only problem was trying to remove OpenOffice 2.4 - I had to remove each piece separately, but once that was done, it was great - even kept my custom toolbars and options!  Thanks!


Worked like a charm, thx a lot :)

 P.S. At first got quoted trouble with desktop integration when removed previous version using only Applications/Add&Remove. Might help to append this tutorial with single command how to remove all components of previous version at once.

From: gulogulo

Nice tutorial . 

But i wonder why calc doesent synchronize the date whith system time, the today formula gives wrong date 

From: Simon

Thanks! this article was a big help. All the icons had disappeared on Open Office 2. Tried lots of different things, and this article was the answer.

From: Peter

Excellent Instructions. I chose to uninstall 2.4 before trying to install 3. Went very smoothly with your instructions (except the un-tarred directory had changed name slightly - the Tab-completion is great for those complicated directory names!) Thanks for your contribution.

From: Terence

It worked for me. Thanks! I installed 3.1 on Ubuntu Hardy. And my older version 2.4 still works!

From: NetSeeker

Your info was so useful, I can't just pass here and use it without saying thanks!

So, here I go:

Thank you, man!

From: geoffrey

Thank you very much for the instructions on installing oo 3.0 (which I used successfully for 3.1).  It's people like you who make Linux such a great thing. (More than an O.S.)  I wanted to upgrade OO, but not the kernel and Ubuntu makes that hard.  Fortunately I was able to locate this info and it made my day.


From: Gonzalo

I've tried with OOo 3.1.1 and Ubuntu 8.04 and got problems, even following this quite clear and detailed steps.

I manage to solve them removing all about OOo 2.4 with your above mentioned "apt-get remove openoffice*.*" and yet checking in synaptic for some lost OOo stuff, for there were a couple of things left.

Then, being "zero" OOo files in the machine, the process worked up to the desktop integration!


From: eLYaIr

thank you so much for the tut.

From: Anonymous

Thanks a lot, it is successful for my Ubuntu 7.04.

From: pax

i suppose the executable is in /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice ??

it took me too long to find out