Upgrade Your LibreOffice to Version 5.2 on Ubuntu

The much loved LibreOffice 5.2 was released last week and we are in love with the changes it brought along one of which is the new single-toolbar mode for Writers.

And while packages have been available in a variety of formats (source downloads, Snap and Flatpak), we are positive that some of our fellow LibreOffice users have been waiting to upgrade from the official PPA.

So therefore, it is with joy that we you that the latest version of LibreOffice is still open-source and free – as well as available to install from the official LibreOffice PPA ad there is support for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

To add the LibreOffice PPA to your Software Sources, open a new Terminal window (Alt + Ctrl + t) and enter the following command. Confirm your user password when prompted:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa && sudo apt update

Now, after doing that there is a small package conflict you’ll need to take care of just before you proceed to run sudo-apt upgrade or to launch the Software Updater to complete the upgrade.

You will need to manually remove the old version of your LibreOffice before it can be upgraded because LibreOffice 5.2 uses the newer LibreOffice-GTK2:

sudo apt remove libreoffice-gtk

Next, complete the upgrade by running:

sudo apt dist-upgrade && sudo apt install libreoffice-gtk2 libreoffice-gnome

And that’s all. You should have shiny new versions of LibreOffice Writer, Calc, Impress, and all the other goodies in the open-source suite. You’re welcome.

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