Tips & tricks

Installing FreeOffice 2021 for Linux

SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 contains a set of 64-bit applications that can be used with 64-bit (x86_64, amd64) Linux distributions. 32-bit distributions are not supported.

We test SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 with the current versions of the following distributions, and we recommend that you choose one of them:

Information about installing on other systems can be found here.

You can install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 for Linux in one of the following two ways:

  1. Via the SoftMaker repository: This is the recommended installation method if you are using a DEB-based or RPM-based Linux. You add the SoftMaker repository once to your Linux system and then receive all updates automatically.
  2. By downloading from our web server: You download SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 and install it manually. When an update is released, you download the new installation package and install it again manually.

Debian

Recommended: Installation via the SoftMaker repository

If you use the SoftMaker repository, you can easily install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 and keep it up to date.

Open a shell or terminal window and enter these commands to set up the repository and install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

su -
wget -qO - https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/linux-repo-public.key | apt-key add -
echo "deb https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt stable non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/softmaker.list
apt update
apt install softmaker-freeoffice-2021

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, your Linux package manager will keep SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 up-to-date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 to the latest available revision:

su -
apt update
apt upgrade

Alternative: Manual installation

First, download the .deb installation package of SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

Download

Open a shell or terminal window, and enter these commands to install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

su -
apt update
apt install -f ./softmaker-freeoffice-2021_1046-01_amd64.deb

Note: If you have not downloaded the .deb file to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the .deb file.

When a service pack is released, download the latest .deb installation package and install it again as just described.


Ubuntu, Linux Mint

Recommended: Installation via the SoftMaker repository

If you use the SoftMaker repository, you can easily install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 and keep it up to date.

Open a shell or terminal window, and enter these commands to set up the repository and install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

sudo -i
wget -qO - https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/linux-repo-public.key | apt-key add -
echo "deb https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt stable non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/softmaker.list
apt update
apt install softmaker-freeoffice-2021

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, your Linux package manager will keep SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 up to date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 to the latest available revision:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Alternative: Manual installation

First, download the .deb installation package of SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

Download

Open a shell or terminal window, and enter these commands to install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install -f ./softmaker-freeoffice-2021_1046-01_amd64.deb

Note: If you have not downloaded the .deb file to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the .deb file.

When a service pack is released, download the latest .deb installation package and install it again as just described.


Manjaro

Manjaro includes SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 in its repository, making its installation especially easy.

Open a shell or terminal window, and enter this command to install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

sudo pamac install freeoffice

The Manjaro package manager keeps SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 up to date automatically.


Fedora

Recommended: Installation via the SoftMaker repository

If you use the SoftMaker repository, you can easily install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 and keep it up to date.

Open a shell or terminal window, and enter this command to set up the repository:

sudo wget -qO /etc/yum.repos.d/softmaker.repo https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/softmaker.repo

If you use dnf, proceed as follows to install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install softmaker-freeoffice-2021

If you use yum, proceed as follows to install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

sudo yum update
sudo yum install softmaker-freeoffice-2021

If Fedora prompts you to confirm the import of the SoftMaker GPG key, you should do so.

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, your Linux package manager will keep SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 up to date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 to the latest available revision:

– If you use yum:

sudo yum update

– If you use dnf:

sudo dnf update

Alternative: Manual installation

Our RPM installation packages are digitally signed. Before installing SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021, you should download our public GPG key:

Download

Open a shell or terminal window, and enter this command to import the GPG key:

sudo rpm --import ./linux-repo-public.key

Note: If you have not downloaded the GPG key to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the key file.

If you skip this step, you will still be able to install SoftMaker RPM packages, but you must press Ignore when you are informed of the missing GPG key.

Then install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 by double-clicking on the RPM installation package.

When a service pack is released, download the latest RPM installation package, and install it again with a double click.


openSUSE

Recommended: Installation via the SoftMaker repository

If you use the SoftMaker repository, you can easily install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 and keep it up to date.

Open a shell or terminal window, and enter these commands to set up the repository:

sudo zypper addrepo -f https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/rpm SoftMaker
sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ref

You must confirm these commands by entering your root password.

Then enter this command to install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

sudo zypper install softmaker-freeoffice-2021

If you have set up automatic updates on your system, your Linux package manager will keep SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 up to date automatically.

If you do not use automatic updates on your system, entering these commands will update SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 to the latest available revision:

– If you use zypper:

sudo zypper update

– If you use yum:

sudo yum update

– If you use dnf:

sudo dnf upgrade

Alternative: Manual installation

Our RPM installation packages are digitally signed. Before installing SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021, you should download our public GPG key:

Download

Open a shell or terminal window, and enter this command to import the GPG key:

sudo rpm --import ./linux-repo-public.key

Note: If you have not downloaded the GPG key to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the key file.

Do not skip this step, as the installation will fail otherwise with the obscure error message "Internal error" flashing briefly on the screen.

Then install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 by right-clicking on the RPM installation package and selecting "Open with" and then "YaST Software". Press Accept to start the installation.

When a service pack is released, you can install it in the same way.


Installation on other systems

If your system is not listed here and you cannot run the installation with the above instructions, you can install SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021 using our .tgz-based installation package.

First, download the .tgz installation package of SoftMaker FreeOffice 2021:

Download

Unpack it:

tar xvzf ./softmaker-freeoffice-2021-1046-amd64.tgz

Note: If you have not downloaded the .tgz file to the current folder, replace ./ with the path to the .tgz file.

Then run the installation script contained in it:

./installfreeoffice

Restoring document icons

When you install FreeOffice 2021, the icons for common document formats such as DOCX, XLSX and PPTX are assigned to FreeOffice. If you do not like our icon style, you can easily restore the previous icons by running this script:

sudo /usr/share/freeoffice2021/mime/remove_icons.sh