Installing LibreOffice on Mac

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You also can obtain LibreOffice through the Mac App Store, called LibreOffice Vanilla. Click here to see a page about this version.

Mac LibreOffice vs. Windows and Linux versions

LibreOffice for the Mac has all the features and applications that the Windows and Linux distro versions have. However, when it comes to being installed, the Mac version of LibreOffice has less options than the other two.

The Windows version has a typical installation and a customized installation, that allows users to choose user interface languages, components, and dictionaries through an installation wizard. The wizard also has features that allow the installed LibreOffice to be modified and uninstalled. In addition to this, there are several versions of the suite in the Windows 10 Store and a portable version that can be taken from computer to computer.

Many Linux distros come with LibreOffice preinstalled. It also can easily be installed through the distro’s software store or library. Users can install individual applications, rather than the entire suite. There are also several different ways to download the suite: directly through the Website, through Snap, through Flatpak, as an AppImage, etc.

The Mac version can either be downloaded directly from or installed through the Mac Store. Unlike the Linux versions, only the entire suite can be installed. Individual applications cannot be left uninstalled. It also doesn’t have individual icons for each application. In order to launch LibreOffice without clicking on a document that has already been created, you have to click the white icon that launches StartCenter.

Download from Website

The most common way to install LibreOffice is by downloading the DMG file from libreoffice,org and then running the installation process. The specific page is

  • If you are visiting the Web page on your Mac, the Web page will recognize that you are using a Mac and shows macOS in the drop-down menus for the two versions that are available.
  • If you are not using a Mac, simply click the drop-down menu for one of the two version choices. Then click on macOS (64-bit).

The latest version is on top. It has the latest features and changes from the development team. The bottom version is older, but most likely has less bugs because it has been tested for a longer period of time.

Simply click the Download button for the desired one. NOTE: You may want to change the location where your browser downloads the DMG.

After clicking the Download button, you will be taken to a Donation page. There is no need to make a donation. The download has already started.


Once the DMG is downloaded, go to where the file is located. Double-click it. This opens a dialog that allows you to drag an image of the LibreOffice icon to an image of the Applications folder.

  1. Click the LibreOffice image and hold down the left-side of the mouse button.
  2. Drag the LibreOffice image into the image of the folder. This will start the installation process.

To launch the application, go to the the Application folder, and double-click the LibreOffice icon. It will launch and the icon will appear in the Dock.

If LibreOffice does not launch, go to the Security & Privacy page in Settings and set it to App Store and identified developers.

  1. Click Settings, either the icon or System Preferences in the Apple menu, to launch Settings.
  2. Click the Security & Privacy icon.
  3. Click the General tab
  4. If Allow apps downloaded from cannot be changed, click the lock in the bottom, left of the dialog.
  5. Type your password in the dialog that appears.
  6. Click the Unlock button.
  7. Click the radio button for App Store and identified developers
  8. Click the lock in the bottom, left corner of the dialog.
  9. Return to the Applications folder and double-click the LibreOffice icon.

Other pages related to LibreOffice for Mac

Here are other pages specifically about LibreOffice on Mac: