LibreOffice: downloading and installing

Downloading and Installing

Windows and Mac

LibreOffice can be downloaded from its Website. This is the only way to get the suite for these Windows and Mac computers. The Web page will have the two latest versions of the suite.

Linux distros

Most Linux distributions come with LibreOffice pre-installed. If they do not, they will typically have the applications in their package manager, a software program used to install and uninstall software applications.

The versions that come preinstalled may not be the latest version, however. To get the latest versions download them from the download page. The downloaded packages typically require you to use the command line to install them.

LibreOffice also can be run on older and more obscure systems.

It also does not need to be installed. It can be run from an external hard drive or USB stick.

Older systems


The latest versions of LibreOffice (6.0 and later) do not run on Windows XP. They run on Windows 7 and later.

Version 5.4 was the last one to run on XP. It is no longer one of the two choices available from LibreOffice’s download page. It is available from The Document Foundation’s archive Website. Click here


The latest versions of the suite work with Mac 10.9 and later. However, PowerPC users can still get a version that works on their computers. Version 5.1 and earlier can be downloaded as a DMG from Oregon State University’s Open Source lab.


Portable app

LibreOffice does not need to be installed to run. The latest versions are available as portable apps. These are software programs that can be placed on a USB drive, virtual drive, or another type of external drive and run.

Version 5.4 through 6.1 for Windows is made available through Portable LibreOffice also can be run on Mac and Linux distros when Windows layer applications, such as CrossOver or WineHQ , are installed. 

Click here to download one of the portable versions