Install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 on Fedora 23/22, CentOS/RHEL 7.1/6.7

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Are you looking LibreOffice 5.0/4.4 Install guide?

This is quick guide to install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 on Fedora 23/22/21/20/19/18/17/16/15/14/13/12, CentOS 7.1/6.7, Red Hat (RHEL) 7.1/6.7 with using Apache OpenOffice original RPM packages.

What’s new in Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 release

  • New Sidebar – The Sidebar makes better use of today’s widescreen displays than traditional toolbars
  • Interoperability Improvements
  • DrawObject Improvements/Enhancements
  • Extensions Improvements/Enhancements
  • Many resource leaks were fixed

Check full feature list here.

Install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 on Fedora 23/22/21/20, CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7.1/6.7

1. Download Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 Linux Package

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 32-bit version

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 64-bit version

2. Change to root User

3. Remove and Packages with following command

4. Extract Package and Access Directory

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

5. Block and libreoffice-ure package updates

In other words, “pin” and libreoffice-ure packages
Add exclude row to /etc/yum.conf file, under the section [main]:

6. Install / Update Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2 RPM packages

7. Start Apache OpenOffice 4.1.2

Start OpenOffice with Clicking Icons (found normally from menus) or Start OpenOffice with Following Command:


Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 running on Fedora 22

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 on Fedora 22

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 running on CentOS 6.5

Apache Openoffice 4.1 running on CentOS 6.5

Apache OpenOffice 4 launchers on Fedora 19 Gnome Shell

Apache OpenOffice 4 menus

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  1. running into an authorization issue when I try to download the package using wget
    [root@myserver-2-1 ]# wget -O Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz
    Apache_OpenOffice_4.0.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz: Permission denied
    [root@myserver-2-1 ]#

    I am able to wget many other packages, I believe this is when server side wants a login

    • Hi Dan,

      I have updated this guide to 4.1.0, so could you try to download instead it?

      Could you also try to download it example to to /tmp directory, is it working then?

  2. Hey there,
    all I get when I try to install openoffice this way is:

    wget command not found…

  3. I am currnetly stuck at step 4. Below are the errors I am receiving. Any help would be much appreciated. I am fairly new to Fedora and Linux in general.

    All steps prior seemed to be successful.

    [root@localhost ~]# tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.0*
    tar: This does not look like a tar archive

    gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file
    tar: Child returned status 1
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    [root@localhost ~]#

    • Hi John,

      Could you post output of following command:

    • You may try ‘tar -zxvf’ instead of ‘tar -xvf’ to extract files if the archives are tar.gz

  4. Thank you for this post. It was usefull in recovering a document which could not be opened from libreoffice anymore.

  5. Unable to run version 4.11 as a service in my centos 6.5
    getting the following error message when trying to get it running.

    Output from /opt/openoffice4/program/soffice -headless -accept=”socket,host=,port=8100;urp;” -nofirststartwizard ..

    no suitable windowing system found, exiting.

  6. Hello,
    I am curious if aphche open office 4.1.1 is supported on Cent OS 6.6? Reason I ask is that step #6 always fails with this error:
    error: File not found by glob: RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1-redhat-*.rpm
    Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated.
    Best Regards!

    • Hello Donald,

      I just checked this guide and yes, it’s working on CentOS 6, but I had one typo on this file name. You can use following command instead:

      I updated this guide too.

  7. how to solve this while encounter error “no suitable windowing system found”

    • Hi shine,

      What OS you are using?

      Could you also post output of following command:

  8. This helped me install OpenOffice on Fedora Core 21. Thank you very much for posting this.

  9. hi

    just installed open office with the help of your walk through, but when i go to run openoffice 4 i get this error

    javaldx: Could not find a Java Runtime Environment!

    please can you advise

  10. Hi, friends! this guide are wonderfull! and i will need a bit of help more.
    i just want to install spanish lang pack for this suite… you can help me with this?

    Greetings from Mexico!

    • Hi Mike,

      You can install Apache OpenOffice langpacks easily.

      Download your language pack from here:

      Then close your openoffice and run following commands:

      Then open OpenOffice and click:

      Tools -> Options -> Language Settings -> Languages

      And you can change your user interface, locale, currency etc. language settings.

  11. how to add more languages?

  12. I’m fairly new to Fedora 22 and had issues around Step 5. I’m not sure what is being displayed. I have tried entering in commands or trying to type in the options displayed at the bottom of the screen, but nothing happens. at one point i tried to click the options… I don’t use terminals often so this is confusing me quite a bit.

    At the top of the screen highlighted in white shows.
    GNU nano 2.3.6 File: /etc/yum.conf Modified

    Then it shows.
    [main]* libreoffice-ure*[main]

    # This is the default, if you make this bigger yum won’t see if the metadata
    # is newer on the remote and so you’ll “gain” the bandwidth of not having to
    # download the new metadata and “pay” for it by yum not having correct
    # information.
    # It is esp. important, to have correct metadata, for distributions like
    # Fedora which don’t keep old packages around. If you don’t like this checking
    # interupting your command line usage, it’s much better to have something

    At the bottom it gives me these options.
    ^G Get Help, ^O Write Out, ^W Where Is, ^K Cut Text, ^J Justify, ^C Cur Pos, ^X Exit, ^R Read File, ^\ Replace, ^U Uncut Text, ^T To Spell, ^_ Go To Line.

    • Hi Lemiwinks,

      Your /etc/yum.conf should look following:

      OR you could also add that exclude row after install_only row, like:

      With nano, then press:



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