Install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 on Fedora 20/19, CentOS/RHEL 6.5

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This is quick guide to install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 on Fedora 20/19/18/17/16/15/14/13/12, CentOS 6.5/6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6, Red Hat (RHEL) 6.5/6.4/6.3/6.2/6.1/6 with using Apache OpenOffice original RPM packages.

What’s new in Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 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 4.0.1 on Fedora 20/19/18, CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 6.5

1. Download Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 Linux Package

Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 32-bit version

wget -O Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.0_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 64-bit version

wget -O Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.0_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

2. Change to root User

su -
## OR ##
sudo -i

3. Remove and Packages with following command

yum remove openoffice* libreoffice*

4. Extract Package and Access Directory

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0

tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.0*
cd en-US

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]:

## Edit file
nano -w /etc/yum.conf
## Add exclude row
[main]* libreoffice-ure*

6. Install / Update Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 RPM packages

rpm -Uvh RPMS/*.rpm RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1-redhat-*.rpm

7. Start Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0

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



Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 running on Fedora 20

Apache Openoffice 4.1 running on Fedora 20

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. Have tried others install methods and they do not work either. Please someone help. I need OO. Need to rearrange student records (done in calc) into summer classes and cant do copy’s from file to file in Lebre office due to a recurring bug that has been passed on thru several versions of Lebre.

    This was all orginally written in OO Calc on a Win 7 computer. (which has since been stolen)

  2. If it helps any I do get below conflicts

    [root@localhost desktop-integration]# sudo rpm -i *.rpm
    error: Failed dependencies:
    openoffice4.0-suse-menus conflicts with openoffice4.0-freedesktop-menus-4.0-9714.noarch
    openoffice4.0-redhat-menus conflicts with openoffice4.0-freedesktop-menus-4.0-9714.noarch
    openoffice4.0-mandriva-menus conflicts with openoffice4.0-freedesktop-menus-4.0-9714.noarch
    mandrake-release is needed by openoffice4.0-mandriva-menus-4.0-9714.noarch
    /etc/SuSE-release is needed by openoffice4.0-suse-menus-4.0-9714.noarch
    [root@localhost desktop-integration]#

    • Hi george,

      I just test this guide step by step on clean installed Fedora 20 and it’s working as expected. Could you post first output of following commands:

      rpm -qa openoffice\* |sort -V
      ls -la /usr/bin/openoffice4
      ls -lad /opt/openoffice4
      ls -la /opt/openoffice4/program/{soffice,soffice.bin,swrite,scalc,smath,simpress,sbase,sdraw}
  3. Test, am I still locked out of here?

  4. ok…. sorry I could not answer your questions yesterday. The site locked me out. I must have hit the post limit they set to avoid spammers. With that being the case yesterday I resorted to desperate measures. I started all over again; AGAIN… BUT…. just prior to this I installed EasyLife and FedyUtils. Using these two I updated a few things like codecs, fonts etc. Don’t know if this helped but it seemed too cause for once…. I had some success with the OO install. It got all the way thru step 5 as before and for first time step 6 finally did something… but not complete. Step 7 (file name) worked so I could get into OO butttt…. still no Application Icons etc. were created thus I could only start OO from Terminal. This lead me to believe other things that may need to be there like file associations etc. may not have installed so I was concerned.

    Thus I once AGAIN; I started all over, but this time I followed the steps using “4.1.0” file name and not 4.0 file name. Why go thru all this PITA and still have to upgrade. This time it tried to work but even with using the “remove” of step 2… not all 4.0 was removed. A bunch of “4.0” stuff remained in the folders within “en-US”. Due to this; step 6 resulted in ton of conflicts and the install failed.

    Solved this by renaming “en-US” to a bogus name and once again starting ALL OVER. Still using the “4.1.0” file name. It finally worked.

    For others PLEASE make a Linux install program for OO to Fedora. Yes; like you said earlier there are plenty who install OO on non graphical environments that will need to program it in like done here; but lets be real…. that percentage is probably in the single digits. Give them a way to set up like here but give everyone else an install program.

    Now… Let’s hope the portable version finalized and working. We need that one too.

    MUCHO thanx to everyone that has helped with OO creation/updates and with installing. JR thank you directly. Out of all the sites that describe this install you are the ONLY ONE who has offered any assistance. Gracious

  5. Should note one thing I updated thru either FedyUtil or Easylife was Java. Would think this would be the most relevant piece if this was part of the puzzle

  6. 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?

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

    wget command not found…

  8. 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:

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

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

  10. 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.

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