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LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. You, too, can also get involved!

LibreOffice in Arch Linux

Official support for was dropped in favor of LibreOffice, the "Document Foundation" fork of the project, which also includes enhancements and additional features. See Dropping Oracle OpenOffice (arch-general).


LibreOffice is split into several packages, which can be installed with the libreoffice group from the official repositories: pacman will display a menu prompting for which components and language packs to install.


Check the recommended optional dependencies pacman suggests. E.g. install a Java Runtime Environment (optional, highly recommended). See: Java. You may need hsqldb2-javaAUR to use some module of LibreOffice Base.

Microsoft fonts

Official Microsoft fonts are useful to prevent pagination problems. Check the MS Fonts wiki page.


For Qt integration, install the package libreoffice-kde4. For GTK+ integration, install the package libreoffice-gnome.

  • Qt integration is able to mimic GTK+ theme. The command qtconfig-qt4 opens a window which let you choose.
  • Even if you are not running one of these desktop environments and thus do not need to "integrate" with them, you may still wish to install these packages so that LibreOffice will use non-default GTK+ or Qt themes. For example, LibreOffice on e17 uses the default "ugly" (aka "win95"/"win98") theme; installing libreoffice-gnome will allow you to select a more pleasant GTK+ theme.

As of LibreOffice version 3.5.x it tries to magically autodetect your desktop UI using the following magic if proper libs will be found:

gtk > kde4 > generic

To force the use of a certain VCL UI interface use one of this:

SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gen lowriter
SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=kde4 lowriter
SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk lowriter
SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN=gtk3 lowriter

It is convenient to save SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN variable in your shell configuration file, e.g./etc/bash.bashrc or ~/.bashrc if using Bash.

Note: The new GTK3 UI is still marked upstream as experimental and will only be available if you enable "experimental features" in LibreOffice main configuration dialog.

However, if it looks like it's using Windows 95/98 icons, go to Tools > Options... in the menus (which presents the Options Dialog), then select LibreOffice > Accessibility and uncheck "Automatically detect high-contrast mode of operating system".

If that doesn't work immediately, you may need to change the icon set that's in use; this is also in the Options Dialog, under LibreOffice > View with two pop-up boxes for "Icon size and style" (the latter pop-up box should be changed to something other than "High-contrast").

Firefox themes

LibreOffice 4.x series is able to use Firefox themes. Enter LibreOffice options and choose Personalization > Select Theme, then paste the URL of your favourite one. A convenient button in the dialog box lets you open the browser.

Extension management

Arch is shipping some additional extensions from the official repositories:

Check the AUR or the built-in LibreOffice Extension manager or get extensions online if you want to install more extensions.

Language aids

Spell checking

For spell checking, you will need hunspell and a language dictionary for hunspell (like hunspell-en for English, hunspell-de for German, etc).

Hyphenation rules

For hyphenation rules, you will need hyphen and a language hyphen rule set (hyphen-en for English, hyphen-de for German, etc).


For the thesaurus option, you will need libmythes and a mythes language thesaurus (like mythes-en for English, mythes-de for German, etc).

Grammar checking

For grammar checking, you will need to install an extension such as LanguageTool, which can be found in the AUR: libreoffice-extension-languagetoolAUR or the LanguageTool Website.

Other grammar tools can also be found on the LibreOffice Extension Page or OpenOffice's Website. Not all OpenOffice extensions are guaranteed to work with LibreOffice.

Note: Languagetool uses Java and may slow down or briefly hang LibreOffice, particularly while opening documents. Fortunately this is usually only when initially opening a document and is usually not apparent otherwise. Openjdk6 seems to get the better results than openjdk7 with LanguageTool, although this is unconfirmed.

Installing macros

If you intend to use macros, you must have a Java Runtime Environment enabled. A Java Runtime Environment is enabled by default, but disabling it speeds up the program.

The default path for macros in Arch Linux is different from most Linux distributions. Its location is:


Speed up LibreOffice

Some settings may improve LibreOffice's loading time and responsiveness. However, some also increase RAM usage, so use them carefully. They can all be accessed under Tools > Options.

  • Under Memory:
    • Reduce the number of Undo steps to a figure lower than 100, to something like 20 or 30 steps
    • Under Graphics cache, set Use for LibreOffice to 128 MB (up from the original 20 MB)
    • Set Memory per object to 20 MB (up from the default 5 MB).
    • If you use LibreOffice often, check Enable systray Quickstarter
Note: You need to have the package libreoffice-gnome installed for the quickstarter option to be available.
  • Under Advanced, uncheck Use a Java runtime environment
Note: For a list of functionality written in Java only, see:


Font substitution

These settings can be changed in the LibreOffice options. From the drop-down menu, select Tools > Options > LibreOffice > Fonts. Check the box that says Apply Replacement Table. Type Andale Sans UI in the font box and choose your desired font for the Replace with option. When done, click the checkmark. Then choose the Always and Screen only options in the box below. Click OK. You will then need to go to Tools > Options > LibreOffice > View, and uncheck "Use system font for user interface". If you use a non-antialised font, such as Arial, you will also need to uncheck "Screen font antialiasing" before menu fonts render correctly.



$ echo "Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault" | xrdb -merge

To make the change persistent, add Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault to your ~/.Xresources file, and make sure to run $ xrdb -merge ~/.Xresources (source. See X resources for more details.

If this does not work, you can also try adding Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault to your ~/.Xdefaults. If you do not have this file, you will have to create it.

Hanging when using NFSv3 shares

If LibreOffice hangs when trying to open or save a document located on a NFSv3 share, try prepending the following lines with a # in /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice:

# file locking now enabled by default

To avoid overwriting on update you can copy /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice in /usr/local/bin. Original post here.

Fixing Java framework error

You may get the following error when you try to run LibreOffice.

[Java framework] Error in function createSettingsDocument (elements.cxx).
javaldx failed!

If so, give yourself ownership of ~/.config/ like so:

# chown -vR username:users ~/.config

Post on Arch Linux forums.

LibreOffice does not detect my certificates

If you cannot see the certificates when trying to sign a document, you will need to have the certificates configured in Mozilla Firefox (or Thunderbird). If after that LibreOffice still does not show them, set the MOZILLA_CERTIFICATE_FOLDER environment variable to point to your Mozilla Firefox (or Thunderbird) folder:

export MOZILLA_CERTIFICATE_FOLDER=$HOME/.mozilla/firefox/XXXXXX.default/

Certificate detection.

Run .pps files in edit mode (without slideshow)

The only solution is to rename .pps file in .ppt.

Add the following script to your home directory and use it to open every .pps file. Very useful to open .pps files received by email without the need to save them.


cp "$1" "${f}.ppt" && libreoffice "${f}.ppt" && rm -f "${f}.ppt"

Bibliography problems

If Writer crashes on attempting to access Tools > Bibliography Database, with the following error:


Install libreoffice-base as this is a workaround to a known bug, purportedly fixed.

Media support

If embedded videos are just gray boxes, make sure to have installed the GStreamer plugins required.

Content not resizing with windows on Xfwm4

If you do not get the content of the LibreOffice window resize along with it under Xfce (or just using Xfwm4), like in this post: [1]. Install libreoffice-gnome to solve the issue.