LibreOffice in Flatpak format

Flatpak is a cool new way of distributing images of Linux applications that run on a wide range of different distros, and run there in a secure way.

Starting with LibreOffice 5.4.2, Flatpak builds of LibreOffice Fresh are now provided on Flathub (direct link to download org.libreoffice.LibreOffice.flatpakref).

Until LibreOffice 5.4.3, we also provided (x86-64–only) Flatpak builds directly through the TDF infrastructure (direct link to download old LibreOffice.flatpakref). Those old versions used a “fresh” Flatpak branch name, while (for technical reasons) the Flathub versions use a “stable” Flatpak branch name. When you switch to the new Flathub versions, you can remove the old version on the command line with

flatpak uninstall org.libreoffice.LibreOffice//fresh

A few items to note:

  • The LibreOffice Flatpak is based on the GNOME 3.24 runtime (older versions were based on GNOME 3.20), using LibreOffice's much-improved GTK3 backend. This should offer the most complete set of features in LibreOffice, paving the way to Wayland etc.

  • The single bundle contains all localizations available for LibreOffice (as it doesn't really affect the bundle's overall size that much).

  • The LibreOffice Flatpak does not include a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). That means that some LibreOffice functionality that requires a JRE will not work.

  • At this time, there is no Flatpak version of the LibreOffice Software Development Kit (SDK).

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