Introduction to LibreOffice

LibreOffice is a full-featured office suite. It is largely compatible with Microsoft Office and is descended from

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

Additional Downloads

LibreOffice Dependencies


Archive::Zip-1.37, UnZip-6.0, Wget-1.15, Which-2.20, and Zip-3.0




Most of these packages are recommended because if they're not installed, the build process will compile and install its own (often older) version. If you have not installed some of the dependencies listed below, make sure you examine the ./configure --help output for information on switches needed to prevent ./configure to look for them.


Avahi-0.6.31, BlueZ-5.23, Doxygen-1.8.8 (not relevant if using --disable-odk), GDB-7.8, GTK+-3.12.2, KDELibs-4.14.1, MariaDB-10.0.13, MIT Kerberos V5-1.12.2, OpenJDK-, PostgreSQL-9.3.5, SANE-1.0.24, VLC-2.1.5, Zenity-3.12.1, Cppunit, Firebird, Hunspell, Hyphen, libabw, libcdr, libcmis, libebook, libexttextcat, libfreehand, liblangtag, libmspub, libmwaw, libodfgen, libvisio, libwpd, libwpg, libwps, lp_solve, mdds, MyThes, Orcus, and VIGRA

There are many optional dependencies not listed here. They can be found in “download.lst” (source directory).

User Notes:

Installation of LibreOffice



It is recommended to build this package in a graphical environment, because there have been reports of build failures, when using chroot or ssh.

tar -xf libreoffice- --no-overwrite-dir &&
cd libreoffice-

Unpack the dictionaries file and create symlinks to tarballs from the source directory so they won't get downloaded again:

install -dm755 external/tarballs &&

tar -xf ../libreoffice-dictionaries- \
        --no-overwrite-dir --strip-components=1

If you have downloaded the translations tarball, create a symlink:

ln -sv ../../../libreoffice-translations- \


During the build process, some packages will be downloaded (including the ones listed as recommended and optional dependencies) if they are not present on the system. Doing so, build time may be different for everyone.

In the rest of the page, locales "en-US" and "pt-BR" are examples. Change them to suit your needs. You might want to read the "Command Explanations" further below before proceeding.

For i686 systems, fix a problem introduced by gcc-4.9.0:

patch -Np1 -i ../libreoffice- &&

Prepare LibreOffice for compilation by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../libreoffice- &&

sed -e "/gzip -f/d"   \
    -e "s|.1.gz|.1|g" \
    -i bin/distro-install-desktop-integration        &&

sed -e "/distro-install-file-lists/d" -i &&

chmod -v +x bin/unpack-sources                     &&
chmod -v +x bin/unpack-sources                     &&
sed -e "s/target\.mk/langlist\.mk/"                \
    -e "s/tar -xf/tar -x --strip-components=1 -f/" \
    -e "/tar -x/s/lo_src_dir/start_dir/"           \
    -i bin/unpack-sources                          &&

./ --prefix=/usr               \
             --sysconfdir=/etc           \
             --with-vendor="BLFS"        \
             --with-lang="en-US pt-BR"   \
             --with-help                 \
             --with-alloc=system         \
             --without-java              \
             --disable-gconf             \
             --disable-odk               \
             --disable-postgresql-sdbc   \
             --enable-release-build=yes  \
             --enable-python=system      \
             --with-system-boost         \
             --with-system-clucene       \
             --with-system-cairo         \
             --with-system-curl          \
             --with-system-expat         \
             --with-system-graphite      \
             --with-system-harfbuzz      \
             --with-system-icu           \
             --with-system-jpeg          \
             --with-system-lcms2         \
             --with-system-libatomic_ops \
             --with-system-libpng        \
             --with-system-libxml        \
             --with-system-mesa-headers  \
             --with-system-neon          \
             --with-system-npapi-headers \
             --with-system-nss           \
             --with-system-odbc          \
             --with-system-openldap      \
             --with-system-openssl       \
             --with-system-poppler       \
             --with-system-redland       \
             --with-system-zlib          \
             --with-parallelism=$(getconf _NPROCESSORS_ONLN)

The instructions below will only build the package without running any unit tests. If you prefer to run the unit tests, replace make build with make.



The package needs to be built from an X terminal emulator.

Build the package:

make build

Now, as the root user:

make distro-pack-install             &&
install -v -dm755 /usr/share/appdata &&
install -v -m644  sysui/desktop/appstream-appdata/*.xml \

If the dictionaries have been built, again as root user:

chown -cR 0:0 dictionaries/                                                  &&
mkdir -pv /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/extensions/dict-en                      &&
cp -rv    dictionaries/en/* /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/extensions/dict-en    &&
mkdir -pv /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/extensions/dict-pt-BR                   &&
cp -rv    dictionaries/pt_BR/* /usr/lib/libreoffice/share/extensions/dict-pt-BR

Command Explanations

sed -e ...: First sed prevents compression of the manual pages, the second one prevents a script that causes install to fail from running, the third one fixes the unpack script.

chmod -v +x ...: Fix the unpack script's permissions.

--with-vendor=BLFS: This switch sets BLFS as the vendor which is mentioned when you click "About" on the toolbar.

--with-lang="en-US pt-BR": This switch sets what languages to support. To list several languages, separate them with a space. For all languages, use --with-lang=ALL.



For a list of the available languages, you can uncompress the translations tarball by running the following command: tar -xf ../libreoffice-translations- --no-overwrite-dir -C /tmp and proceed to examine the contents of /tmp/libreoffice-

--with-help: This switch is used to build the help files.

--with-alloc=system: This switch tells LibreOffice to use system allocator instead of the internal one.

--without-java: This switch disables Java support in LibreOffice.

--disable-gconf: This switch disables compiling LibreOffice with the deprecated GNOME configuration system support.

--disable-odk: This switch disables installing the office development kit. Remove if you want to develop a LibreOffice based application.

--disable-postgresql-sdbc: This switch disables compiling LibreOffice with the ability to connect to a PostgreSQL database. Remove it if you would like LibreOffice to be able to connect to a PostgreSQL database. If you have installed PostgreSQL on your system and would like LibreOffice to use that rather than compile its own copy, use the --with-system-postgresql switch.

--enable-release-build: This switch is used to remove "Beta" or "Dev" from LibreOffice splash screen and "About" menu.

--enable-python=system: This switch tells LibreOffice to use installed Python 3 to build the translations instead of the bundled one. If you don't need to build any translations, you can use --disable-python instead.

--with-system-*: These switches prevent LibreOffice from trying to compile its own versions of these dependencies. If you've not installed some of the dependencies, remove the corresponding switches.

--with-parallelism=$(getconf _NPROCESSORS_ONLN): This switch tells LibreOffice to use all your CPUs to compile in parallel and speed up the build.

--disable-gstreamer-0-10: Use this switch if you haven't installed gst-plugins-base-0.10.36.

--enable-gstreamer: Use this switch if you want to use gst-plugins-base-1.4.1 instead of gst-plugins-base-0.10.36 for the avmedia module.

--enable-gtk3: Use this switch if you want to build the GTK+ 3 integration module.

--enable-kde4: Use this switch if you want to build the KDE integration module.


Installed Programs: libreoffice, lobase, localc, lodraw, loffice, lofromtemplate, loimpress, lomath, loweb, lowriter, soffice and unopkg
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: /usr/lib/libreoffice

Short Descriptions


is a database manager.


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can edit and display PowerPoint presentations.


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Last updated on 2014-09-02 20:43:09 -0700