LibreOffice is a powerful office suite for Linux users, just like Microsoft Office for Windows operating system users. It is free and open source and is used by millions of people around the world. It comes with rich features that enable users to maximize their use potentials.

LibreOffice 7 is the latest major release as of this article update, to be more specific the version is 7.0.4. This release comes with not so much changes but quite a number of improvements from the previous versions to make LibreOffice experience better for Linux users.

Features of LibreOffice 7 release

The following are the noted improvements in LibreOffice 7

  • Visual changes – There is an added icon theme called Sukapura which resembles Apple’s color palette and you can make use of this theme if you have LibreOffice in MacOS.
  • Improvements on LibreOffice Calc – Previously, there were functions that were not convenient while using LibreOffice calc. For example, “RAND.NV()” and “RANDBETWEEN.NV()” functions are now non-volatile and does not get affected by changes in other cells. TEXT() and OFFSET() functions which had issues on how they previously worked have been improved. TEXT() allows an empty string for the second argument while OFFSET() has a rule to allow a value greater that zero for height and width parameters.
  • Changes in LibreOffice Writer – Support for padded numbering and semi-transparent texts. Also improvements in auto-correct feature. There are minor improvements such as highlighting invisible fields with gray for better visibility.
  • Change in LibreOffice Impress|Draw – Here includes support for transparent texts and also limit on the size of page when exporting pdf has been removed.
  • Vulkan Support – Supports optional GPU-based Vulkan acceleration expected to improve performance.
  • ODF 1.3 Support – The new LibreOffce version comes with the newest ODF version, which is 1.3.
  • Improvements to DOCX export – DOCX now saves the latest vrsions; in 2013/2016/2019 instead of the previous 2007. This is quite useful when getting files from different sources.
  • Other improvements include language support, proof-reading tools, scripting, configuration options among others.

Install LibreOffice 7.x on CentOS 8 | CentOS 7

To install LibreOffice 7.x on CentOS 8|CentOS 7, follow the following steps:

LibreOffice 7
  • Select the appropriate file for your installation and download. I am going to be downloading LibreOffice 7.0.4 64-bit rpms for CentOS
LibreOffice 7

This is an example of downloading LibreOffice 7.0.4 using wget.

cd /tmp
sudo yum -y install wget
wget https://tdf.mirror.liquidtelecom.com/libreoffice/stable/7.0.4/rpm/x86_64/LibreOffice_7.0.4_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

Once downloaded, open your system terminal and change to the directory where the file is downloaded to. Extract the archived file. For my case, it is in Downloads folder

tar -xvf LibreOffice_*_Linux_x86-64_rpm.tar.gz

Change to the directory of extracted content.

cd  LibreOffice_*_Linux_x86-64_rpm
cd RPMS

Install all the RPM packages of LibreOffice on CentOS 8 | CentOS 7 using the command below.

sudo yum -y localinstall *.rpm

Installation of LibreOffice 7.x on CentOS 8 | CentOS 7 should start in a moment.

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Installing dependencies:
 libXinerama                                                         x86_64                   1.1.4-1.el8                    appstream                       16 k

Transaction Summary
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Install  43 Packages

Total size: 253 M
Total download size: 16 k
Installed size: 619 M
Downloading Packages:
libXinerama-1.1.4-1.el8.x86_64.rpm                                                                                                117 kB/s |  16 kB     00:00
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Total                                                                                                                             6.6 kB/s |  16 kB     00:02
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
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  Installing       : libreoffice7.0-ure-7.0.4.2-2.x86_64                                                                                                     1/43
  Installing       : libobasis7.0-ooofonts-7.0.4.2-2.x86_64                                                                                                  2/43

Using LibreOffice 7.x on CentOS7 | CentOS 8

Once installed, launch the application. Search from the installed apps and you should see as below:

Select one of them, for example, LibreOffice writer and click to open. It should appear as below:

That’s it. You have successfully installed LibreOffice 7.0.4, the latest version of LibreOffice with a number of improved features. Enjoy! More interesting guides below:

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