I stupidly removed OpenOffice from my work laptop and have not managed to re-install it .

As it is a work laptop, I have no internet access (just intranet) so I can't download it directly.

I downloaded the repository of OpenOffice from a YUM server but can't get OpenOffice to open any spreadsheets.

Any ideas where to go from here?

Just some more information: I used yum install openoffice and then checked that the rpm was there by typing rpm -q openoffice. Also the openoffice directory is there but I think that's from the original install.


Step 1 : Download the appropriate version

For 32 bit Version download this from terminal: wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.1/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz/download -O Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

For 64 bit version download this from terminal : wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.1/binaries/en-US/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz/download -O Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

Step 2 : Change to root User

su -


sudo -i

Step 3 : Remove OpenOffice.org if any

yum remove openoffice*

Step 4 : Extract Package and Access Directory

tar -xvf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.1*

cd en-US

Step 5 : Block openoffice.org-ure and libreoffice-ure package updates

In other words, “pin” openoffice.org-ure 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



Step 6 : Install / Update Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1 RPM packages

rpm -Uvh RPMS/*.rpm RPMS/desktop-integration/openoffice4.1.1-redhat-*.rpm

Step 7 : Start Apache OpenOffice 4.1.1

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

  • @Anthon , I have updated the answer with the detailed information. – Krishnadas PC Jun 28 '15 at 17:48
  • Krishnadas PC Thanks that got it back working.So all is good with the world :) – Bog Walrus Jun 29 '15 at 8:04

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