Installing several versions of LibreOffice in parallel

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Introduction

LibreOffice packages are "self contained" with few external dependencies. This makes it possible to unpack them to put the content into any folder that the user selects.

This means that it is possible to "install" LibreOffice on systems where the user does not have sufficient privileges for a centralized installation and, most importantly, to have several versions running in parallel. Thus the user can perform tests on a development version without touching the stable installation, helping to report bugs on the beta version without affecting users who are writing documents on a stable version.

In this article, the procedure for performing a "user installation" will be presented.

Note:

  • The procedure is different for different operative systems (OSes), and, within each OS, for each of the different packaging systems used on those OSes.
  • Old LibreOffice releases are archived here.

Instructions by OS