Helper script for parallel installs

    From The Document Foundation Wiki

    If you're using parallel installs of LibreOffice, this script helps you run the program easily, without scribbling-over the settings in your primary user profile.

    How to use the Script

    Save this text in a file called at the top-level of a LibreOffice install

    • For a GNU+Linux install, this will be at the same level as the DEBS/ or RPMS/ directory
    • On macOS, this will be alongside the Contents directory.

    Make the script executable:

    chmod +x

    And run it from the terminal:


    The Script

    # Helper script to run the LibreOffice executable in a build.
    #  - Robinson Tryon <>
    #  - Miroslaw Zalewski <>
    # This script is handy because it sets up some environmental
    # variables, etc.. to make the build run properly and avoid making
    # changes to your regular user profile.
    echo "-----------------------------------------------"
    echo "  Welcome to the Wonderful World of Frogs!"
    echo "-----------------------------------------------"
    echo ""
    # Choose a profile directory as the build dir.
    #export PROFILE_DIR=$PWD
    echo "Starting LibreOffice"
    export LIBREOFFICE_BINARY=`find . -name soffice`
    $LIBREOFFICE_BINARY -env:UserInstallation=file:///$PWD &
    echo "----------------------"
    echo "  Helper Script Done"
    echo "----------------------"