Steps to Install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 on CentOS/RHEL & Fedora

Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 Released on Apr 29, 2014. This version has Improvements to graphics, charts, forms, text annotations and accessibility feature. The Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 Release Notes provide an explanation of these changes. However,you should have the opportunity to migrate your old profile settings to the new profile area.


This how to guide will help you to Install Apache Openoffice 4.1.0 on CentOS, RHEL and Fedora systems. If you are running Libre-Office or Older version of Apache OpenOffice, We recommend to remove that from system.

System Requirements:

  • Linux kernel version 2.6 or higher, glibc2 version 2.5 or higher
  • 256 Mbytes RAM (512 MB recommended)
  • 400 Mbytes available disk space
  • X-Server with 1024 x 768 or higher resolution with at least 256 colours
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.5.x or Later

Step 1: Check JAVA Version

First make sure you have java installed on your system. It is recommended the last version of Oracle Java 1.6.x, patch level 45, or the latest Oracle Java 7 or OpenJDK 6 build 27 or OpenJDK 7. Use following command to check installed java version.

# java -version

If you do not have already installed java on your system, use below link to install latest java version.

Install JAVA/JDK 7 on CentOS/RHEL 6/5

Step 2: Download OpenOffice and Extract

Download openoffice from Apache official site as per your system setting or Use the following command to download.

For 32 Bit:

# wget
# tar xzf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.0_Linux_x86_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

For 64 Bit:

# wget
# tar xzf Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.0_Linux_x86-64_install-rpm_en-US.tar.gz

After extracting archive it will create an installation directory named en-US, and placed all the files there.

Step 3: Install Apache OpenOffice

Navigate to Apache OpenOffice installation directory and to its RPMS folder, You will see a list of rpms there. Install all rpms using following command.

# cd en-US/RPMS/
# rpm -Uvh *.rpm

Now install the desktop integration features for your setup. Go to desktop-integration in the installation directory, and install required package.

# cd desktop-integration/
# rpm -Uvh openoffice4.1-redhat-menus-4.1-9764.noarch.rpm

Step 4: Start Apache OpenOffice

After successfully installed all the packages in above steps, start Openoffice using following command.

# openoffice4

You can also use GUI menu to start openoffice like below


Congratulation’s You have successfully install Apache OpenOffice on you system.


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  1. Not Working, i am Unable to Open Open office

  2. Not working for me, either. I followed all the steps, they all seemed to work, but then when I get to Step 4, I can’t start OpenOffice by either command line or GUI. On the command line, when I type openoffice4, I get “bash: openoffice4: command not found” and when I try to use the GUI under Applications/Office, it’s simply not there. What did I do wrong?

  3. Thanks. Followed your instructions to the letter. Open Office 4.0.1 is now installed and fully operational on my centOS 6 machine.

  4. Thanks. I was looking for a tutorial just like this. I was able to install it in a matter of minutes (no kidding… around 5 minutes) on Fedora 20 w- XFCE. The whole process was flawless. Nicely done, sir, and thank you again.

  5. great!! worked nicely, keep the nice work up!

  6. This is the the third method of trying to install OO Ive used. It does not work either. Like previous user I get no file exist error and there is no OO in my list of applications anywhere.

    • Please help. I’ve used Lebre Office but their is a severe bug that Ive now discovered is a recurring bug thru several versions that has not been solved and that bug (a copy issue) has totally FUBARED my ability to rearrange student records into their new classes for the summer. All this was orginally written in OO on a windows 7 computer with OO (that has since been stolen)

  7. rajar hariharan Reply to rajar

    Great ! Thanks a lot. it working fine.

  8. my OpenOffice 4.1 hasn’t opened yet> the installation wizards reads “The destination folder specified does not contain a OpenOffice 4.1.0 version…” i have tried to change folders many times but it still gives the same result. what else can i do to make it work? ( i use windows 7)

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