How to install Softmaker FreeOffice 2024 on Linux

FreeOffice is a free office suite


Although most Linux distributions come with an office suite preinstalled, it's good to know that we have alternatives.  In this case we will see how to install Softmaker FreeOffice 2024 on Linux.

The German company Softmaker was founded in 1987 and specializes in the development of office software. For a long time it was the best alternative for Linux users to have compatibility with Microsoft Office

What is Softmaker FreeOffice 2024?

Softmaker's flagship product is Softmaker Office, which we have already talked about. In the case of Softmaker FreeOffice 2024 is the free version with most of the features of the paid version. It includes a word processor, a spreadsheet program and a presentation program. It is designed for both private and commercial use and can be downloaded at no cost. There are also no limitations on use so it can be used by both students and companies. In addition to Linux, it has versions for Windows, Mac and mobile phones

The components of the new Softmaker FreeOffice 2024

Like previous versions of the office suite, it consists of:

  • FreeOffice TextMaker: More than just an advanced word processor, it is a true desktop publishing creation platform that can be used to create both online and printed documents. It includes the insertion of images, graphics, headers, tables and footers. It is a very good alternative to Scribus and cloud services like Canva.
  • FreeOffice PlanMaker: It is the spreadsheet program and includes all the functions necessary to perform calculations, tables and graphs that may be needed in the school or office environment. It also has features such as pivot tables and conditional formatting.
  • FreeOffice Presentations: Ideal for teaching a class or presenting a new product, the presentation assistant includes layouts, color schemes, templates, transitions and animations similar to those in Google and Microsoft applications.

It is worth highlighting, especially in the Linux version, the excellent compatibility of the programs with Microsoft Office formats.

How to install Softmaker FreeOffice 2024 on Linux

Installation using repositories

It should be noted that if you have the Linux Manjaro distribution, you will only have to update, if you already had it installed or, look for it in the package manager because it is included in the repositories.

You can also use the command:

sudo pamac install freeoffice

In Ubuntu and derivatives type the following commands in the terminal:
sudo -i
mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings
wget -qO- https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/linux-repo-public.key | gpg --dearmor > /etc/apt/keyrings/softmaker.gpg
echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/softmaker.gpg] https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt stable non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/softmaker.list
apt update
apt install softmaker-freeoffice-2024

With this you will ensure that every time there is an update, it will be downloaded when you update the system.

On Debian and derivatives, the commands are:

su -
mkdir -p /etc/apt/keyrings
wget -qO- https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/linux-repo-public.key | gpg --dearmor > /etc/apt/keyrings/softmaker.gpg
echo "deb [signed-by=/etc/apt/keyrings/softmaker.gpg] https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/apt stable non-free" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/softmaker.list
apt update
apt install softmaker-freeoffice-2024

On Fedora and derivatives
sudo wget -qO /etc/yum.repos.d/softmaker.repo https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/softmaker.repo
sudo dnf update
sudo dnf install softmaker-freeoffice-2024

In OpenSuse

sudo zypper addrepo -f https://shop.softmaker.com/repo/rpm SoftMaker
sudo zypper --gpg-auto-import-keys ref
sudo zypper install softmaker-freeoffice-2024

Manual installation

In case you do not want to have third-party repositories, you can Download the program manually. The installation method is as follows:
In Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives
Download the DEB package from the download page and type the following commands
cd Descargas
sudo apt update
sudo apt install -f nombre_del_programa_descargado.deb.

En Fedora download the RPM package and write
cd Descargas
sudo rpm --import ./linux-repo-public.key
sudo dnf install nombredelpaquete.rpm

In OpenSuse, download the rpm package and type:
cd Descargas
sudo rpm --import ./linux-repo-public.key
sudo zypper install nombre_del_paquete.rpm

A question I am often asked is why I recommend proprietary programs. The answer is because I can. Softmaker FreeOffice is an excellent alternative, not only because of its compatibility with Microsoft Office but because all the documents you create look the same on all devices. Also, if you are a privacy fan, you don't need to sync to the cloud, you can do it locally.

You may not know it, but in the old days Ubuntu (And probably Debian) came with Microsoft Office document viewers that ran under Wine. It was the only way to view files that OpenOffice couldn't handle. That now we can have alternatives is something to be grateful for.


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