How to Uninstall LibreOffice Completely From Ubuntu/LinuxLite Os

LibreOffice is a fantastic open source free office suite for Linux, Windows, and Mac users. LibreOffice is a great alternative to Microsoft Office.

But it really sucks when you come to know that there is no auto-update feature in LibreOffice.

Yes, really, there is no auto-update feature. You need to download the latest version from their official website, remove the previously installed version from your system and install the new one.

It’s kind of frustrating, isn’t it?

📢 Please note: This is written for LinuxLite OS but will work for Ubuntu too (in most of the cases).

Libre Office

I use LinuxLiteOs distro and wanted to update the LibreOffice version, but when I uninstalled the old version from my LinuxLite system using ” sudo apt-get remove –purge libreoffice* ” icons were still appearing in my Menu. I tried restarting the computer but the problem remained.

I tried searching various online forums for the solution but nothing seemed working. I, then, started opening all the system file folders and searching for LibreOffice.

Just think about it, I opened almost all the system folders for removing these simple icons from the Menu.

Finally, after experimenting and researching a lot, I found a way to fix it.

Uninstalling LibreOffice from Linux Lite Os

First of all, open your LinuxLite terminal and type the following commands one-by-one:

sudo apt-get remove --purge libreoffice*
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove

Executed these commands?

Well, now check the Menu you will find LibreOffice icons still appearing. However, clicking on those icons will do nothing.

If you’re not finding those icons in Menu after uninstalling, then great, your job is done. And if you do find those icons then proceed ahead.

Steps to Remove LibreOffice

You will need to go to the File System of your machine and then follow these simple steps.

  • Open File System
  • Click Show Hidden Files in the View menu (or Press Ctrl+H after opening the File System)
  • Right-click anywhere in the folder and click Open as Administrator and type your password in the pop-up window and press Enter
  • Go to folder  /home/<yourusername>/.local/share/applications and delete files Libreoffice-calc, Libreoffice-writer & Libreoffice-impress
  • Again go to the folder  /etc/skel/.local/share/applications and delete files Libreoffice-calc, Libreoffice-writer & Libreoffice-impress

Voila! You’re done.

Check your start menu and you must not find those three previously installed LibreOffice suite.

Finding difficulty in uninstalling LibreOffice completely from LinuxLite?

Drop your questions in the comments.

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  1. danielpuig says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing help!

    1. Glad you liked it.


  2. Great! All the commands worked and the icons dissapeared at start menu. I think It was removed 500MB. I only needed to delete by hand with admin rights the folder “libreoffice” under “etc” folder and also I run Synaptic did a search “libreoffice” and classified the column that shows the “installed stuff” with the name “libreoffice”, I read the description of each item to uninstall safely and I uninstalled all items I think it was 150MB, most was spellcheking many languages, hyphenization, uno, etc.
    Important: I still did not test my machine if I broken something, do my steps on your own risk!
    PS.: I am using Linux Mint x64 v20.1-ulyssa-cinnamon and the Libreoffice I uninstalled came “embedded” with this Mint. I think the Libreoffice was 6.4 version. Oh dont worry with my email and name, its fake.

    1. Oh, thanks a lot Deepak K, I forget to thank you.

      1. Glad it worked for you, Olister.


        1. Works for my Debian10 installation. I personally cannot stand LibreOffice, so thanks Deepak K for making this article. Stay safe! 🙂

          1. You’re welcome, Jesse. Glad it worked for you. 🤗

  3. I followed all of your steps, and then reinstalled libreoffice. I still have the same problem. I used to be able to have a minimized spreadsheet alongside an xterm; but now when I try to minimize the spreadsheet it disappears into the menu bar.

    1. Hi Edward, can you tell which distro you’re using? This should not happen though.

  4. W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
    ❯ sudo apt upgrade
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    Reading state information… Done
    You might want to run ‘apt –fix-broken install’ to correct these.
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    libreoffice-calc : Depends: libreoffice-common (>= 1:7.0.0~alpha~) but it is not installed
    libreoffice-core : Depends: libreoffice-common (> 1:7.2.5) but it is not installed
    libreoffice-draw : Depends: libreoffice-common (>= 1:7.0.0~alpha~) but it is not installed
    libreoffice-impress : Depends: libreoffice-common (>= 1:7.0.0~alpha~) but it is not installed
    libreoffice-math : Depends: libreoffice-common (>= 1:7.0.0~alpha~) but it is not installed
    libreoffice-writer : Depends: libreoffice-common (>= 1:7.0.0~alpha~) but it is not installed
    python3-uno : Depends: libreoffice-common (>= 1:7.0.0~alpha~) but it is not installed
    E: Unmet dependencies. Try ‘apt –fix-broken install’ with no packages (or specify a solution).

    1. Please help me to fixed this problem, Thank you so much

  5. rferrisluky says:

    Thank you so much! It works very well. Now I can 100% move to OnlyOffice!

    1. DeepakNess says:

      Glad it helped, thanks a lot.