Libreoffice Remote

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LibreOffice is an open-source cross-platform office suite, serving as a near drop-in replacement for Microsoft Office. It was forked from OpenOffice 3.3.0 and has gained ground in Linux distributions as the default office suite. It has replaced OpenOffice since Debian Wheezy and is now the default office suite in all current versions of Debian. It has good support for .docx .xlsx, .odt, .ods, and other popular formats.

LibreOffice is a free and open-source document suite that's available on all major OSes, but it still doesn’t offer online access or collaboration features. It's also not nearly as smooth in. LibreOffice, and the LibreOffice Impress Remote, is community-driven and developed software which is a project of the governing charitable organization, The Document Foundation. This software is developed by users, just like you, who believe in the principles of free software and in sharing their work with the world in a non-restrictive way. Builds the remote bridge to LibreOffice 6.4 and exports its UNO service manager to the Java side. ContextMenuInterceptor: This example shows a context menu interceptor that creates a new menu entry that has a sub menu. This sub menu is in inserted into the context menu on the topmost position. General Activities LibreOffice 7.1.2 was released on April 1st Ilmari Lauhakangas (TDF) wrote a nice report about the progress done by the Macro Team in the last year Stanislav Horacek updated some menu paths in Help. Seth Chaiklin clarified the meaning of numbered paragraphs in Help.


Libreoffice Remote Desktop Server

  1. How to install LibreOffice

LibreOffice is the default office suite since Debian Wheezy. You can also add it manually by installing the following packages:



This libreoffice package is a metapackage. It automatically installs all packages and dependencies needed for a fully functional LibreOffice, including its major components such as libreoffice-writer, libreoffice-calc, libreoffice-impress, libreoffice-math, libreoffice-draw, libreoffice-base.

Optional GNOME integration

Optional KDE integration

To install the full LibreOffice suite, run

Getting the latest LibreOffice version

  • Add the relevant backports for your Debian version in your SourcesList file:

  • Install LibreOffice from the newly added backports repo after updating your package listing with apt update. This is accomplished by using the -t flag followed by the name of the repo you've added for your version. For example, on a Debian 10/Buster system, you might run:

  • If further updates are backported later, you may re-run the previous command to install them.

Java Environment

Some components of LibreOffice require a Java Environment to achieve full functionality. The LibreOffice metapackage recommends default-jre which installs the recommended Java version for your version of Debian. This should require no further configuration, but if you want to manually install Java and configure LibreOffice for it:

  • Open Synaptic (or use your preferred method for package installation)
  • Install default-jre

  • Open LibreOffice. Navigate to 'Tools' menu > Options > LibreOffice > Advanced > Java Options

  • Activate “Use a Java runtime environment”
  • Choose your desired JRE provider
  • Restart LibreOffice (including quickstarter)

Extending functionalities

Extend LibreOffice by installing these packages:

Libreoffice Impress Remote


Libreoffice Remote Control

  • libreoffice-help – User help

  • libreoffice-l10n - Localization for LibreOffice

  • myspell – Provides dictionaries for LibreOffice

  • mythes – Provides thesaurus for LibreOffice

  • openclipart-libreoffice – Open Clip Art Library

  • menu – adds LibreOffice menu entries for every Debian window manager

  • ttf-mscorefonts-installer – downloads and installs Microsoft truetype fonts

  • ttf-liberation – contains free versions of Arial, Courier and Times New Roman

Fixing poor look and feel in LibreOffice

You should first make sure you have the appropriate theming package installed. On KDE Plasma 5, install libreoffice-kde5. On GNOME 3, install libreoffice-gnome. On other GTK-based desktops, install libreoffice-gtk3.

Libreoffice Remote Onedrive

LibreOffice will try to auto-detect your desktop and use the most appropriate theming plugin based on this, but you can also force it by setting the SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN environment variable. The available options are kf5 (Qt5 with KDE integration), gtk3_kde5 (GTK3 with KDE file pickers), and gtk3 (GTK3 with GNOME integration if available).

For example, if you're trying to use LibreOffice with the KF5 theming plugin, you might run:

A generic Qt5 plugin is available in the libreoffice-qt5 package, however it is experimental and not yet considered ready for production, as it can introduce issues that don't manifest with any other theming plugin. Because of this, you're recommended to either use KF5, or to run LibreOffice with the SAL_VCL_QT5_USE_CAIRO=1 environment variable set which forces it to use the same Cairo rendering path as the KF5 plugin:

If you have bigger or smaller fonts in toolbar, you can fix it by enabling quick start option:


For KDE:

Fixing Interoperability Problems

See Substituting Calibri and Cambria Fonts.

Fixing Blank PDF Export


  • The PDF has the expected amount of pages, but no text.
  • Examining the PDF (for example in Okular, File > Properties > Fonts) shows no embedded fonts.

This can be caused by using the wrong VCL (LibreOffice desktop integration module) for the desktop environment, such as 'qt5' instead of 'kf5'. Yes, surprisingly the PDF export depends on the VCL.

The current VCL is shown in the Help > About LibreOffice dialog box. Usually LibreOffice will pick the right VCL provided that the required package is installed, such as libreoffice-kde5. Otherwise, it can be forced with the SAL_USE_VCLPLUGIN environment variable.

  • Writer: /usr/bin/libreoffice -writer

  • Calc: /usr/bin/libreoffice -calc

  • Draw: /usr/bin/libreoffice -draw

  • Impress: /usr/bin/libreoffice -impress

  • Math: /usr/bin/libreoffice -math

Impress can be remotely controlled via an Android device with the app Impress Remote available from F-Droid. It interacts with your slideshow presentation and allows slide previews, reading speaker notes, play/pause presentation and setting timers. Connection is done through Bluetooth or WLAN.

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