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How to Install Openoffice on Mac

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How to install OpenOffice on MacOS


Apache OpenOffice is a software bundle which contains various software tools like word processor, spreadsheet, database management, etc.

It is very much similar to other popular editors like Libraoffice and Neooffice. It was first developed by Apache Software Foundation and released on May, 2012.

In this tutorial, we will install OpenOffice on MacOS.


  1. MacOS
  2. Login as an administrator on terminal


This includes various steps described below.

1) Download the file

In order to install Apache OpenOffice on MacOS, we need to download the latest release of Apache OpenOffice by its official website or by simply pasting the link into the browser’s search bar https://sourceforge.net/projects/openofficeorg.mirror/files/4.1.3/binaries/en-GB/Apache_OpenOffice_4.1.3_MacOS_x86-64_install_en-GB.dmg/download.

This will download Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 on our MacOS.

2) Mount the File

The downloaded file exists in disk image format inside Downloads directory. We need to mount this to Volumes directory. For this purpose, we use following command.

How to install OpenOffice on MacOS

3) Create a link in /usr/local/bin

To open OpenOffice globally on terminal, we need to create a link of soffice (which is an executable command used to open Apache OpenOffice from command line) into /usr/local/bin. This can be done by following command.

How to install OpenOffice on MacOS

4) Open Apache OpenOffice

We can open Apache OpenOffice by either of these two commands


How to install OpenOffice on MacOS

5) Getting started with OpenOffice

Now, Apache OpenOffice is installed on our system. We can now start working on OpenOffice. When we create any document, window appears like following.

How to install OpenOffice on MacOS

6) Unmount the file

We need to unmount the file from Volumes directory. We can do it by following command.

Hence, we have successfully installed and get started with Apache OpenOffice.

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