Jul 20, 2023


FreeBSD users have a broad range of software available for various needs, thanks to the ports collection. The FreeBSD ports system allows users to compile and install programs from source with minimal effort. One crucial package in the collection is LibreOffice, a widely used, feature-rich, and user-friendly suite of office applications.

[LibreOffice]https// is a powerful open-source package that provides word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and data management utilities, and more. It supports various inputs and outputs, which makes it versatile and adaptable to many tasks.


Installation is straightforward using the FreeBSD ports system

cd /usr/ports/editors/libreoffice/ && make install clean

Running these commands navigates to the directory containing the port for LibreOffice, then performs the installation and cleanup.

If you want to customize LibreOffice before installation, you can add an optional step

cd /usr/ports/editors/libreoffice/
make config
make install clean

By running make config, you can customize the installation according to your preferences.

LibreOffice supports various types of inputs and outputs due to its extensive capability to import and export file formats. It supports not just common office formats like .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, and .pptx, among others; but also, ODF OpenDocument Format, the free and open standard for office document file formats.


Using LibreOffice, you will enjoy multiple benefits associated with this software package

  1. Flexibility You can work on various file formats, making it easy to adapt to different tasks and projects.
  2. Advanced Features Besides regular office application features, LibreOffice provides other capabilities like supporting SVG, the standard for vector graphics files.
  3. Open Source Being an open-source software, LibreOffice benefits from the efforts of a global community of developers who contribute to its improvement and enhancement.


Once you’ve installed LibreOffice, you can access the different applications by launching them from the terminal. Here is a list of the primary components

  • Writer A word processor. You can launch by typing libreoffice --writer.
  • Calc A spreadsheet application. You can launch by typing libreoffice --calc.
  • Impress A presentation application. You can launch by typing libreoffice --impress.
  • Base A database application. You can launch by typing libreoffice --base.

These commands launch the corresponding LibreOffice components.

LibreOffice also supports different plugins to extend its functionality. One popular plugin, for instance, is [LanguageTool]https//, which checks your text for stylistic and grammatic mistakes in over 20 languages.


LibreOffice is a versatile, powerful office suite with advanced features that are perfect for various tasks and projects. With its flexibility and convenience, it is a must-have for FreeBSD users.

If you’re also interested in the FreeBSD’s tools for IT security, you may take a look at [nmap]https//, a utility for network exploration or security auditing. It has been identified as one of the top security tools available for FreeBSD users.

Remember, FreeBSD hosts a vast array of software in the ports collection, providing everything a user needs to run a powerful, secure, and fully-featured operating environment.

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