An office suite is a collection of programs that contain word processors, spreadsheets, presentations, and database programs. There are different types of office suites which include;

  • Google Workspace
  • LibreOffice
  • Microsoft Office
  • Apache OpenOffice
  • FreeOffice
  • WPS Office
  • Mobisystems officeSuite

For Linux users, there are 2 free office suites

  • AIUS – Andrew User Interface System
  • Siag Office -Scheme in a Grid

And 2 proprietary office suites

  • Broadvision Quicksilver formerly known as Interleaf
  • Applixware, formerly known as Aster*x developed by Applix Inc.

OnlyOffice Suite

ONLYOFFICE is a free and open-source software office suite that focuses on bringing everyone the best innovative web office apps. ONLYOFFICE has 3 Products that can be used.

  1. ONLYOFFICE Docs is a powerful online editor for text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations for the platform you use. It allows you to create complex documents, professional spreadsheets, stunning presentations, and ready-to-fill-out forms. It is fully compatible with the OOXML formats and other popular formats like docx, xlsx, pptx, odt, ods, odp, doc, xls, ppt, pdf, txt, rtf, html, epub, and csv. It has three editions, Community Edition (free), Enterprise Edition, and Developer Edition. It is available for Desktop suite, iOS, and Android platforms.
  2. ONLYOFFICE Workspace offers a complete productivity suite with project management, document management, CRM, calendar, mail, and corporate network without switching between multiple applications to work on different tasks. It can be used in the cloud or on-premises. It has two editions, Cloud Editions and Enterprise Edition.
  3. OFORMS allows you to create document forms for any purpose and instantly share them with other users. You can fill out the documents online or download and open them on ONLYOFFICE.

Some of the features of ONLYOFFICE include.;

  • It contains connectors to easily connect online editors to your platform.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Easy to set up and start.
  • Can be scalable to any size.
  • Document encryption with passwords or digital signatures and apply watermarks.
  • Contains a collection of third-party plugins like inserting a YouTube video.
  • Highly compatible with Microsoft office formats.
  • ONLYOFFICE for education allows you to create, edit and share documents within your eLearning platform.

This guide will show you how to install the ONLYOFFICE desktop suite on Ubuntu|Debian|Kubuntu|KDE Neon. The desktop suite contains the editors including, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and form creator.

Install ONLYOFFICE on Ubuntu / Debian / Kubuntu / KDE Neon

First, remove LibreOffice from your system.

sudo apt update
sudo apt remove --purge libreoffice*

Then run the following command.

sudo apt autoremove

Update your system packages.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install snapd on your system

sudo apt install snapd

For Debian systems, install the core using the following command.

$ sudo snap install core

Install ONLYOFFICE Docs editors using the following command.

$ sudo snap install onlyoffice-desktopeditors
onlyoffice-desktopeditors 7.1.0 from Ascensio System SIA (onlyoffice✓) installed

Launch ONLYOFFICE on Ubuntu/KDE Neon/Debian/Kubuntu

Run the editors from the application launcher.

It opens as shown below. You can create an ONLYOFFICE cloud account to sync your documents and access them from anywhere.

You can go to settings to customize the editor view and language.

ONLYOFFICE Document Editor

The document editor opens in a new tab on the same window. You don’t have to open a different application for it. You can however change this in the settings if you prefer to open it in a new window.

ONLYOFFICE Spreadsheet editor

The spreadsheet editor also opens on a new tab in the same window. You can add different shapes and charts to analyze the data in the sheet.

ONLYOFFICE Presentations

The Presentations editor opens as shown below allowing you to edit your presentation file with different options like the theme of the presentation.


The form template has the same view as the document editor but with an added Forms menu and auto-selected. You can add a text field, combo box, dropdown, etc.

Once done you can preview the form before saving and sharing the work.


From this guide, we have gone through the procedure of installing the ONLYOFFICE desktop suite of Ubuntu|Debian|KDE Neon|Kubuntu. ONLYOFFICE offers the Document editor, Spreadsheets, Presentations, and Form Template. All these tools enable you to create and access your documents and share them with others. It is highly compatible with Microsoft office formats compared to other office suites.

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