Your Easiest Way to Update LibreOffice

How to Automatically or Manually Install the Latest Bug Fixes for Windows or Mac

LibreOffice is easy and free to update, but if you've never done it before it can be frustrating to figure out the specific steps.

Here are your easiest ways to set and apply automatic or manual updates. Once you set up how you prefer to stay updated, it should be less of a chore in the future.

Instructions in this article apply to LibreOffice 6.0 or higher.

How to Update LibreOffice Automatically

This method is your easiest option for updating LibreOffice. Automatic updates should be the default. You can double-check your settings to make sure Automatic updates are selected.

  1. Make sure you are connected to the internet. It might sound obvious, but make sure you have a reliable internet connection before you attempt a download.

    Both automatic and manual updates for LibreOffice require an online connection.  

  2. Open LibreOffice. 

  3. In the Tools menu, choose Options.

    The Tools > Options path in LibreOffice
  4. Select Online Update in the Options window.

    LibreOffice Options with Online Update highlighted
  5. Under Check for updates automatically, specify how often the program seeks online updates by selecting Every Day, Every Week, or Every Month. (You can also opt to select Check Now.)

    LibreOffice automatic update settings with Every Week highlighted
  6. Select OK to apply the setting.

    LibreOffice update settings screen with OK highlighted

When an update is available, an icon in the menu bar pops up. Click this icon or message to begin downloading available updates.

If LibreOffice is configured to download the files automatically, the download starts immediately. 

How to Choose Manual Updates for LibreOffice

While automatic updates are recommended, it is also fairly simple to manually update your LibreOffice programs. You just have to remember to do it.

  1. Open LibreOffice. 

  2. In the Tools menu, choose Options.

    The Tools > Options path in LibreOffice
  3. Select Online Update in the Options window.

    LibreOffice Options with Online Update highlighted
  4. Select Check Now.

    LibreOffice Check Now option for online updates
  5. The Check for Updates dialog box opens and displays any available updates or a message that LibreOffice is up to date.

    LibreOffice update status window
  6. Select Install if any updates are found.

How to Update Extensions

It is possible you may need to manually update LibreOffice extensions from time to time. Extensions are optional features you can install to the core LibreOffice suite, to expand what it can do. 

Again, extensions can cause glitches if they do not stay updated, but the good news is running either update method should also update your extensions. 

  1. Open LibreOffice. 

  2. Select Tools and choose Extension Manager.

    LibreOffice path showing Tools > Extension Manager
  3. Select Check for Updates.

    Check for Updates highlighted in LibreOffice Extension Manager
  4. If any updates are available in the Extension Updates list, choose Install.

    Screenshot of Extension Updates in LibreOffice
  5. Close the Extension Manager window when updates are complete.

Problems? Make sure you are logged in as the administrator. You will most likely need to have administrator rights on your computer to download updates for LibreOffice.