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How to install SoftMaker Office 2021 on Linux

SoftMaker is out with a new iteration of its office suite. It’s called SoftMaker Office 2021, and it’s packed with tons of new features. If you’re looking to get the new SoftMaker Office 2021 working on your Linux PC, follow along with this guide.

Please note that SoftMaker Office is not free. You will need to purchase a license from the SoftMaker website to enjoy the software past the free trial phase. For more information, click here.

Ubuntu installation instructions

To install the 2021 release of SoftMaker Office on Ubuntu Linux, you must download the latest DEB package from the download page on the developer’s website. Click on this link here to head over to the download page.

Once on the download page, scroll down for the “Linux” option, and click on the white download button. By clicking on the white download button, you will see a pop-out menu appear. Look through the list for “.deb package for DEB-based 64-bit systems,” and click on it to download the DEB package to the “Downloads” folder on your computer.

When DEB package download completes, open up a terminal window on the desktop and use the following CD command to move the terminal session from the home directory to the “Downloads” folder.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the download folder, run the Apt command below to install SoftMaker Office 2021 on your Ubuntu PC.

sudo apt install ./softmaker-office-2021_1014-01_amd64.deb

The Apt command will install the SoftMaker Office 2021 app on your Ubuntu computer. When the installation finishes, search for “SoftMaker Office 2021” in your app menu to start using it!

Debian installation instructions

SoftMaker Office 2021 is compatible with Debian Linux, as the website distributes a DEB package on the download page under the Linux section. To be honest, the DEB package is probably targeted at Ubuntu users, but it works on Debian nonetheless.

To start the installation, head over to the SoftMaker download page, scroll down, click on the white download button, and select “.deb package for DEB-based 64-bit systems” to grab the DEB package.

Once the package is done downloading to your computer, open up a terminal window and use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, run the dpkg command to install SoftMaker Office on your Debian Linux PC. Keep in mind that during the installation, errors may occur on screen.

sudo dpkg -i softmaker-office-2021_1014-01_amd64.deb

After dpkg finishes executing, SoftMaker Office 2021 is installed. However, you will need to correct the errors that appeared on the screen during the installation. These errors are dependency problems and must be corrected to use SoftMaker Office 2021.

sudo apt-get install -f

With all the dependency errors corrected, the app is ready to use. Look for “SoftMaker Office” in the app menu, and click on it to start it up!

Arch Linux installation instructions

SoftMaker Office does not have an official Pacman package on their website. That being said, there is an Arch Linux AUR package that users can download, which will help you get the app working.

To start the installation process, open up a terminal window. Then, when the terminal window is open, use the Pacman command to install the “Git” and “Base-devel” packages on your computer.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

After installing the “Git” and “Base-devel” packages on your system, use the commands below to set up the Trizen AUR helper tool. This tool will make installing the SoftMaker Office 2021 much more straightforward.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git
cd trizen
makepkg -sri

Once the Trizen application is set up, you’ll be able to install SoftMaker Office 2021 on your Arch Linux PC with the trizen -S command in a terminal window.

trizen -S softmaker-office-2021-bin

Fedora installation instructions

To install SoftMaker Office 2021 on your Fedora Linux PC, you must download the RPM package to your computer. To download the latest RPM package for SoftMaker Office 2021, go to the SoftMaker Office download page, and click on the “.rpm package for RPM-based 64-bit systems” option.

After downloading the RPM package to your Fedora Linux PC, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory where the RPM package file is.

cd ~/Downloads

To install SoftMaker Office 2021 on your Fedora Linux PC, you need only enter the following dnf install command below.

sudo dnf install softmaker-office-2021-1014.x86_64.rpm

OpenSUSE installation instructions

If you’re an OpenSUSE Linux user, you’ll be able to install SoftMaker Office 2021 via the official RPM package on their website. To start the installation process, head over to the download page, and click on the option “.rpm package for RPM-based 64-bit systems” to get the RPM.

When the RPM package is done downloading, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, from there, run the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, you’ll be able to install the SoftMaker Office 2021 RPM on your OpenSUSE Linux PC via the zypper install command below.

sudo zypper install softmaker-office-2021-1014.x86_64.rpm

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