How to install WPS Office in elementary OS Loki

WPS Office is one of the best looking Office suites for Linux. It has the ribbon user interface like Microsoft Office and comes loaded with tons of design templates. Personally, I like WPS Office more than LibreOffice. I have been using it since a year or so and completely happy with its features.

Now that elementary OS Loki has no direct support to install deb files by double-clicking it and also that WPS Office is not available in the AppCenter, it can get a little tricky to install the suite for beginners. We shall use gdebi command.

Install WPS Office in elementary OS Loki

Command-line Way

STEP 1: Download 64-bit WPS Office from here. The downloaded file should look something like this wps-office_10.1.0.5672~a21_amd64.deb. Although the version number may vary.

STEP 2: By default settings, the downloaded file should go into Files > Downloads.

STEP 3: Open ‘Terminal’ from ‘Applications’ menu.

STEP 4: Navigate to the ‘Downloads’ directory using cd command:

cd Downloads

STEP 5: Type ls and hit enter to see all the contents of the Downloads folder.

ls

STEP 6: Copy the file name of the WPS Office setup file from the list.

STEP 7: Use gdebi command:

sudo gdebi wps-office_10.1.0.5672~a21_amd64.deb

You will have to enter root password and enter ‘Y’ to complete installation. After installation is complete, you should see WPS Writer, Spreadsheets, and Presentation in the Applications menu.

Graphical User Interface Way

Another way is to install gdebi installer which will let you install any .deb files easily by right-clicking on the debian file and ‘open with gDebi’.

STEP 1: Download 64-bit WPS Office from here. The downloaded file should look something like this wps-office_10.1.0.5672~a21_amd64.deb. Although the version number may vary.

STEP 2: Install gdebi installer.

sudo apt install gdebi

STEP 3: Now all you have to do is simply right-click on the downloaded WPS deb package and select ‘Open with gDebi’ to proceed with GUI method of installing WPS Office.

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