Install packages from backports Debian - Libreoffice 7 on Buster

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Backports are repositories that have packages from newer sources (Testing and Sid) compiled so that it can work on older Debian versions.

Using backports is actually quite risky since the packages are just not going through enough tests and it might break a Debian stable. However, it should be the first place to go for newer version of any packages; at least they are compiled to target Debian Stable.

I was eager to try out the Libreoffice 7 on my Debian and I know that the sort of “newest” apps will be in the backports repository.

I use Libreoffice as a demonstration, you could apply these steps for any app.

1. Add Buster Backport source

Add this line to my Debian sources.list file

deb buster-backports main


sudo apt update

2. Install Libreoffice on Debian

I have show how to install Libreoffice here on this website: Libre Office as office suite

The process is the same.

sudo apt -t buster-backports install libreoffice-calc libreoffice-writer libreoffice-gtk3 libreoffice-style-sifr

It will update my libreoffice packages on my system.

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