LibreOffice Server Install GUI

Version 4.1.x

This tool allows you to perform parallel ( server ) - installations of LibreOffice without technical knowledge of the Microsoft Windows installation process. A parallel installation is independent from the normal LibreOffice installation and will not interact with the normal LibreOffice installation.  Additionally, multiple server installations are possible which are independent of each other and will not interact.

Server installations are useful for:

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Server Install GUI is not necessary for installation of LibreOffice master versions from and similar file directories. Master as well as Alpha and Beta versions will be installed independently from the normal stable LibreOffice version by default. But of course you also can install a testing version or stable version of LibreOffice using Server Install GUI. Parallel installations are useful if you do not want master version installations to be overwritten by later master version installations.

Use LibreOffice Server Install GUI at your own risk.  This product comes without any warranty.  Please read these instructions completely before using.

System requirements


You can simply install the tool by double clicking on the downloaded setup.exe file in the Windows File Explorer. If you do not have a prerequisite installed, it will be automatically installed before the installation of Server Install GUI starts.

After installation you will find “LibreOffice Server Install GUI” in the sub folder "Reisisoft" in the Windows Programs Start Center as well as on the desktop.

How to use

1) Start the program.  In the top left corner a drop-down list will give you the option of downloading the current version of the latest branch, older branch, testing build, or master. A list of LibreOffice versions available to download will also appear in the drop-down list optionally. This list must be updated by clicking the “Update list of versions” button.  Place a check mark in the “Installer” and/or “Offline help” boxes to download these files.  The offline help file language can be selected from the “Language help” drop-down list. After clicking the “Begin download” button a confirmation prompt will appear.

2) The path to the downloaded installer file should appear in the text box next to the “Open LibreOffice installer” button. The default location of the download is determined in the “About/Settings” pane. You can also browse to the location by clicking the “Open LibreOffice installer” button and then select the file. The name might be “libreoffice-3-6~2012-10-31_08.03.29_LibreOffice-Dev_3.6.4.0_Win_x86_install_en-US.msi” or similar. If the “Advanced file renaming” box is unchecked in “About/Settings” this file will always be named “libo_installer.msi”.

3) Similar to step 2 above, click and browse for the localized help installer. Select the installer with the “Open LibreOffice help” button.

4) Click the “Configure installation directory” button to browse for the folder where you want to install a particular version of LibreOffice. It is not recommended to use the default Windows programs folder because administrator permission will be required. Use something like “C:\LibreOffice_Server\”.

5) Tick the check box "Should a sub folder be created automatically?" and enter the name of the sub folder in the text field below. If you download LibreOffice via LibreOffice Server Install GUI a name for the sub folder will be automatically suggested. You may change the suggestion now. If you do not want to have a sub folder automatically created, simply uncheck the check box mentioned above.

6) Click the “Start installation” button to begin a parallel installation. The normal LibreOffice installation dialogs will appear. Click the “Go” button next to the path to the setup if you want to perform a normal installation.

7) Click the “Open bootstrap.ini” button.  The path and contents of this file will appear in the text boxes below this button. Once you are finished editing the bootstrap.ini file, click the “Save bootstrap.ini” button. Details about the bootstrap.ini file can be found below. Note that if the “Auto-edit bootstrap.ini” box is checked in “About/Settings” this step is not applicable.

8) If you want to have a desktop icon for the previously created LibreOffice server installation, click the “Create shortcut” button after the installation is finished.

9) Close Server Install GUI and start you new LibreOffice server installation by double clicking “soffice.exe” in the “program” sub folder of the folder you selected in step 4 and/or 5, or via the desktop shortcut you created in step 8.


The input pane allows to define what user profile the server installation of LibreOffice will use. You can find details concerning user profile at

Four locations are appropriate for your user profile:

a) You change nothing. Your server installation will use (and create, if necessary) the default profile defined by the default entry in bootstrap.ini like “UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/LOdev/4”.

b) You use your normal user profile with input "UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/LibreOffice/4" (for LibreOffice Version 4.x). That is risky because your user profile might become unusable.

c) You use a separate user profile only for this version with entry "UserInstallation=$ORIGIN/.."  This is the default option if the “Auto-edit bootstrap.ini” box is checked in “About/Settings.”

d) You use a separate common user profile for your parallel installations with entries like "UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/LibreOffice-dev/3" or "UserInstallation=$SYSUSERCONFIG/LibreOffice/3experimental" or similar.

e) You may use the snippet provided right beneath the text box to not override your profile, which is the same as in step c above.  


Clicking the manager button will open a new manager window. In the manager you can add or delete existing parallel installations.


Inside the manager click "Manually add parallel installation". A dialogue will pop up. Click "Configure path" and select the soffice.exe file of the parallel installation. Confirm by clicking “Okay”. New installations will be added automatically!


Check the parallel installations you want to delete. After that click "Delete selected". After the command line disappears the parallel installation has been deleted. Deleting files is always risky!


If after running the program you get the message “Application cannot be started. Contact Application vendor”, please attempt the following fix:

Windows XP:

1. Go to C:\Documents and Settings\(your account name)\Local Settings\.

2. Rename or move to a different location the Apps folder.

3. Try installing the setup.exe file for LibreOffice Server Install GUI.

4. Note that this solution might affect other programs you may have. To restore the previous state if desired, move the Apps folder to it's original location.

Vista and newer:

1. Go to C:\Users\(your account name)\AppData\Local.

2. Rename or move to a different location the Apps folder. Also please delete the "Reisisoft" folder.

3. Try installing the setup.exe file for LibreOffice Server Install GUI.

4. Note that this solution might affect other programs you may have. To restore the previous state if desired, move the Apps folder to it's original location.


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