Monday, 20 April 2009

Install OpenOffice 3.01 in Backtrack 4 Beta

I decided to install OpenOffice in Backtrack since it is not part of the default pack because of size limitations. I always find it useful to have a spreadsheet application installed as part of my Pen-Testing toolkit.
Get the Linux DEB. I am using the English (US)

tar -zxvf OOo_3.0.1_LinuxIntel_install_en-US_deb.tar.gz
cd OOo_inst_folder/DEBS
dpkg -i *.deb

(Not sure this is needed for KDE but I did it for the icons in kmenuedit)
cd desktop-integration
dpkg -i *.deb

Add it to KDE if you are using Gnome you don't need to do this.

Click on Utilities
Ctrl+N (New)

Name: OpenOffice3 (or what ever you want)
Command: /opt/openoffice.org3/program/soffice
Click on the blank icon next to name and pick an icon for open office
Ctrl+S (Save)


  1. So usefull, thanks, i install those Open Office versin without any problem on Back Track 4 pre... but i dont know how access the suite (without cliking on a document)cose there are not accesible from de KDE menu, whit this explanation i think the problem was solved!! thanks.
    Just another question, how i can install VLC multimedia player on BT4?, i already try, without error logs, but when i try to run some video for example the BT4 ask me whit what program open this?, i look for the VLC arroun the directories and menus but i cant see it is not installed? i dont know i install it 2 times without any error message, so if you can help i´ve be glad : ), thanks in advance.

  2. Hi Marcelo,

    To install VLC on BackTrack 4 try running the following as root.

    apt-get update
    apt-get install vlc

    Hope that works out for.
    If your getting any errors please post them here and I'll see if I can help.