What is the difference between LibreOffice, as available for download from the LibreOffice web site, and LibreOffice Vanilla, as available from the macOS AppStore? And how do current version numbers compare?

I guess downloading an image from that web site is okay, but then macOS asks me to confirm the image as obtained from a mirror site with an unfamiliar name. This still makes sense on a technical level, but frankly I'd prefer to install via the AppStore, esp. since the admin password is involved.


LibreOffice Vanilla is almost identical to LibreOffice Fresh. The only difference is that when downloading Fresh, the website asks for a donation. AFAIK there are some policies in App Store which doesn't allow asking for money in application listing. Since the money from donations are important for LibreOffice development the Vanilla version includes a donation link (which should be the only difference).

See https://www.collaboraoffice.com/community-en/libreoffice-vanilla-mac-app-store/ and https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/

  • The folks from Collabra apparently do not mention though that they do not only raise (much-needed) financial support via the pop-up window but also by a 10.99 € fee (in my location) for LibreOffice Vanilla in the macOS AppStore. – Drux Oct 9 '18 at 21:25

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