Is there any way to install MS Word or Latex on a Raspberry Pi Zero W?


There is no way to run Microsoft Word direct on a Raspberry Pi because it is compiled for Intel microprocessors. Raspberry Pi uses ARM processors.

To use Latex on a RasPi should not be a problem because it is available from the default Raspbian repository. Just look with

rpi ~$ apt list latex*

and install the packages what you need.


LibreOffice Writer is an open source equivalent to MS Word, and that runs on the Pi. It may be installed by default, but if it's not in the main menu, install it with:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install libreoffice-writer

or to install the whole LibreOffice suite:

sudo apt install libreoffice
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    This does not answer the question. – Ingo Jun 6 '19 at 9:15
  • It might do, that's up to the questioner (or anyone who comes across this in future). If the questioner (or anyone else) isn't aware of LO, this could be useful. – ben_nuttall Jun 6 '19 at 9:38
  • Calling this an "equivalent" is stretching the truth. I use both for work and there's no credible way to claim that LibreOffice is nearly as powerful as Word. Whether it's a good value is maybe a different issue and depends a lot on what you want to do. – Brick Jun 6 '19 at 17:45
  • It's a reasonable suggestion, and it's useful information. If MS Word did run on the Pi and I'd answered this way, fair enough, but it doesn't. – ben_nuttall Jun 6 '19 at 21:46

No to MS Word. It does not run on Raspberry Pi at all. For latex use apt-get and this package: wiki.debian.org/Latex

sudo apt-get texlive

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