How to Install KDE Plasma 5.7 in Linux Distros

KDE Project team has proudly announced its flagship Desktop Environment KDE Plasma 5.7 with greatly improved Wayland windowing system, along with numerous feature improvements including improved workflows, better Kiosk support, New system tray and task manager, and more. The Jump List Actions feature, which is introduced in the previous release, has been now extended to be accessible from KRunner. For those who don't know, Jump List Actions will allow the users to access for a specific tasks within an application. KDE Volume control applet will now allow you to control volume on a per-application basis, and also you can raise the volume levels above 100%.

Also, when there is no hardware keyboard attached, a virtual keyboard will be automatically shown to provide a smooth converged experience to tablets and convertibles. And, when the keyboard is connected back, the virtual keyboard will be disabled automatically. Also, the touchpad can be enabled or disabled through a global shortcut. Another notable change in this release is the agenda view in the Calendar which provides a quick and easily accessible overview of upcoming events, appointments and holidays etc. For more details, refer the KDE Plasma 5.7 release notes.

In this tutorial, we will walk you thorough how to install KDE Plasma 5.7 in Ubuntu 16.04, Fedora 24, and openSUSE 13.2, and Arch Linux.

Install KDE Plasma On Ubuntu / Linux Mint

KDE Plasma 5.7 installation has been tested on Ubuntu 16.04. However, the same steps should work on Ubuntu derivatives such as Linux Mint 18.

First of all, update the Ubuntu system:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then, add Ubuntu backports repository using command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

Update the repository lists using command:

sudo apt-get update

Finally, run the following command to install the latest KDE plasma DE.

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

During installation, you will be asked to configure the display manager for Plasma DE. Click OK to continue.

VirtualBox_Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop_06_07_2016_20_16_31

In the next wizard, select the default display manager. In my case, I selected "lightdm".

VirtualBox_Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop_06_07_2016_20_17_56

Wait for few moments to complete Plasma DE installation. Oops! I got the following error at the end.

Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

VirtualBox_Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop_07_07_2016_14_33_12

To fix this, find the conflicted package that causes the problem:

sudo find /var/cache -name "kde-config-telepathy-accounts*"

Sample output:


Install it with flag --force-overwrite as shown below:

sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/kde-config-telepathy-accounts_4%3a15.12.3-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb

Finally, run the following command to complete KDE plasma installation.

sudo apt-get -f install

Now, reboot the Ubuntu system.From the Log in menu select Plasma DE:

VirtualBox_Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop_07_07_2016_14_43_18

Install KDE Plasma On Fedora

KDE Plasma packages are available in the default repositories starting from Fedora 23. To install Plasma 5.7 DE in Fedora 23 and 24, run the following command as root user:

dnf install @kde-desktop

Install KDE Plasma On CentOS / RHEL / Scientific Linux

To install Plasma 5.7 in RHEL, and its clones like CentOS and Scientific Linux, run the following command as root user:

yum groupinstall "KDE Plasma Workspaces"

Install KDE Plasma On openSUSE

KDE plasma is available in the default repositories in openSUSE 13.1 and 13.2. To install install Plasma 5.7, just run:

sudo zypper in -t pattern kde kde_plasma

Install KDE Plasma On Arch Linux

On rolling releases like Arch Linux and its derivatives, Plasma packages are available in the [extra] repository. Just enable the [extra] repository, and install it using command:

sudo pacman -Syu
sudo pacman -S plasma-meta


sudo pacman -S plasma

Also, Beta releases are available in the [kde-unstable] repository.
KDE Plasma screenshot tour:

KDE Plasma DE in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

KDE Plasma DE in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

KDE Plasma details

KDE Plasma details

Web browser in KDE

Web browser in KDE

Dolphin filemanager

Dolphin file manager



As of writing this guide, KDE plasma 5.7 version is not yet updated in the official repositories. Since it is just released we have to few more days to get the latest version. That's all for now. Start using the latest KDE Plasma version on your Linux desktop. If you like this tutorial, share it on your social networks and support Linoxide. Also, subscribe to our newsletter to get daily updates to your inbox.

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  1. The instructions for Fedora and RHEL/CentOS will not work since the 5.7 packages are not available in their respective repositories. 5.7 may be available in the future for Fedora, but RHEL/CentOS ships with KDE4, which is incompatible with the new version.

  2. Yes. We have mentioned it at the end of the article. Now, KDE 5.7 is available for Arch Linux. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. For CentOS
    Warning: Group KDE Plasma Workspaces does not eist.
    Error: No packages in any requested group available to install or update