How to Install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 18.04

Install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 18.04

In this article, we will have explained the necessary steps to install and configure KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Before continuing with this tutorial, make sure you are logged in as a user with sudo privileges. All the commands in this tutorial should be run as a non-root user.

KDE’s Plasma Desktop Environment is a beautiful Desktop Environment that focuses on speed, simplicity, security, and customization. If you are reading this post then Plasma needs no introduction to you. The KDE community develops KDE Plasma Desktop, and it is the default desktop environment on many Linux distributions, such as Manjaro, OpenSUSE, Kubuntu, and many more.

Install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu

Step 1. First, before you start installing any package on your Ubuntu server, we always recommend making sure that all system packages are updated.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Install Tasksel.

The first command installs Tasksel, a tool that enables the download of several related packages at once:

sudo apt install tasksel

Step 3. Install KDE Plasma Desktop.

Now that you have tasksel installed on your system, please enter the following command as sudo in order to install the Kubuntu Desktop:

sudo tasksel install kubuntu-desktop

Select the sddm as the default display manager which is the preferred display manager for the KDE Plasma Desktop environment and press Enter. In case you have not been offered to make the selection, then after the installation is finished execute:

sudo apt install sddm

This process will take some time, depending on your internet speed, Once the KDE Plasma Desktop installation is complete, reboot the system:

sudo reboot

On the Login screen of Kubuntu Desktop, select the Desktop Session as Plasma and log in with your existing Ubuntu credentials.

That’s all you need to do to install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 18.04. I hope you find this quick tip helpful. If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below.