Install KDE Plasma 5.9 in Ubuntu 16.10/Linux Mint 18, Fedora 23/25 and OpenSUSE

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Aaron Kili

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161 Responses

  1. Andes says:

    Hi, I try to install xrdp in ubuntu 16.04 with Plasma, but without luck. I used xfce4 with 14.04 ever, and xrdp works for me. Now when connecting with rdp in windows to ubutnu16.04 with Plasma, I can only get a white/black screen. Can you help with this, or give me some advise? Thanks

  2. Vitaly says:

    it doesnt work with my mint 18. step by step i follow your instruction but all finished after sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

    • Aaron Kili says:


      I will test it on Mint 18 and give you an update on the possible cause of the problem you are facing.

    • Robert says:

      It worked for me on Mint Cinnamon 18.1 x64. Pay attention to the output of the commands at each step. If any packages fail to be retrieved, repeat the command until successful before moving to next command. With Mint Cinnamon 18.1, you won’t have to configure sddm.

      Make sure you aren’t set to auto-login. Reboot. At the login prompt, in the upper right corner of the login box, you can then select either Cinnamon or Plasma before entering your password.

  3. Robert says:

    Uninstall KDE Plasma from Linux Mint 18……. aptitude purge kde-standard

  4. MewX says:

    But after that my KDE version is v4, do you know why is that?

  5. Drakon says:

    Didn’t worked for me on Mint 18 Cinnamon 64 bit.

    Did everything like you said in the tutorial, but i didn’t got the configure program for the login manager. After restarting i have no selection of the Desktop Environment and boot still up on Cinnamon.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Let me try to figure out what the problem could really be, possibly by running a separate installation on Linux Mint 18. However, try to cross check to see that you did not miss any of the steps above.

    • Trax says:

      Drakon, same OS here and same thing happened – booted into something, a mixture of KDE and Cinnamon. Logs just showed “sddm-theme-breeze” and no lightdm. If you search for them your lucky to find lightdm as sddm is now the preferred display manager.

      Rebooted but took some time at the log in screen and found it; In the upper right hand corner of the password tab is a very small Ci. If you click on it you will have the option of 4 different settings, one is Plasma, two Cinnamon and one other.

      I thank you Aaron Kili this was appreciated.

    • Gumper says:

      Yep, Mint 18.1. Did the install but never got an option to choose Litedm and no option to choose Plasma on restart.

      • Gumper says:

        Edit to my comment above…

        It is working now. The instruction Aaron Kili gave were not specific enough about how to access the list to choose the desktop from at Startup. If using Mint Cinnamon, at the Users sign in screen to enter your password, in the top right corner of the sign in box are tiny icons for keyboard (keyboard icon), language (flag icon) and desktop (Ci icon). Click the little Ci icon to access the menu to choose Plasma.

  6. Raheel says:

    Hi i followed your instructions its awesome working. One thing i am curious. When i am shutting down my system, It shows Kubuntu. Does it mean my laptop now has 2 distros? Ubuntu and Kubuntu?

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Nope, the K is probably added from combination of KDE+Ubuntu=Kubuntu. The first time i installed KDE 4, i noticed that too. This may not be the solid reason for that but it could be as a result of what i have just explained here.

  7. Mohamad says:

    I followed the instructions for ubuntu, every thing went great except when I log in to plasma I get dark desktop with no icons and no functionality. Is there any solution? My Ubuntu version is 15.04

  8. randy says:

    Nice article
    how to uninstall kde on ubuntu 16.04?

  9. Usman Sadiq says:

    Run this command, before install KDE on ubuntu.

    sudo dpkg -r account-plugin-google unity-scope-gdrive

  10. Kien says:

    Hi, I just followed the instruction and it was successfully but now I want to revert back. How can I uninstall KDE?

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