Install KDE Plasma Desktop Environment on Fedora 35/34/33/32/31

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KDE Plasma has proven to be the most customizable Linux Desktop Environment in existence. The KDE Community have developed a ton of high-quality applications that fit user’s Desktop needs. The top common Desktop Applications  that come with KDE Plasma include:

  • Dolphin File Manager
  • Kate text editor
  • Konqueror web browser
  • Kget download manager
  • KMail email client
  • Krita creative sketching and painting tool
  • KDE Connect
  • Okular document viewer
  • KMyMoney personal finance tool
  • Kdenlive video editing application
  • Amarok music management application
  • Digikam photo management application

Install KDE Plasma Desktop Environment on your Fedora 35/34/33/32/31 to start enjoying these applications.

Step 1: Install KDE Plasma on Fedora 35/34/33/32/31

KDE Plasma installation on Fedora is a straightforward process and doesn’t require an experienced Linux user. Run the following commands on your Desktop as a user with sudo privileges.

sudo dnf -y group install "KDE Plasma Workspaces"

This installation has a huge list of dependencies that need to be installed. Be patient as this could take a while.

Step 2: Switch to KDE Desktop Environment on Fedora at Login

Now that you have installed KDE Plasma on Fedora 35/34/33/32/31, reboot your system and select KDE desktop environment on the Login screen.

sudo reboot

This should work for Fedora Workstation installations. Click the “settings” icon next to the “Sign In” button.



Fedora Server Editions

For the server editions, you can use:

Fedora 35

$ vim ~/.bashrc
export XDG_SESSION_TYPE="wayland exec dbus-run-session startplasma-wayland"

$ startx

Fedora 34 and below

echo "exec /usr/bin/startkde" >> ~/.xinitrc

Select the Desktop Environment you want to Login to, provide user password and click on “Sign In“.




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