Installing KDE on Ubuntu 22.04

KDE or K Desktop Environment is a next-generation desktop for the Linux operating systems including Ubuntu 22.04. It is a multi-platform and powerful tool that is used to surf the web. KDE permits us to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. The community of KDE developed 200 plus applications that are supported by Linux-based operating systems such as Krita, Kdenlive, Kdevelop, GCompris, and so on.

The complete procedure for installation, activation and uninstallation of KDE will be demonstrated in this writeup.

How to install KDE on Ubuntu 22.04

On Ubuntu 22.04, install KDE by utilizing the below-given steps.

Step 1: Update system packages

In the first step, press “CTRL+ALT+T” to open the terminal and update and upgrade the Ubuntu system packages:

$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Step 2: Install KDE

Users can install “KDE Standard” or “KDE Plasma Desktop” according to their preferences. For instance, if you want to install KDE Standard package, then execute the below-given command:

$ sudo apt install kde-standard 

During KDE installation, the “Package configuration” window will appear. Click on “Ok” to configure sddm:

Select “sddm” and hit the “Enter” key:

Below given output indicates that the KDE Standard package is installed successfully:

If the user wants to install “KDE Plasma Desktop” rather than KDE Standard, then run the following command:

$ sudo apt install kde-plasma-desktop 

Similar to KDE, the following “Package configuration” window will appear on the screen. Click on “Ok” to continue:

Choose your “Default display manager”, as we have selected “gdm3” and press “Enter”:

The below-given output indicates that KDE Plasma Desktop is successfully installed and configured on our Ubuntu 22.04:

Step 3: Reboot Ubuntu System

After installing the preferred KDE package reboot the system:

$ sudo reboot

Now, let’s move to activate the KDE desktop on Ubuntu 22.04.

How to activate KDE desktop on Ubuntu 22.04

After rebooting the system, KDE Plasma Desktop automatically Activates in Ubuntu 22.04:

However, if KDE is not activated automatically then click on the “Gear” icon, and select “Plasma (X11)” from the displayed options. Provide password credentials and log in:

The below-given output indicates that we have successfully logged in to KDE Desktop Environment:

Let’s check out how to remove KDE from Ubuntu 22.04.

How to remove KDE from Ubuntu 22.04

Run the below-listed command to uninstall the KDE Standard package:

$ sudo apt autoremove kde-standard --purge

In order to uninstall KDE Plasma Desktop, utilize the given command in Ubuntu 22.04 terminal:

$ sudo apt autoremove kde-plasma-desktop --purge

We have acquired all the necessary steps for installing, activating, and uninstalling KDE on Ubuntu 22.04.


To install KDE on Ubuntu 22.04, first, update system packages and install the KDE package according to your preferences. In order to install the KDE Standard package, use the “$ sudo apt install kde-standard” command on the terminal. If you want to install the KDE Plasma Desktoppackage, execute the “$ sudo apt install kde-plasma-desktop” command on the terminal. In this writeup, we have effectively explained the ways to install, activate and remove KDE Environments on Ubuntu 22.04.