How to Install KDE Plasma 5.7 on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

KDE Plasma 5.7 was released on July 5, 2016, bringing many features and improvements. If you’ve already installed the Unity edition of Ubuntu, and want to install KDE plasma desktop on Ubuntu 16.04 or Ubuntu 16.10, then follow the below instructions.

Install KDE Plasma 5.7 on Ubuntu 16.04 or Ubuntu 16.10

For Ubuntu 16.04, open up a terminal and run the following commands to add the Kubuntu backports PPA, update local package index and install kubuntu-desktop.

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

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

install kde plasma 5.7 on ubuntu 16.04 ppa

For Ubuntu 16.10, open up a terminal window and type in the following commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

It will install KDE Plasma desktop along with all needed dependencies. During the installation process, you will be prompted to select the display manager. First, press Enter.

install kde plasma on ubuntu 16.04

Then in the next screen, select lightdm or ssdm as the default display manager.


lightdm(Light Display Manager) is the default for Unity desktop environment. SSDM (simple desktop display manager) is the preferred display manager for KDE Plasma desktop environment.

Then wait for the installation to finish. Once the installation is complete, log out and select KDE Plasma from the login screen.


Plasma Desktop 5.7

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How to Find Out KDE Plasma Version

Open Kinfocenter by searching it from K menu or by running the following command in terminal.


You can see the KDE Plasma version, KDE Framework version, Qt version, among others.

kde plasma version

How to Remove KDE Plasma Desktop from Ubuntu

If for any reason you want to remove it from Ubuntu, type in the following command.

sudo apt purge kubuntu-desktop

sudo apt autoremove

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports   (For Ubuntu 16.04 only)

That’s it! Hope this tutorial helped you install KDE Plasma 5.7 desktop environment on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10. As always, if you found this post useful, subscribe to our free newsletter or follow us on Google+, Twitter or like our Facebook page. Thanks for visiting!

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