How To Install KDE Desktop on Ubuntu 12.04

KDE is one of the most popular Window Manager /Desktop among GNU/Linux users. For KDE lovers there is a dedicated version of Ubuntu – called as Kubuntu, which nothing but the core Ubuntu with KDE packages and desktop.

If you’ve installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (which comes with Unity by default), and got bored with Unity or Gnome Shell – then KDE is probably the best option for you. It’s simple, elegant, easy and comes with the bundle of cool applications. KDE is recommended for beginners (who have migrated from Windows) – because it looks somewhat similar to Windows.

Some of the most popular applications you would get with KDE bundle are – Dolphin File Browser (Lightweight and fast), Konqueror browser, Cool looking Plasma Desktop/Oxygen Themes, Kmail (Default Email Client for KDE desktop), Kate (text editor, like gedit), K3b (best disc burning application) etc.


Install KDE on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

If you want to install KDE with standard set of applications then execute –

sudo apt-get install kde-standard

On the other hand for full set of package/applications – (it may take a lot of time – if you’ve slow Internet connection then better try above one)

sudo apt-get install kde-full

That’s All, Now you can logout from the current session and select KDE on the Login Prompt to start enjoying the Kool Desktop Environment (KDE).

  • Mami

    Thanks for the instructions. I really got fed up with Unity crap and have with this help installed KDE Plasma and it is completely awesome. Much better even than the good old GNOME2 desktop. 

  • Quacero Quamba

    thanks, this is helping  me much.

  • Zkchong

    thanks for sharing.

  • Stanley Watson

    After you have done this, do you still have the latest version of Ubuntu? (12.04)

    Do you, in effect, have Kubuntu?

    Sorry for noob questions!

    • Jammyboy666

       You still have Ubuntu 12.04  and Unity but you can change it to Kde in the login settings

  • guest

    I installed it…. it was pretty cool but now i want to uninstall it How do i ininstall it

    • Linux4Ever

      By typing the same command you installed it with , but replace ” install ” with ” remove ”

      * So the command is

      sudo apt-get remove kde-standard

      * But you should type that command while you run another environment like Unity for example

  • Linux4Ever

    Thank you very much

  • noob

    thank you!

  • mostafa soleymani

    خیلی ممنون
    thank you very much

  • Vlad Andrei

    Thank you, most of the tutorials about installing KDE were about installing kubuntu (which I didn’t want to) but you really helped me with those 2 commands.

    Cheers :)

  • Akhil A

    Thank You Very much

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  • Olivier Stas

    Thank you very much

  • Vincent

    thank you Mr. Jha!

  • Nguyễn Đình Hiếu

    thanks so much

  • armanac

    It was so helpful thank you !