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The KDE Community is an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon. We have a strong focus on finding innovative solutions to old and new problems, creating a vibrant atmosphere open for experimentation.

KDE's software in Debian

Plasma by KDE is one of the DesktopEnvironment options in the DebianDesktopHowTo.

You can find information about KDE's software in Debian from the Debian Qt/KDE maintainers website.


There are different options to install KDE Plasma Desktop in Debian:

How to install


"KDE Plasma Desktop"

task-kde-desktop task, see below

Debian's selection of applications for a KDE desktop
This is what is installed on a freshly installed KDE system.
It includes a few non KDE applications: firefox, gimp, orca

KDE (Full release of workspace, applications and framework)

kde-full package

The standard/upstream release

KDE (A common set of packages for a smaller, more flexible KDE environment compared to kde-full)

kde-standard package

Debian's selection of common KDE packages

KDE Plasma Desktop

kde-plasma-desktop package

This is a minimalist Plasma desktop
(You have to install all end-user applications later). Above packages depend on this.

Installing "KDE Plasma Desktop" task

KDE Plasma Desktop task is what is installed by Debian-Installer's Desktop "task". You can choose this by going to "Advanced Options" => "Alternative Desktop Environments" => "KDE" in the installer menu (or by typing install desktop=kde at DebianInstaller CD prompt).

Then, install the kde-desktop task:

Using self-built (parts) of KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma 5, KDE Applications

See Using self-built (parts) of KDE Frameworks 5, Plasma 5, KDE Applications.

The appearance of GTK-applications in Plasma

To get gtk-applications to look native in Plasma you need to install these packages and configure their appearance through System Settings > Application Style > GNOME Application Style (GTK).

For Stretch and newer, the configuration module and the theme packages are recommended by plasma-desktop so they should be installed by default for a new Debian KDE installation.


KDE configuration module for GTK+ 2/3.x style selection

Stretch onwards:


Breeze and Breeze Dark themes for GTK2 and GTK3 applications

Jessie and earlier:


Oxygen widget theme for GTK2+-based applications


Oxygen widget theme for GTK3+-based applications

See also

CategoryDesktopEnvironment | CategorySoftware