How To Install KDE Plasma on CentOS 8

Install KDE Plasma on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install KDE Plasma on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, KDE is a well-known Desktop environment for the Unix-like techniques designed for users who wants to have a nice machine environment for their machines, It is probably the so much used computing device interfaces out there.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the KDE Plasma Desktop on CentOS 8.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install KDE Plasma on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf update
sudo dnf config-manager --set-enabled PowerTools

Step 2. Installing KDE Plasma on CentOS 8.

Run a command that will enable the Power Tools on CentOS along with the installation of Plasma 5 Desktop with base X:

sudo dnf groupinstall "KDE Plasma Workspaces" "base-x"

Once everything is installed, you’ll need to make a quick change to your system before you can boot into your KDE Plasma desktop:

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

It would be great if you set your default server system boot in CLI to GUI. Therefore every time you boot into GUI only. To enable boot GUI to run the following command:

systemctl set-default graphical.target
ll /etc/systemd/system/default.target
systemctl enable sddm

Congratulations! You have successfully installed KDE Plasma. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the KDE Plasma Desktop Environment on CentOS 8 systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official KDE Plasma website.

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