How To Install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 17.10

Install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark. For those of you who didn’t know, For those of you who didn’t know, KDE is a well-known desktop environment for Unix-like systems designed for users who wants to have a nice desktop environment for their machines, It is one of the most used desktop 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 environment on an Ubuntu Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark).
  • 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 Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 17.10.

First, you need to add backports PPA to your system provided by the Kubuntu team:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade

After completion of the above commands, finally, install KDE Plasma:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

You will be asked to configure sddm, select OK and then select lightdm as the default display manager as shown in the following figure:

Install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark

Once the KDE installation is done, reboot the system to take effect. On the login screen, select KDE Plasma as a desktop environment and log in to the system. Now your Ubuntu system has the KDE desktop environment.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed KDE Plasma. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the KDE Plasma desktop environment in Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official KDE website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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