How to Install and Use Kontact in Ubuntu 20.04

Kontakt is a free, open-source Linux-based Email application that is developed by the KDE project, which can be used on GNOME desktop as well to replace e.g. Thunderbird. It works as a Personal Information Manager (PIM). Kontact has modules to provide email, calendar, contacts, and notes functions. Users can easily handle their emails and other relevant tasks in a way better method by using Kontact. In this article, we will show you how to install Kontact on Ubuntu 20.04 desktop by either using Flatpak or the Ubuntu repository.

Installation of Kontact Email client

There are two methods generally used to install Kontact on Ubuntu 20.04 system. These methods are discussed in the following section:

Installation using Flatpak

Users can easily use Flatpak to install applications without taking into account their library issues.

Before the installation of Kontact, users need to set up Flatpak. Open up the terminal window using the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut. Append the following command in the terminal:

$ sudo apt install flatpak

Install Flatpak

Type Y and then hit the enter key, to proceed with the installation process.

Flatpak installation

To install different applications from Flatpak, run the following command:

$ sudo apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

Install GNOME Flatpak integration plugin

The installation will begin just like the one displayed below, and then type Y and hit enter key to continue with the installation process.

apt install gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

Let’s add Flathub repository to the Ubuntu system. Use the following command:

$ flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

Install flatpak repo

The system will then ask for authentication. Provide the password in the field and then select the Authenticate button.

Authenticate as admin

Now you need to open the Flathub page using the link. Then search Kontact application. You will see the Install button. Click on it.

Install Kontact via Flathub

A modal will pop over. Click on the available Open with button and then select OK.

Open with software installer

Installation of Kontact by using the Ubuntu software repositories

Another method to be used is the Ubuntu repository, which is the primary source to install applications. Use the apt command for the installation. You should also update the apt cache to prevent any issues. Let’s enter the following command:

$ sudo apt-get update

Update packages

Let’s install Kontact using the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install -y kontact

Install kontact

Accessing the Kontact App

The Kontact application can be accessed using the search bar. Type Kontact in the search bar, you will see the application suggestion as displayed below:

Kontact app icon

Users will be asked to provide personalized data. To proceed further, enter the information in the relevant space.

Enter email address details

You will the application window and the side panel of the application has the following available options:

Kontact options

Users can use the above-mentioned shortcuts for accessing each of the modules. You will see the Summary tab that displays the summarized version of your upcoming events, to-do tasks, and special dates. It also has a list of your messages and notes.

Manage Events in Kontakt

Removing Kontact

If you have used Flatpak, you can remove it by running the following command on the terminal.

flatpak remove flathub org.kde.kontact

If you have used the official repository, execute the following command on the terminal.

sudo apt-get remove kontact


In this article, we explored the method to install Kontact in Ubuntu 20.04 system.  Now, they can simply use one common platform for sending emails, checking contacts, messages, and adjust the calendar.