KDE Plasma on Debian

KDE Plasma is the graphical workspace environment that is created by KDE for Linux systems. It is based on the Plasma framework and is open source. This contemporary desktop environment is highly customizable making it users’ top choice. In this guide, we will learn how to install KDE Plasma on a Debian system.

System Requirements

You need to meet the following requirements to apply this tutorial to your system:

  • A Debian 10 or Debian 11 system
  • A sudo user
  • Internet connectivity
  • Free space-5-10 GB on the disk

Installing KDE Plasma on Debian

Follow these steps to install KDE Plasma on your Debian 10 system.

Step 1: Updating the apt package

First, we will update the apt package, and run the following command in the terminal window:

$ sudo apt update

The above-mentioned command will update the required packages of your Debian server.

Step 2: Installing Tasksel

Tasksel is a famous tool used in Linux platforms that installs many interrelated packages. It is an easy-to-use way to install different kinds of packages in the systems. Here, we will be using Tasksel to install KDE Plasma on Debian 10. Open up the terminal window using the Ctl+Alt+T shortcut, then type the following command in the window:

$ apt install aptitude tasksel

Type Y from your keyboard and then press the <enter> key to continue.

Step 3: Installing KDE Plasma

Once done, you need to install the KDE Plasma Desktop using the following command:

$ aptitude install ~t^desktop$ ~t^kde-desktop$

Here, you need to type Y to continue when the system prompts for your confirmation.

A Package configuration window will pop up to inform the user about the display manager. Press the <enter> key to confirm that acts as an <OK> from your keyboard.

You will also be asked for the Default display manager mode, choose one based on your choice.

The process of installation is time taking so make sure that you stay there on the terminal window, in case you exit it then the installation process will halt.

Step 4: Rebooting the system

Let’s now reboot the system to reflect the changes in your system. You can either reboot the system using the GUI or can type the following command in the terminal window:

$ reboot

We are using GUI to reboot the system. Click on the Restart option.

The system will restart in a few seconds.

Step 5: Verifying the installation

On the system restart, you will see that newly KDE Plasma interface will appear quite similar to the one displayed below:

Once, you have accessed the system, let’s verify the installation by checking the installed version in your computer system. Go to the Settings and then access the About System option.

When you click on the System information option, you will see that the KDE Plasma Version is visible in the About System modal. This is a clear indication of the installed KDE Plasma.

This way, users can easily install KDE Plasma on their Debian 10 systems.


In this tutorial, we went through the detailed method of installation of KDE Plasma on the Debian 10 system. The method discussed is easy to follow and once these steps are followed, the Plasma desktop will be available once rebooted. Users can also verify the installation of the KDE setup as shown in this article.

How to Install KDE Plasma Desktop on Debian