KDE Plasma has proven to be the most customizable Linux Desktop Environment in existence. The KDE Community have developed a ton of high-quality applications that fit user’s Desktop needs. The top common Desktop Applications  that come with KDE Plasma include:

  • Dolphin File Manager
  • Kate text editor
  • Konqueror web browser
  • Kget download manager
  • KMail email client
  • Krita creative sketching and painting tool
  • KDE Connect
  • Okular document viewer
  • KMyMoney personal finance tool
  • Kdenlive video editing application
  • Amarok music management application
  • Digikam photo management application

Install KDE Plasma Desktop Environment on your Fedora 34/33/32/31 to start enjoying these applications.

Step 1: Install KDE Plasma on Fedora 34/33/32/31

KDE Plasma installation on Fedora is a straightforward process and doesn’t require an experienced Linux user. Run the following commands on your Desktop as a user with sudo privileges.

sudo dnf -y group install "KDE Plasma Workspaces"

This installation has a huge list of dependencies that need to be installed. Be patient as this could take a while.

Step 2: Switch to KDE Desktop Environment on Fedora at Login

Now that you have installed KDE Plasma on Fedora 34/33/32/31, reboot your system and select KDE desktop environment on the Login screen.

sudo reboot

This should work for Fedora Workstation installations. Click the “settings” icon next to the “Sign In” button.

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For the server editions, you can use the ~/.xinitrc file.

$ echo "exec /usr/bin/startkde" >> ~/.xinitrc
$ startx

Select the Desktop Environment you want to Login to, provide user password and click on “Sign In“.

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See our guide on installing KDE Plasma themes for your Desktop.

Top best KDE Plasma themes and icons

Other Desktop Environments:

How to install Cinnamon Desktop Environment on Fedora

Install Pantheon Desktop Environment on Fedora

Install Deepin Desktop Environment on Fedora

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  1. Hi,

    “my” current system is FC35 (Rawhide) and I’m a startx user… i.e., no ‘*dm” for me.

    I thought I’d give KDE another try but apparently things have changed such that /usr/bin/startkde doesn’t exist any more.

    This URL is a really nice discussion about starting(?) KDE but doesn’t include “my” situation. Can you update this URL or maybe just tell me or point me to where I might find the information I’m looking for please?




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