Tutorials/Install KDE software
Install KDE software
To install KDE software we recommend using the means of your distribution. Here is how you find your distribution's name and version.
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From the GUI
Discover is the KDE Software Center and work with all the distribution supporting AppStream (Ubuntu, Debian, Arch-Linux, OpenSUSE, Red Hat, Fedora, ...). If you want more info about discover, visit the discover page.
openSUSE - YaST
In openSUSE, you have the choice between using discover and YaST software management tool.
You find openSUSE's package management tool in thetab of the start menu. Open that and click on the icon to start the package manager.
Use the search field to find the package that you wish to install; you can search on the package name or the package description, and you only need to enter part of the name. You will then be presented with a list of packages matching your search. Click the selection boxes for the packages to be installed and then click this page for more on package management and openSUSE.. See
From the command line
If you find that using a package manager is unbearably slow, you will want to use command-line installation. This is much faster, but the disadvantage is that you need to know the exact name of the package you want to install. Each system has helpful commands for searching, for instance, so try using the first word of install command below, with --help appended. As an example,
yum --help will list the commands you can use for Fedora, but they are many and can be confusing at first.
Fedora uses dnf so to install KWrite you would open a console and type
dnf install kwrite If you are unsure of the name of a package, you can use dnf list with wildcards to see all the packages with a word as part of the package name — for example
dnf list *network* will list all available packages with "network" as part of the name. Casting even wider,
dnf search mpeg will list all packages that either have mpeg in the name or in the description of the package.
With Gentoo you install software using emerge, e.g. for KWrite you would open a console and type
emerge --ask kwrite (using --ask to get an overview of necessary dependencies and USE flag options before confirming). If you are unsure of the name of a package, you can use emerge --search to see all the packages with a word as part of the package name — e.g.
emerge --search network will list all available packages with "network" as part of the name.
You can use urpmi to install KDE software from a command line. Other useful commands can be found at Wikipedia's Urpmi page
Most KDE software is installed already - you can use dnf to install additional packages. If you know what a package is called, you can use e.g.
dnf --refresh install kwrite. If you don't know the package name, you can use
dnf --refresh search '*kde*' to search (this example lists all packages that have "kde" as part of their name or description).
You can also use
dnfdragora as graphical frontends to package installation.
Arch linux and Manjaro
With Arch linux and arch linux based distribution like Manjaro, you can install software using the pacman utility. For example to install KWrite you will open a console and enter
sudo pacman -S kwrite