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The KDE Plasma Desktop


These pages talk about the basic KDE Plasma desktop. These applications are common programs usually found in base KDE Plasma 4 or 5 installations. They provide core desktop environment functionality. These KDE base programs allow users to operate, manage and control their desktop and programs easily and flexibly.

The Workspace

The Desktop and Panels

Plasma.png Learn about the basics of the default settings, how to configure the panels and desktop to fit your preferences and how to add new features with downloadable content.


Kwin.png Discover KWin, KDE's reliable and flexible window manager with hardware accelerated effects for added beauty and usability.



The traditional "Run Command" window has become a "power launcher" with not only command launching but also desktop search, a calculator and even online Wiki look ups. Find out how to use this new interface, called "KRunner", to streamline your workflow.

System Settings


The new control center for KDE platforms.

The Applications


System-file-manager.png Discover Dolphin: the default, easy-to-use file manager in the KDE Plasma Desktop.


Konqueror.png A power user's dream file manager, web browser and universal file viewer.


Kate.png A simple but powerful text editor.


Utilities-terminal.png A tabbed terminal emulator allowing the use of several shells or profiles.

The Pillars of a KDE Platform

There are other parts of the KDE platform that work "under the hood" to give you the best desktop experience. You might be interested in knowing about them.

  • Oxygen gives your desktop a refreshing and breath-taking visual appearance. Replaced with Breeze in KDE 5.
  • Phonon brings the magic of sound and video into your desktop.
  • Solid helps make your hardware just work.
  • Nepomuk attaches meaning and order to your files. Replaced with Baloo in KDE 5.
  • Strigi makes sure you never misplace a file again.
  • Breeze is the default KDE 5 theme, which gives your desktop a modern, clean visual experience.

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