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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 SC 4 or Plasma 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

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.


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


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


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


A simple but powerful text editor.


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.

  • Breeze is the default Plasma 5 theme, which gives your desktop a modern, clean visual experience.
  • Phonon brings the magic of sound and video into your desktop.
  • Solid helps make your hardware just work.
  • Baloo attaches meaning and order to your files.