Plasma/Installing Plasmoids

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Installing Plasma Widgets

Found a new widget, but don't know how to install it? Here's how!


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Installing from

Select Add Widgets... from desktop menu.

Select Get New Widgets -> Download New Plasma Widgets from Widget Explorer.

Search for the required widget and press Install.

Drag the installed widget to the desktop or a panel as usual.

Installing from local file

Select Add Widgets... from desktop menu.

Select Get New Widgets -> Install Widget From Local File... from Widget Explorer.

Select the widget type to install.

Select a local file and press Finish.

Installing from Konsole

To install a Plasma widget from Konsole type:

plasmapkg -u widget-file-name.plasmoid


I can't install plasmoids in Plasma Workspaces 4.5.1

This is caused by a bug in kdelibs 4.5.1 (bug 251192) which prevents the installer from extracting plasmoid files. The workaround is to extract the file manually and install it from Konsole or another terminal.

  • Download the plasmoid
  • Open the file (*.plasmoid) with Ark and extract it to a directory
  • Open Konsole and navigate to the directory from the previous step
cd /path/to/directory
  • Install the plasmoid with the command (where directory-name is the name of the extracted directory)
plasmapkg -i directory-name


You can navigate to the directory in Dolphin and press F4 to open an embedded terminal.