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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.

When you see mono-spaced text on a yellow background like this that is something that you need to type in, exactly as it appears there.

Using Package Managers


You find openSUSE's package management tool in the Computer tab of the start menu. Open that and click on the Software management icon to start the package manager.

Searching for Kate; libkate1 is already installed, kate has been marked for installation.

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 to be installed and then click Accept. See this page for more on package management and openSUSE.

Alternatively, you can use KPackageKit for installing software in openSUSE.



yumex will start the graphical package manager. When you start it, the first thing it will do is check to see whether you need any updates. Usually it is best to accept all the updates. If you click on Groups above the file list you will see it re-ordered, showing how a group of packages can be installed by a single click. Look for the cursor in the left panel, touching the arrow:


Clicking on the arrow-head rotates it,listing the package options for that group. This is where you can install the base KDE if it wasn't installed originally.

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.


With openSUSE you install software using zypper for example to install KWrite you will open a console and enter zypper in kwrite. In older installations of openSUSE, yast was used like this: yast -i kwrite. You can still use yast if you prefer.


With Ubuntu Linux you install software using apt-get. For example to install KWrite you will open a console and enter sudo apt-get install kwrite


Fedora uses yum so to install KWrite you would open a console and type yum install kwrite

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