From Fedora Project Wiki

KDE is a "free software community dedicated to creating an open and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon." (read more at and at

The projects developed by the community include a well-known graphical user environment (desktop view/files, virtual desktops, dashboard-like panel) called Plasma, a set of libraries called Frameworks which extend Qt, and various applications which covers various use cases (file manager, messaging, calendar, address book, web browsing, graphics), all available in the Fedora Linux distribution.

Plasma Desktop

KDE Plasma provides a modern and customizable environment for running your favourite applications and accessing your information wherever it may be. It is available in Fedora as a spin and as an alternative to the default desktop offering (GNOME) or other desktop environments and window managers.


Get the KDE Plasma Desktop spin here. Alternatively, Fedora Kinoite is also available as the atomic equivalent of Fedora KDE.

The KDE spin and Kinoite are the only recommended ways to use KDE Plasma on Fedora.

Otherwise, if you have an existing installation of Fedora Workstation, any other Fedora spin, or a non-Kinoite variant of Fedora Atomic Desktop and wish to keep that installation, follow the instructions below in #Installing KDE Plasma on non-KDE variants of Fedora.

Installing KDE Plasma on non-KDE variants of Fedora

On regular Fedora

To install Plasma using the command line with dnf, execute the following with sudo or as root:

dnf install @kde-desktop-environment

Or to install the full package set with the groupinstall command:

dnf groupinstall "KDE Plasma Workspaces"
On Fedora Atomic

You can rebase any existing Fedora Atomic Desktop (Silverblue, Atomic Sway, etc) installation to Kinoite with rpm-ostree by simply running

rpm-ostree rebase fedora:fedora/VersionNumber/x86_64/kinoite

Replace VersionNumber with the number of the current Fedora release you're running. (For example, if you're on Fedora Silverblue 40, you would run rpm-ostree rebase fedora:fedora/40/x86_64/kinoite.)

Rebasing to Kinoite gives you a complete setup, with SDDM pre-configured and all. All you need to do is simply reboot after rebasing.

Logging into KDE Plasma

After installing the packages, either log out or reboot back to your login screen.

If you're using GDM (GNOME's Display Manager), click on the gear at the bottom right of the screen, and select the option listed as Plasma.

If you're using LightDM (default on the Fedora Cinnamon, Budgie, XFCE, LXDE and MATE-Compiz spins), select the button next to your username and select Plasma.

Switching the display manager to SDDM

You may want to switch your existing display manager (also known as a login manager) to SDDM, recommended by the Plasma team (but not developed by the KDE community). This has little impact on the end-user experience and isn't necessary in order to use Plasma.

To enable SDDM / replace your existing display manager, run the systemctl enable --force sddm.service command.


Fedora KDE users and developers are primarily available on the Fedora KDE Matrix channel and #fedora-kde IRC channel at Libera for real-time conversations. We also have a Fedora KDE mailing list at

Fedora's KDE SIG

The KDE SIG (Special Interest Group) is a group of Fedora contributors that maintain popular KDE packages, take care of KDE-related documentation, artwork and other KDE specific tasks.

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