KDE installation on Arch Linux


Attention!: Before installing KDE, you must install the Basic Graphic Environment (Xorg) and video driver, if you don't have it installed, go to the following guide:

Installation of Basic Graphic Environment and Video Driver.

-11c KDE installation

-a    KDE:

Install package groups if you only want some modules from the current version of KDE SC. Groups are also useful for users who only want to keep some packages from a group, but are determined to remove the others.

$ sudo pacman -S kde

-a    KDE-Meta:

Use meta-packages if you want to install all the KDE SC, or one or more of its modules as a whole. This ensures a smooth upgrade path by automatically adding new split packages in later versions.

$ sudo pacman -S kde-meta
>more about kde and kde-meta.

-a    Minimal KDE Installation:

If you want a minimal installation of KDE SC:

$ sudo pacman -S kdebasephonon-qt4-gstreamer

-12d Plugin Installation

-a    Spanish Language:

$ sudo pacman -S kde-l10n-en

-a    Support for NetworkManager (applet):

$ sudo pacman -S kdeplasma-applets-plasma-nm

-a    Graphic package manager:

$ sudo pacman -Sapper

-13d Activate login manager

For a better integration with the desktop it is advisable to use the startup manager kdm.


We activate KDM:

$ sudo systemctl enable kdm.service

Finally we restart the equipment.

$ sudo reboot

Once our system is restarted, we can enjoy KDE.

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  1.   ds23ytube said

    These tutorials are greatly appreciated. Everything is simplified a lot. Thank you

    Although I have to admit that I use the AUI installation script from GitHub

  2.   kik1n said

    Sorry, I have an error installing arch with the grub-install command, it throws the flexnet error and prevents me from using the network.

    1.    ds23ytube said

      Test: grub-install –recheck –debug / dev / sdx

      1.    kik1n said

        Sorry, I despaired and installed Mageia 4 and it goes excellent.

  3.   edu said

    Excellent, yesterday I finally deleted the dualboot between Win7 and Lmint, and installed Arch, this tutorial is the one I was just waiting for !!!!!!!!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!

  4.   tabris said

    Why not phonom-gstreamer?

  5.   edu said

    Everything perfect !!! I came home from work and installed it for a little while, I had no problem.
    Now my laptop flies.

    1.    edu said

      Guys, so far the only thing I have not been able to solve is to integrate the gtk appearance in kde, I have installed everything but I can't make it look good. What should I do specifically?

      1.    kik1n said

        What is the problem?
        Install gtk-engine-murrine and you're done.

  6.   g said

    Thank you for leaving your email… if someday I install arch or parabola and some problem arises, suddenly I will write to you.

  7.   facp said

    Thank you very much for the tutorial, I was finally able to install arch in lap.

  8.   Ship said

    It is not possible to visualize the graphical environment, I did not mark an error in any step of the installation, what could this be due to?

    1.    fcevallos said

      Try to start it with the root user.

  9.   exylon said

    Hello, I have followed the installation guide (Arch) step by step and I have not had any problems, I have installed kde as a desktop manager and it works without problems, what seems strange to me is that when I was partitioning I defined a partition for / home and also a "swap". Now when I check the «KsysGuard» it tells me the physical memory I have and additionally tells me that the swap memory is 0.0; The other drawback I see is that it seems that the / home partition had not been mounted, since KDiskFree shows me that there is only one partition which is / (sda3), it does not show me / home. I appreciate the help provided to solve these problems, it is the first time I have installed Arch since I had been with Debian for almost 3 years and I do not want to return to this for the problems expressed.

    1.    Alexander ponce said

      I have sent the answer to your email, greetings.

  10.   Juan Carlos said

    What a past guide, I take off my hat, I'm new to Arch and I followed it to the letter and I have a system that works like silk, the truth is this guide is to give you an Oscar, thank you very much and here you go another follower that 6 months ago I left windows completely in all the PCs and laptops that I have, there is only Linux.

  11.   joakoej said

    Great guide I've already used it a couple of times

  12.   ever said

    I followed the guide and everything but I can't write to the login manager D:

  13.   Gilberto said

    Hello Alejandro! I have followed your totorales to the letter and so far everything is fine, but once restarted ... how do I enter the graphical environment? I tried startx but nothing. Any suggestions? Thank you!

    1.    shinsou said

      To start the graphical environment is after enabling your session manager in my case as I am kdeero

      systemctl enable kdm
      Systemctl start kdm

  14.   Alexis said

    I have some small inconveniences I get an error in the graphical package manager: udo pacman -S apper and the other thing is that I do not know how to start the graphical environment.

  15.   Moises hernandez said

    Hi good day!
    I have followed the guide and everything is luxurious. My concern is. If I want to better install kdebase. What other packages or programs should I consider to install? So that my system is minimalist but complete.

  16.   Eduardo said

    Now that Plasma has changed the KDE4 installation, I would recommend updating this section. Regards.

  17.   lollipop said

    Great! I managed to install KDE ... now I'll see if Virtualbox speeds me up, because I'm emulating it on an Oracle machine on Windows 7 ^^

  18.   I CUDA said

    Thanks for these tutorials, they simplify getting started with arch a lot, however with this I had a little problem, and that is that currently arch uses kde5.

  19.   Omar said

    Very useful the guide, yesterday I installed arch linux and no problem except until the moment of installing desktop. I have been a kde user for many years. I would be very grateful if you could explain the method to install plasma 5. Thank you very much in advance

  20.   plead for me said

    wave. ale placing sudo systemctl enable kdm.service to activate kdm throws me the following error
    failed to enable unit: file kdm.service not found
    they help me?