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Use Plasma to surf the web; keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family; manage your files, enjoy music and videos; and get creative and productive at work. Do it all in a beautiful environment that adapts to your needs, and with the safety, privacy-protection and peace of mind that the best Free Open Source Software has to offer.

About Plasma 6.1

Latest Release: Plasma 6.1

Plasma 6.1 brings improvements and powerful new features to every part of your desktop

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Simple by default

Plasma is designed to be easy to use.

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Screenshot Plasma with the launcher open
The Plasma Launcher lets you quickly and easily launch applications, but it can do much more -- convenient tasks like bookmarking applications, searching for documents as you type, or navigating to common places help you get straight to the point. With a history of recently started programs and opened files, you can return to where you left off. It even remembers previously entered search terms so you don't have to.
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Screenshot Plasma with the system tray open
Connect to your Wi-Fi network; change the volume; switch to the next song or pause a video; access an external device; change the screen layout. All these and a lot more--directly from the system tray. To conserve the focus on what you're currently doing, any icon can be hidden if you like. Inactive icons hide themselves unless you tell them to stay where they are.
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Screenshot Plasma with a notification
See active tasks and recent actions; read new e-mails; quickly reply to messages; see track changes or low battery notice; check for updates; interact with recently moved files or screenshots. Or enter "Do Not Disturb" mode to concentrate on your work.
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Discover lets you manage the applications installed in your computer. Updating, removing or installing an application is only one click away. Supports Flatpak, Snaps and the applications available in your Linux distribution.

Powerful when needed

Plasma is made to stay out of the way as it helps you get things done. But under its light and intuitive surface, it's a powerhouse. So you're free to choose ways of usage right as you need them and when you need them.

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Screenshot Plasma with KRunner
KRunner is the launcher built into the Plasma desktop. While its basic function is to launch programs from a sort of mini-command-line, its functionality can be extended by "runners" to assist the user to accomplish a lot of tasks. From opening folders and files to calculations and currency conversions or even controlling your music player application - there are so many things right at your fingertips.
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Screenshot: Plasma system settings
Your Plasma desktop is very flexible and can be configured just how you like it using the System Settings app. Easily manage hardware, software, and workspaces all in one place: Keyboard, Printer, Languages, Desktop Themes, Fonts, Networks...
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Screenshot of Kdenlive in Plasma
Krita is an application used by many artists that gives to everyone the opportunity to draw concept art, textures, matte paintings, illustrations and comics. Kdenlive is a professional tool that enables everyone to do non-linear video editing. DigiKam is an advanced open-source digital photo management application that provides a comprehensive set of tools for importing, managing, editing, and sharing photos and raw files.


With Plasma the user is king. Not happy with the color scheme? Change it! Want to have your panel on the left edge of the screen? Move it! Don't like the font? Use a different one! Download custom widgets in one click and add them to your desktop or panel.

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Plasma and Kontact with dark theme enabled
Give your eyes some rest by switching Plasma and its applications to a built-in dark theme.
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Screenshot of Plasma widgets
Add widgets to your desktop or panels; move, rotate or resize them; download custom widgets made by the community in one click.
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Screenshot of Plasma panel
Take complete control over your panels by moving and resizing them, adding new ones, changing the position of widgets within a panel or even adding new widgets to them.
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Screenshot of Plasma with Latte Dock
KDE has a vast community of people who create application themes, color schemes, widgets, and extensions -- all for free! You can browse their creations in the KDE Store or download them directly from the relevant page in System Settings.

KDE Connect

Send your vacation pictures; see what music is currently playing on your computer; move your mouse cursor during a presentation; poweroff your computer remotely before going to bed. All these from your Android device.

KDE Connect menu
Plasma desktop showing a music player open
See what's playing on your computer, be it music, videos or YouTube; Pause, play or skip to the next track all from your phone.

Share files from your Android device by simply tapping on the share button and selecting KDE Connect.
KDE Connect menu
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Synchronize notification across your devices and quickly answer to messages from your computer.
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