KDE 5 On Arch Linux

I recently installed Arch Linux on my Macbook Pro due to Ubuntu being too buggy (random crashes and freezes, no kernel panics). I’ve found Arch Linux to be incredibly stable and haven’t had a single problem. Now, since Arch is very similar to my old favorite linux distrobution, gentoo, I’ve found myself faced with the age old problem of what Desktop Environment to use. Looking around at KDE, I noticed that the new version actually looks pretty nice so I decided I’d check it out.

Step 1 – Enabling the KDE-unstable repositories
Make your /etc/pacman.conf look like this for your repositories:

[kde-unstable]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

[testing]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist
 recently installed Arch Linux on my Macbook Pro due to Ubuntu being too buggy (random crashes and freezes, no kernel panics). I've found Arch Linux to be incredibly stable and haven't had a single problem. Now, since Arch is very similar to my old favorite linux distrobution, gentoo, I've found myself faced with the age old problem of what Desktop Environment to use. Looking around at KDE, I noticed that the new version actually looks pretty nice so I decided I'd check it out.

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[core]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

[extra]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

[community-testing]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

[community]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

This will give you the kde-unstable repo and testing repo you need. Next we need to update the repository and upgrade the packages

[brandon@archy ~]$ sudo pacman -Syu

Step 2 – Install packer
Head on over to and download the packer file.

[brandon@archy ~]$ curl -o /usr/bin/packer https://raw.githubusercontent.com/keenerd/packer/master/packer
[brandon@archy ~]$ chmod +x /usr/bin/packer

Step 3 – Install KDE Framework Dependencies

[brandon@archy ~]$ sudo pacman -S kf5 kf5-aids

Step 4 – Install plasma-dekstop
This will take forever so go grab a coffee and read a book or something.

[brandon@archy ~]$ sudo packer -S plasma-desktop --noconfirm --noedit

Step 5 – Logout and log back in to plasma!

I might create another tutorial on how to install Arch on a MBP (9,1) later. It is fairly straight forward and Arch has a lot of documentation so it is fairly easy. Most of the tips in the Ubuntu installation apply to arch as well with a few caveats.

4 thoughts on “KDE 5 On Arch Linux

    1. Arch’s package manager uses pre-compiled binaries. However, the packer utility is a nifty bash script that utilizes the AUR (Arch User Repository) from http://aur.archlinux.org. Packages from the AUR and all subsequent dependencies (to my knowledge) are built from source.

  1. crash sudo packer -S plasma-desktop –noconfirm –noedit
    i used yaourt on arch, but before install repo AUR and install yaourt
    I installed plasma 5 with yaourt , crash packer
    sudo yaourt -S plasma-desktop
    and select
    1
    plasma-desktop
    and when show –quiere editar pkgbuild, select:
    N

  2. Yo, I was wondering if anyone I knew was running KDE5 yet. I thought Plasma was looking real cool. It was available in Portage, well at least the KDE-overlay before my laptop died, good news is I took apart the 4 laptops that broke and made one semi-working one. But it won’t be ready until two parts get here. Had to replace touchpad and one of the mobo ribbons for the power. Anyway, in response to the first comment, there’s always the source to compile yourself. Just go look for ‘kde5 source’.

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