How to Install The Latest KDE Plasma 5.17.4 in KUbuntu 19.10

KDE Plasma 5.8

The KDE Plasma desktop 5.17.4 was released a few days ago. It’s easy to install it in (K)Ubuntu 19.10 via the backports PPA.

Plasma 5.17.4 contains mainly bug-fixes, including:

  • Discover: Fwupd, don’t whine when we have unsupported hardware.
  • Unbreak build with Qt 5.14.
  • Fix Cuttlefish mouse click selection in icon grid.
  • See HERE for more details.

How to Install Plasma 5.17.4 in KUbuntu 19.10:

Kubuntu backports PPA is trusty and contains well tested Plasma, Applications, as well as major KDE apps.

  • 1. Open terminal from the application launcher or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When terminal opens, run command:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

    Type user password when it asks, no asterisk feedback, and hit Enter to continue adding the PPA.


  • 2. After adding the PPA, run command to upgrade your KUbuntu desktop to get the latest packages:
    sudo apt update && sudo apt full-upgrade

For non-KUbuntu users who want to install the KDE Plasma desktop, run command:

sudo apt install kubuntu-desktop

Note the command will install full Kubuntu desktop which may changes the login screen, startup splash, etc. Take a screenshot of the installed packages in terminal in case you want to restore your desktop.


For any reason you can downgrade to Plasma 5.16.5 by purging the PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

To only disable or remove the PPA, go to Software & Updates > Other Software.


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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.


  1. Amazing, thanks a million!

  2. How can I update my KDE plasma 5.12.9 to latest version in Kubuntu 18.04?

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