How to install test versions of Plasma Next


Add the Neon5 repository:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:neon/kf5-snapshot-weekly
sudo apt-get update

(If you would like more frequent updates, (which also bear the risk of breaking more often!), use "ppa:neon/kf5-snapshot-daily" or "ppa:neon/kf5" for the most frequent updates. To install Project Neon 5, issue the command

sudo apt-get install project-neon5-session project-neon5-utils \

Running Project Neon 5

The LightDM login screen will now offer a Project Neon 5 session. You can also run neon5-env, and start plasma-shell from there. By default, we start an xterm with the environment set up. In order to start plasma, run "plasma-shell", for Konsole, start "konsole". If you want to keep your current session running (which is probably most convenient), you can run

 plasma-shell --windowed

to start Plasma in a window (not as desktop or root window).


openSUSE offers snapshots from git master updated frequently as well. Add the KDE:Unstable:Frameworks repository ( and the Qt53 repository (available at the same link) and install the plasma-next-session package to have a session available at the next login.


`layman -a kde && layman -a qt`, `emerge @kde-next-live` and a daily run of `smart-live-rebuild` which will only update packages that really got new commits.

From Source

Following the instructions here it will automatically build all KDE software that has a KF5 port, most notably the Plasma workspaces, but also development previews of Kate, Konsole and Dolphin.

Afterwards follow the guides for "Runtime setup" and then run "kwin --replace" and "plasmashell".

Live CD

More information at

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