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

kdeinit5 --kded
kwin --replace

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.


Gentoo provides beta as well as live ebuilds inside kde overlay, with dependencies in qt overlay. The following assumes you have a basic understanding of Gentoo Portage and already set up layman initially:

layman -a kde && layman -a qt
emerge @kde-next-live --autounmask-write=y

To make the most of it, run

layman -S && smart-live-rebuild

to get the latest packaging changes for qt and kde and update any live packages that got new commits since last time.

See also: Gentoo KDE/Frameworks Packaging Status


Fedora provides 3 COPR repositories, that must be added to yum in order to install Plasma Next. Note that all packages are installed into /usr, so conflicts with KDE 4 packages might occur.

cd /etc/yum.repos.d/
yum install kde5-\*

On 32bit system, replace x86_64 by i386. On rawhide, replace fedora-20 by fedora-rawhide.

If you want to build packages locally, SRPMs are available on and

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

Kubuntu-based Live CD: (More information at

Fedora-based LiveCD: (More information at

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