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KDE Plasma 5 is the fifth and current generation of the desktop environment developed by KDE. Plasma 5 is

the desktop component of KDE, and is the successor to KDE Plasma 4. It was first released on July 15, 2014.



KDE Plasma 5 is built using Qt Frameworks 5 and KDE Frameworks 5. Plasma 5.0 improves support for HiDPI displays and ships a converged graphical shell, able to switch between the shells for different target devices. It includes a new default theme, known as Breeze( Icon Theme Availble for LXDE and other desktops see ).

Windowing Systems

Plasma 5 is developed for use with the X Window System, with support for Wayland under development. Full support for Wayland is expected in the 5.4 release.

Release History

Feature releases are timed at three month intervals, with intervening bug fix releases.

Version Date Features
5.0 July 15, 2014 First Release
5.1 October 15, 2014 Ported features from Plasma 4
5.2 January 27, 2015 New components including SSDM, Kscreen, and KDecoration
5.3 April 28, 2015 Tech preview of Plasma Media Center, improved bluetooth and touchpad support, enhanced power management
5.4 August 25, 2015 Initial Wayland support (Planned)
5.5 December 8, 2015 Updated Breeze Plasma theme, supporting two columns on widgets, new applets
5.6 March 22, 2016 Slicker Plasma theme, supechanged task manager, smoother widgets, weather, shipped Wayland.
5.7 June 14, 2016 Improved Workflows, Better Kiosk Support, New System Tray and Task Manager, Huge Steps Towards Wayland.
5.8 October 4, 2016 Unified Boot to Shutdown Artwork, Right-to-Left Language Support, Improved Applets, Simplified Global Shortcuts, Other improvements, We’re in Wayland!
5.9 January 31, 2017
5.10 May 30, 2017
5.11 October 10, 2017


KDE Plasma 5 is the default desktop environment on Kubuntu since version 15.04

openSUSE Tumbleweed uses version 5.3

External Links

Wikipedia Page

KDE website