How To Install And Test KDE Frameworks 5 And Plasma Next On Arch Linux

Edit: Due to the fact that this article is old, the installation instructions may not work anymore. In order to successfully install the latest version of KDE Plasma, please access the KDE tag and open the latest article (the one on top).

The latest installation instructions for KDE Plasma

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the beta version of the KDE Frameworks 5 is already available for testing, being added to the repositories, for an easier usage.

The KDE Frameworks 5 packages are packed in two groups: kf5 and kf5-aids and they can live side-by-side with the KDE 4 libraries. Also, the Plasma Next packages will be soon added to the kde repos soon.

  • If you want to test KDE 5 on Fedora 20 or Fedora 21, follow the instructions in this article.

How To Install And Test KDE Frameworks 5 And Plasma Next On Arch Linux

The Arch Linux users can install and test the KDE Frameworks 5 and KDE Plasma Next on their systems easily. All they have to do is to install the kf5 and the kft-aids packages:

$ sudo pacman -S kf5 kf5-aids

Next, to use Oxygen Plasma and Kwin, do:

$ sudo pacman -S kwin oxygen
$ export KF5=/opt/kf5
$ export QML2_IMPORT_PATH=$KF5/lib/qt/qml:/usr/lib/qt/qml
$ export QT_PLUGIN_PATH=$KF5/lib/qt/plugins:/usr/lib/qt/plugins
$ export XDG_CONFIG_DIRS=$KF5/etc/xdg:/etc/xdg
$ export PATH=$KF5/bin:$PATH
$ kwin --replace

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2 comments on “How To Install And Test KDE Frameworks 5 And Plasma Next On Arch Linux
  1. strider says:

    You forgot to mention that the kde-unstable repository has to be enabled (via pacman.conf) in order to be able to install kwin and oxygen.

    I tried your commands from Konsole within KDE 4.13. Kwin crashes …

  2. t0ken407 says:

    This worked well for me, thanks.

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