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Awesome KDE

A curated list of awesome apps, extensions, modules, themes and tools for the KDE Desktop Environment.

KDE is a free software community dedicated to creating an open and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment and a platform to easily build new applications upon.

Items marked with πŸ“Œ (pushpin) are projects hosted on KDE's own infrastructure and developed by the KDE community.



Tip: An overview of the most used KDE community apps are listed on the official website.

Internet & Networking​

  • Akregator - Enables you to follow news sites, blogs and other RSS/Atom-enabled websites πŸ“Œ.
  • Falkon - QtWebEngine based cross-platform web browser πŸ“Œ.
  • Firefox KDE - Standalone web browser from with OpenSUSE patch, integrate better with KDE.
  • GSConnect - A complete implementation of KDE Connect especially for GNOME Shell with Nautilus, Chrome and Firefox integration.
  • KDE Connect - A project to communicate across all your devices: receive your phone notifications on your desktop computer, control your desktop from your phone, etc πŸ“Œ.
  • KGet - A versatile and user-friendly download manager πŸ“Œ.
  • KMail - KMail is the email component of Kontact, the integrated personal information manager from KDE πŸ“Œ.
  • KNetworkManager - A KDE client for the back end NetworkManager software πŸ“Œ.
  • Konqueror - Uses the KHTML rendering engine (and optionally Webkit) so it supports the latest web standards such as HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, and others πŸ“Œ.
  • Konversation - A user-friendly Internet Relay Chat (IRC) client built on the KDE Platform πŸ“Œ.
  • KRDC - A client application that allows you to view or control a desktop session on another machine that is running a compatible server (VNC & RDP) πŸ“Œ.
  • KTorrent - A BitTorrent application which allows you to download files using the BitTorrent protocol πŸ“Œ.
  • Otter Browser - Otter Browser aims to recreate the best aspects of the classic Opera (12.x) UI using Qt5.
  • Plasma-browser-integration - A suite of new features which make Firefox, Chrome and Chromium-based browsers work with your desktop πŸ“Œ.
  • qBittorrent - An advanced BitTorrent client programmed in C++, based on Qt toolkit and libtorrent-rasterbar.
  • Qt WebBrowser - Qt WebBrowser is a browser for embedded devices developed using the capabilities of Qt and Qt WebEngine.
  • Smb4K - Advanced Network Neighborhood Browser and Samba Share Mounting Utility πŸ“Œ.

Graphics & Imaging​

  • digiKam - Professional Photo Management with the Power of Open Source πŸ“Œ.
  • Gwenview - A fast and easy to use image viewer by KDE πŸ“Œ.
  • KColorChooser - A simple application to select the color from the screen or from a pallete πŸ“Œ.
  • KolourPaint - A simple painting program to quickly create raster images. It is useful as a touch-up tool and simple image editing tasks πŸ“Œ.
  • Krita - Painting tool designed for concept artists, illustrators, matte and texture artists, and the VFX industry πŸ“Œ.
  • Okular - A universal document viewer πŸ“Œ.
  • Spectacle - An application for capturing desktop screenshots πŸ“Œ.


  • Amarok - Amarok is a powerful music player for Linux, Unix and Windows with an intuitive interface πŸ“Œ.
  • Elisa - A music player developed by the KDE community that strives to be simple and nice to use πŸ“Œ.
  • Haruna - Open source video player built with Qt/QML and libmpv πŸ“Œ.
  • Kdenlive - A non-linear video editor for Linux using the MLT video framework.
  • KMix - A sound channel mixer and volume control πŸ“Œ.
  • KWave - A sound editor built on the KDE Frameworks 5 πŸ“Œ.
  • SMPlayer - Media player with built-in codecs that can play virtually all video and audio formats.
  • VLC - A free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files, and various streaming protocols.

Office & Productivity​

  • Calligra - Includes efficient and capable office components πŸ“Œ.
  • Kate - A multi-document, multi-view text editor by KDE πŸ“Œ.
  • Kronometer A stopwatch application for KDE πŸ“Œ.
  • KWrite - A text editor by KDE, based on the KDE Frameworks editor component πŸ“Œ.
  • RSI Break - RSIBreak can be used to remind you to take a break now and then πŸ“Œ.

System Administration​

  • Discover - Intended for users and distros where the terminal isn't the optimal solution for installation of apps and add-ons or updates πŸ“Œ.
  • Dolphin - File manager included in the KDE desktop πŸ“Œ.
  • KDiskFree - Displays the available file devices (hard drive partitions, drives, etc.) along with information on their capacity, free space, type and mount point πŸ“Œ.
  • KInfoCenter - A utility that provides detailed information about a computer system πŸ“Œ.
  • Konsole - Terminal emulator included in the KDE desktop πŸ“Œ.
  • Krusader - An advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE πŸ“Œ.
  • KSystemLog - A system log viewer tool πŸ“Œ.
  • Kup - A backup scheduler for KDE's Plasma desktop πŸ“Œ.
  • Sweeper - Sweeper helps to clean unwanted traces the user leaves on the system and to regain disk space removing unused temporary files πŸ“Œ.
  • Yakuake - A drop-down terminal emulator based on KDE's Konsole technology πŸ“Œ.

Utilities & Tools​

  • Android File Transfer - Reliable MTP client with minimalistic UI.
  • Ark - Archiving Tool πŸ“Œ.
  • fancontrol-gui - GUI for fancontrol which is part of lm_sensors.
  • KDE Wallet Manager - Manage the passwords on KDE systems. The KDE wallet subsystem allows access and password management of every application that integrates with the KDE wallet πŸ“Œ.
  • KeePassXC - Cross-platform community-driven port of Keepass password manager.
  • KFind - A standalone search tool, launched by KRunner or from your menu. It is also integrated into Konqueror as "Find File" in the "Tools" menu πŸ“Œ.
  • KRename - A utility to rename multiple files πŸ“Œ.
  • KWin-lowlatency - An attempt to reduce latency and stuttering in the popular KWin compositor used in KDE.
  • KWinFT - Wayland compositor and X11 window manager.
  • QtPass - A multi-platform GUI for pass.
  • Wacom GUI - Python/PyQt Wacom GUI for KDE.
  • Yin-Yang - Auto Night-mode for Linux.

Development & Programming​

  • KDevelop - A cross-platform IDE for C, C++, Python, QML/JavaScript and PHP πŸ“Œ.
  • Kompare - A diff/patch frontend πŸ“Œ.
  • Okteta - Hex Editor πŸ“Œ.
  • Qt Designer - Qt tool for designing and building graphical user interfaces (GUIs) with Qt Widgets.
  • Umbrello - UML Modeller is a Unified Modelling Language (UML) diagram program based on KDE Technology πŸ“Œ.


  • KTurtle - An educational programming environment that aims to make learning how to program as easy as possible πŸ“Œ.
  • LabPlot - Interactive graphing and analysis of scientific data πŸ“Œ.


Note: Customizations quickly become outdated, it is recommended to look in the KDE Store or use Discover instead.

Plasma desktop​


  • Bismuth - A KDE Plasma extension that lets you tile windows automatically and manage them via keyboard, just like in classical tiling window managers (i3, dwm or XMondad).
  • Dynamic Wallpaper Engine - A wallpaper plugin that continuously updates the desktop background based on the current time in your location.
  • Hoppla - KDE Plasma desktop widget to control Philips Hue lights.
  • Kvantum - An SVG-based theme engine for Qt4/Qt5, KDE and LXQt, with an emphasis on elegance, usability and practicality.
  • Latte-Dock - Latte is a dock based on Plasma frameworks that provides an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and plasmoids πŸ“Œ.
  • Places Widget - Plasma 5 widget that gives access to user places.
  • Window AppMenu Applet - Plasma 5 applet in order to show the window appmenu.
  • Window Title Applet - Plasma 5 applet that shows the current window title and icon in your panels.

KCM Modules and Systems​

  • kcm-wacomtablet - KDE GUI for the Wacom Linux Drivers πŸ“Œ.
  • kde-gtk-config - GTK2 and GTK3 Configurator for KDE πŸ“Œ.
  • kded_rotation - A small, hacky KDED module for handling automatic screen rotation on tablets and hybrid laptops.


  • Adapta KDE - A port of the popular GTK theme Adapta for Plasma 5 desktop with a few additions and extras.
  • Arc KDE - A port of the popular GTK theme Arc for Plasma 5 desktop with a few additions and extras.
  • Breath - Breath Theme for Manjaro Linux (Plasma 5).
  • Canta - A flat design theme for KDE Plasma desktop.
  • ChromeOS - A materia Design theme for KDE Plasma desktop.
  • Darkine KDE - Theme for KDE Plasma 5 desktop, SDDM and more.
  • Fluent - A Microsoft inspired fluent Design theme for the KDE Plasma desktop.
  • Helium - A translucent theme for Plasma 5.
  • Hello - A compilation of various color-schemes, themes, icons and more for the KDE Plasma desktop. It is unopinionated, putting you in charge.
  • Layan - A flat design theme for KDE Plasma desktop.
  • Materia KDE - A port of the popular GTK theme Materia for Plasma 5 desktop with a few additions and extras.
  • McMojave - A MacOSX Mojave like theme for KDE Plasma desktop.
  • Orchis - A materia Design theme for KDE Plasma desktop.
  • Qogir - A flat design theme for KDE Plasma desktop.
  • WhiteSur - A MacOS Big Sur theme for KDE Plasma.

Qt and GTK+ Applications Appearance​

  • Akava-Kv - User oriented Kvantum theme for KDE.
  • breeze-gtk - A GTK Theme Built to Match KDE's Breeze πŸ“Œ.
  • Breeze10 - A Windows 10 style windows decoration for KDE Plasma.
  • BreezeBlurred - A fork of KDE Breeze window decoration written in Qt C++.
  • BreezeEnhanced - A fork of KDE Breeze decoration with additional options.
  • Chrome-KDE5BreezeDark - A theme for Chrome on KDE5 when using the Breeze Dark window decoration.
  • KDE-Rounded-Corners - Rounds the corners of your windows.
  • SierraBreeze - OSX-like window decoration for KDE Plasma written in C++.
  • Sweet KDE - A dark and modern theme for KDE plasma.
  • XBoomer - XP Window Decorations for KDE Plasma.


  • Antu - A smooth icon theme designed for Plasma Desktop.
  • Candy - Sweet gradient icons.
  • Flatery - Icon theme for Linux in flat style.
  • La Capitaine - Icon pack with inspiration taken from the latest iterations of macOS and Google's Material Design.
  • Papirus - Material icon theme, initially based on Paper.
  • Tela - A flat colorful Design icon theme.
  • Zafiro - Minimalist icons created with the flat-desing technique, utilizing washed out colors and always accompanied by white. The priority is simplicity.


  • Bibata - Material Based Cursor Theme.
  • Capitaine - An x-cursor theme inspired by macOS and based on KDE Breeze.


Display Manager​

  • Chili - The hottest login theme around for KDE Plasma 5.
  • Delicious - A delicious SDDM theme for DE collectors/addicts.
  • Sugar Candy - The sweetest login theme available for the SDDM display manager.

Documentation and Resources​

  • KDE Wikis - The KDE wikis are a source of information and documentation for the KDE desktop, applications, teams, events and more πŸ“Œ.
  • KDE Invent - Discover KDE projects, groups and snippets πŸ“Œ.
  • KDE Bugtracker - KDE's official Bugtracker πŸ“Œ.
  • ArchWiki - Arch Linux KDE Wiki.
  • Gentoo Wiki - Gentoo KDE Wiki.
  • KDE Configs - List of KDE configuration files and more.



  • Kreddit - KDE Community on Reddit.
  • KDE Store - Official KDE Store for developers to share Plasma customizations πŸ“Œ.
  • Stack Overflow - Questions tagged with kde.


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