KDE Plasma is a desktop environment built by KDE, it is one of the most popular Desktop environments that you can use on Linux. KDE Plasma uses X11 and Wayland, and it is highly customizable Desktop environment.
There are two methods to download and install KDE Plasma desktop environment on Debian 12 "Bookworm".
In this tutorial, you will learn how to install KDE Plasma on Debian 12 using tasksel and via terminal.
Install KDE Plasma via Terminal
To install KDE Plasma on Debian 12 using terminal, is a quite simple process to do. KDE Plasma can be found on Debian 12 repositories, so you can download and install KDE plasma desktop environment on Debian 12 using the terminal only.
Before installing KDE Plasma, you need to make sure that the package database of your Debian 12 installation is up to date. To do this, run the update command
sudo apt update
Next, proceed to install KDE Plasma desktop environment
sudo apt install kde-plasma-desktop
Install KDE Plasma via Tasksel
Tasksel is a command line app which has a very simple UI that you can use to install KDE Plasma on your machine.
The difference between using tasksel and terminal to install KDE Plasma, is that with tasksel you need only to choose which Desktop environment you want to install, this means you don't need to enter any additional command on terminal.
When using terminal to install KDE Plasma, you need to know the right package name that you need to install, for example KDE Plasma's package name is
kde-plasma-desktop. Tasksel is useful when you are unsure of the package that you want to install.
So, to install KDE Plasma via Tasksel, first Launch Tasksel
Next, choose "KDE Plasma" and press enter
And you should see the installation window, this means KDE Plasma is being installed on your system.
Use KDE Plasma on Debian 12
Now that KDE Plasma is installed on your machine, you need to logout from your current session, and use KDE Plasma. To do this, on the login screen, click to the gear icon located at top right, and then select "Plasma (wayland)".
Next, login with your credentials, and enjoy KDE Plasma!
In this tutorial, you learned how to install KDE Plasma desktop environment on Debian 12 "Bookworm".