Top best KDE plasma themes and icons

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Hello everyone. Let’s take a look at the best KDE Plasma themes and icons that can be installed on the system. Since KDE’s Plasma is one of the most advanced and powerful desktop environments in the Linux world, I want to show you how to install themes and other attractive tools for Plasma DE.

The theme we will install here is the official KDE theme pre-installed on Manjaro. They are Maia and Andromeda KDE themes, Hex Plasma themes, themes available in the AUR Arch Linux repository and Kubuntu’s PPA repository. We will also add color schemes, icons and themes to the Plasma workstation.

The knowledge gained from the installation shown here can be used to install other/other KDE themes for the Plasma desktop as the process will be the same.

Thank you KDE for providing our system with fully customizable functions. Trust me, other desktop environments cannot match KDE’s standards and functions.

Install KDE Plasma on Linux

We will first introduce the installation of the KDE Plasma desktop environment in the major Linux distributions; Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Debian.

Install KDE Plasma on Arch Linux

I don’t want users to run other DEs in the dark. If you want to install Plasma DE on your computer, just open a terminal window and launch the command below:

# pacman -S plasma

The above command will install Plasma5.x by default. If you have Plasma 4, please enter the following to uninstall it first:

# pacman -Rc kdebase-workspace

After installing Plasma 5, it is also recommended to install the sddm display manager for it. Install it using the following command:

# pacman -S sddm
# systemctl enable sddm 
# systemctl start sddm

To install the GUI configuration tool for sddm, type:

# pacman -S sddm-kcm

Then, you can delete or disable the KDM display manager.

# systemctl disable kdm.service

It is enough for now. Later in this tutorial, I will show you how to use sddm to customize the startup screen and enable automatic login.

Install KDE Plasma on Ubuntu and its derivatives (eg Kubuntu)

# add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
# apt-get update 
# apt-get -y install aptitude 
# aptitude -y upgrade 
# apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Install KDE Plasma on Debian

# tasksel install kde-desktop

Install KDE Plasma on OpenSUSE

# zypper -n update
# zypper -n install -t pattern x11 kde kde_plasma

Install KDE Plasma on Fedora 24

# dnf -y group install "KDE Plasma Workspaces"
# echo "exec /usr/bin/startkde" >> ~/.xinitrc
# startx

Install Maia plasma theme

To fully install the Maia Plasma theme, follow these steps:

  1. Install the git client application
# pacman -S git

2. Create a directory to list the cloned themes

# cd ~

#Mkdir plasma theme #cd plasma theme

3. Download the Maia theme

# git clone https://github.com/manjaro/artwork-maia.git
# cd artwork-maia

Check the contents of the directory. It should look similar to the following.

# ls -l
total 28
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1387 Aug 4 01:25 CMakeLists.txt
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 4 01:25 colors
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4096 Aug 4 01:25 icons
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Aug 4 01:25 lookandfeel
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Aug 4 01:25 maia
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 412 Aug 4 01:25 Readme.md
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Aug 4 01:25 wallpapers

4. We copy each folder and file to the correct theme system directory.

# cp colors/Maia.colors /usr/share/color-schemes/
# mkdir /usr/share/icons/maia 
# cp -r icons/* /usr/share/icons/maia 
# mkdir /usr/share/plasma/look-and-feel/org.kde.maia.desktop/ 
# cp -r lookandfeel/* /usr/share/plasma/look-and-feel/org.kde.maia.desktop/ 
# cp -r maia/ /usr/share/plasma/desktoptheme/ 
# cp -r  wallpapers/Maia /usr/share/wallpapers

Install Andromeda Plasma Theme

  1. Download Maia theme
# cd ~/plasma-themes
# git clone https://github.com/manjaro/artwork-andromeda.git
# cd artwork-andromeda
# ls -l  
total 32
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Aug 4 02:02 andromeda
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1421 Aug 4 02:02 CMakeLists.txt
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 4 02:02 colors
drwxr-xr-x 12 root root 4096 Aug 4 02:02 icons
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Aug 4 02:02 lookandfeel
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Aug 4 02:02 octopi_icons
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 328 Aug 4 02:02 Readme.md
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 Aug 4 02:02 wallpapers
# mkdir /usr/share/icons/andromeda
# cp -r icons/* /usr/share/icons/andromeda
# mkdir /usr/share/plasma/look-and-feel/org.kde.andromeda.desktop/
# cp -r lookandfeel/* /usr/share/plasma/look-and-feel/org.kde.andromeda.desktop/
# cp -r andromeda/ /usr/share/plasma/desktoptheme/
# cp -r wallpapers/Andromeda /usr/share/wallpapers/

Install hexadecimal plasma theme

  1. Download Hex Theme by Galcio
# wget http://orig03.deviantart.net/be19/f/2014/100/5/e/hex_by_garthecho-d79x3lg.zip -P ~/plasma-themes
# unzip hex_by_garthecho-d79x3lg.zip
# rm hex_by_garthecho-d79x3lg.zip
# cd Hex-KDESuite/

# ls -l
total 2052
-rw------- 1 root root 2356 Mar 12 2014 Hex.colors
drwxrwxr-x 17 root root 4096 Apr 11 2014 Hex-Plasma
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2063328 Mar 14 2014 Hex.png
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 27322 Mar 14 2014 Hex.qtcurve

Then copy the theme file to the correct location

# cp -r Hex-Plasma/ /usr/share/plasma/desktoptheme
# cp Hex.colors /usr/share/color-schemes/ 
# cp Hex.qtcurve /usr/share/QtCurve

Install icon

Install love icon set

# git clone https://github.com/NitruxSA/luv-icon-theme.git
# cd luv-icon-theme/

# ls -l 
total 44
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 385 Aug 5 20:51 CONTRIBUTORS
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 22701 Aug 5 20:51 CREDITS
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4096 Aug 5 20:51 Lüv
drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Aug 5 20:51 'Lüv Dark'
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 3010 Aug 5 20:51 README.md
drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 Aug 5 20:51 Wallpapers

Copy the file to the relevant directory.

# cp -r Lüv /usr/share/icons
# cp -r Lüv Dark /usr/share/icons 
# cp -r Wallpapers/* /usr/share/wallpapers

Install Vertex-Maia icon set

# git clone https://github.com/manjaro/vertex-maia-icon-themes.git
# cp -r vertex-maia-icon-themes/Vertex-Maia/ /usr/share/icons

Themes available on Kubuntu PPA and Arch Linux AUR repositories.

Appearance theme for Arch users

  1. Arch black

Install with the following run command, run as a non-root user:

$ yaourt -S arc-dark-suite-git
  1. Papyrus
$ yaourt -S papirus-look-and-feel

Themes for Kubuntu 16.04 users:

  1. Papyrus
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-packsudo 
apt-get update sudo apt-get install papirus-pack-kde5
  1. Arch black
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-packsudo 
apt-get update sudo apt install arc-dark-kde5

SDDM themes for Arch Linux users

  1. Papirus SDDM theme
$ yaourt -S yaourt -S papirus-sddm-theme

SDDM themes for Kubuntu 16.04 users

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install papirus-pack-kde5

Color themes for Arch Linux users

  1. Pulp color of plasma
$ yaourt -S papirus-color-scheme
  1. Plasma arc dark
$ yaourt -S arc-dark-suite-git

Color theme for Kubuntu 16.04

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install papirus-pack-kde5

Papirus Plasma Theme for KDE

  1. Arch Linux
yaourt -S papirus-plasma-theme
  1. Kuben Figure 16.04
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install papirus-pack-kde5

KDE’s Papirus icon theme

  1. Arch Linux
yaourt -S papirus-icon-theme-kde
  1. Kubentu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
sudo apt-get update

# Kubuntu 14.04
sudo apt-get install papirus-pack-kde4

# Kubuntu 16.04
sudo apt-get install papirus-pack-kde5

Arc Dark VLC skin

  1. For Arch Linux
$ yaourt -S vlc-arc-dark-git
  1. For Kubuntu 16.04
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/papirus-pack
sudo apt-get update sudo apt install vlc-skin-arc-darks

Change theme and icon

Finally, to change the current theme settings, you need to set other elements. You must select the elements individually under the section shown below:

System Settings>Appearance>Workspace Theme>Appearance


System Settings>Appearance>Workspace Theme>Desktop Theme

KDE Plasma Desktop Theme
System Settings>Appearance>Workspace Theme>Initial Screen

startup screen
System Settings>Appearance>Color

Color scheme
System Settings>Appearance>Icons

Change icon
System Settings>Appearance>Apply Style>Window Decoration

kde-plasma window decoration

Use the added wallpaper

Right-click on the desktop> “Desktop Settings”> “Wallpaper” and select the background image you want to use.

Custom sddm

To customize the sddm display manager, edit the following file

# vim  /etc/sddm.conf

– To allow automatic login, please enter the following username

 User= username

– Set up an automatic login session by editing the “Session” parameter under the “Automatic Login” section:

Session=plasma.desktop

-Set the sddm theme by changing the current parameters under the theme section block.

Current = papirus

in conclusion

We introduced the installation of plasma themes, icons, look and feel, desktop themes and color schemes. If you are using Arch Linux or Kubuntu, you must have noticed that installing themes from PPA and Windows XP is very easy. AUR warehouse.

The above theme set is the best plasma theme I can get. If you know of other beautiful themes that I think should be added to the list, please feel free to comment.

referenceshttp://www.kde.org/https://api.kde-look.orghttps://www.kde-look.orghttps://github.com/NitruxSA/luv-icon-theme
https://github.com/varlesh/Arc-Dark-KDEhttps://github.com/horst3180/arc-theme

You can find more KDE and Plasma themes at:http://nekron29.deviantart.com/favourites/45184096/KDE-Themeshttp://guidoctor.deviantart.com/favourites/49227200/Desktop-Exellence
wallpaper:http://archlinux.deviantart.com/gallery/25194240/Wallpaper

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