I'm on Kubuntu 11.04 and I want to know what KDE Plasma Desktop version I'm using.

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    I am writing this comment so everyone can benefit (including me, in case I am wrong), no bad intentions towards the OP nor anyone else. Is it a bit misleading to ask for "KDE version"? KDE is a community. KDE Plasma is a desktop environment. KDE has other projects, in addition to their desktop environment. All of them have their own versions. Jul 29, 2017 at 8:40
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    Contrary as to what Muhamed Huseinbasic wrote above ^^^, I think the question is perfectly reasonable and the whole point of askubuntu is for people to get an answer - which people below did give, as opposed to Muhamed Huseinbasic who did not provide a helpful solution. Personally I tend to rely on "kf5-config --version"; but I have found two problems with it. First, it is not that fast compared to other programs; second, it couples information together such as: "Qt: 5.14.0 KDE Frameworks: 5.66.0" <- here I may not need the qt information but I have no information from easily avoiding this.
    – shevy
    Feb 5, 2020 at 15:52
  • @MuhamedHuseinbašić thanks for your very polite and constructive criticism. It is true in a strict sense that your point holds and KDE Plasma Desktop is way more precise and accurate than KDE. But I bring the other fact to your attention which is also true : we are not writing software, official standard or specifications here. As is clearly evident from the responses to the question, everyone perfectly understood the intent with no ambiguity. I will edit the question to make it reflect your point though. It is true, after all ;-) Feb 7, 2020 at 15:17
  • To find out the Plasma version, use KInfoCenter. Feb 18, 2022 at 16:44

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In modern Kubuntu there is an Info Center app which you can find in K menu -> Applications -> System -> Info Center or start from console using kinfocenter. It shows Plasma version, Frameworks version, Qt version and other useful info.

Info Center

A command-line solution for KDE/Plasma 5:

$ plasmashell --version
plasmashell 5.9.4
$ kf5-config --version
Qt: 5.7.1
KDE Frameworks: 5.31.0
kf5-config: 1.0

Previous answer for older KDE versions:

Start any "standard" KDE program, such as Konsole or Kate and select Help - About KDE

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If you want to do the same from the command line, you can invoke any "standard" KDE program with --version (or -v) parameter. The program then will print the version and exit:

# kate --version
Qt: 4.8.6
KDE Development Platform: 4.14.2
Kate: 3.14.2
# konsole --version
Qt: 4.8.6
KDE Development Platform: 4.14.2
Konsole: 2.14.2
# plasma-desktop --version
Qt: 4.8.6
KDE Development Platform: 4.13.3
Plasma Desktop Shell: 4.11.11
  • but how about checking it from terminal? May 4, 2015 at 9:24
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    @MarkoFrelih: I've updated my answer to show how to do that from terminal
    – Sergey
    May 5, 2015 at 4:00
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    with the newer KDE ( 5.4.x and up) they do not show the version in the About KDE anymore for some unknown reason. Upvote for konsole --version.
    – user283885
    Nov 25, 2015 at 10:54
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    Please add to the answer that you probably want to know what plasma version you are running (plasmashell --version) that is probably what you really want to know. Apr 10, 2016 at 13:43
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    @BjörnLindqvist: On my machine About Kate - Version only shows Frameworks and Qt version. Plasma version is not shown. I've updated the answer
    – Sergey
    Jun 17, 2016 at 1:31

On kde5 I have resorted to this in scripts:

dpkg -l | awk -F'[:-]' '/plasma-desktop\s/{print $3}'

Alias for quick lookup for your ~/.bashrc:

alias kdeversion="dpkg -l | awk -F'[:-]' '/plasma-desktop\s/{print \$3}'"

Open any KDE related program, like Dolphin, Kmail or even System Monitor, not a program like Chrome or Firefox. Then click on the Help option in the menu and then click on About KDE. That will tell your your version.

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    That no longer says anything about versions as of Kate 20.12.2. Feb 19, 2021 at 21:47
  • I need to find out the KDE version to find out the right command to restart KDE, such that I do not need to log out and lose my 1000+ windows which I have open. The restart is needed, because KDE stopped working, so everything from Menus to KDE window manager no more work (but the windows itself work if I still can access them with the mouse). For the same reason I cannot access "Help" to find out the KDE-Version, sadly. The only things that I have is a login from my text console from which I can restart KDE without using the graphical screen itself.
    – Tino
    Jul 7, 2021 at 10:33

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