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

  • 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. – Muhamed Huseinbašić Jul 29 '17 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 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 ;-) – Ashkan Kh. Nazary Feb 7 at 15:17
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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
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  • but how about checking it from terminal? – KernelPanic May 4 '15 at 9:24
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    @MarkoFrelih: I've updated my answer to show how to do that from terminal – Sergey May 5 '15 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 '15 at 10:54
  • 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. – Joshua Robison Apr 10 '16 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 '16 at 1:31
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On kde5 I have resorted to this in scripts:

dpkg -l | grep plasma-desktop\ | awk '{print $3}' | cut -d':' -f2 | cut -d'-' -f1

Or, shorten version of command:

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