I recently switched to ubuntu 14.04 and installed KDE plasma-desktop environment using this command :

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop

...And now , after using it for few minutes ,i want to delete it.I have tried to remove it through this command:

sudo apt-get remove plasma-desktop

but it still appears in the login options.....``

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    plasma-desktop is a metapackage: one that just points to others to install. I believe the way to remove KDE is to run sudo apt-get purge plasma-*, but please be careful and make sure the remove list mainly has packages that involve KDE. Jan 31, 2016 at 14:24

2 Answers 2


this worked for me

sudo apt-get remove plasma-desktop kubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo apt-get remove dolphin
  • Note that even after autoremove, there will still be some applications left over from KDE Plasma. For example, you might find that Konsole is still installed.
    – Flimm
    Nov 15, 2020 at 7:48
  • Thank you for this answer. I was having audio issues with KDE where the Audio settings were not showing up. Installing kubuntu-desktop installed the required missing packages and now my sound is back. I was actually about to remove it
    – chx101
    Jan 22, 2022 at 17:31

First, check what is going to be removed

sudo dpkg -l | grep .kde.

If you are ok with it, run this command

sudo apt autoremove --purge kde*

Command explanation

# dpkg -l       lists all installed packages
# grep .kde.    filters, so that only packages with keyword kde within their names, listed
# purge         removes mentioned package
# autoremove    tries to remove dependency packages

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