Starting KDE

KDE Startup Dependencies


D-Bus (runtime)

After Kde-workspace has been installed, the first important milestone has been reached. Now you need to configure your system to start KDE.

Starting KDE from the command prompt

To start KDE from the command prompt, you first need to modify your .xinitrc file:

cat > ~/.xinitrc << EOF
# Begin .xinitrc

exec dbus-launch --exit-with-session startkde

# End .xinitrc

You can now start KDE using the startx command.

Starting KDE at boot

KDE comes with a graphical login interface called KDM (the KDE Display Manager), which provides a customizable graphical login at boot. To use KDM, you need to create and enable a systemd unit by running the following commands as the root user:

cat > /lib/systemd/system/kdm.service << EOF &&
Description=K Display Manager

ExecStart=$KDE_PREFIX/bin/kdm -nodaemon

systemctl enable kdm

You can now restart your system and see the KDE login screen.

Installing further languages (l10n)

You may want to install support for your locale language. The l10n packages can be found at See Further KDE packages for build instructions. If you are in a KDE session when installing a new language and configure KDE to use it, the session needs to be restarted, in order to see the effects.

Installing further KDE packages

Every subsequent package can be built while having KDE up and running, but remember to keep $KDE_PREFIX set.

Last updated on 2014-10-28 21:29:21 +0100