How can I remove ɢɴᴏᴍᴇ and install Plasma

I want to remove Gnome and Install Plasma .

Need Help !!!
Has adding and removal of DEs (Desktop Environments).


Should i delete first one and then install new one ???

First, make sure you have everything backed up, if you mess up, you might need to reinstall the OS (in that case, just select KDE Plasma, and you’ll be done).

Here is step by step guide (I’m writing this without actually doing it, so I might miss a step or write something incomplete). Better to be patient and have someone look at this and confirm it’s all the steps necessary.

You should log out first, and do everything from the TTY.

To switch to the TTY, press Ctrl+Alt+F3. But first log out.

Then you should fully update your system:

sudo pacman -Syu

Then you should figure out which packages belong to ɢɴᴏᴍᴇ and which packages belong to KDE Plasma. You do this with eos-packgelist command, and save the output to some file. Specifically:

eos-packagelist KDE-Desktop | tee kde.txt
eos-packagelist GNOME-Desktop | tee gnome.txt

Each of these commands should list a bunch of packages and save them to files named kde.txt and gnome.txt.

Then you can remove ɢɴᴏᴍᴇ with:

sudo pacman -Rc - < gnome.txt

And install KDE Plasma with:

sudo pacman -S --needed - < kde.txt

Then you need to enable SDDM service

sudo systemctl enable sddm.service

I think that’s it, reboot by typing


And hopefully, if everything went okay, you’ll boot up to KDE Plasma.

Do not ignore any errors on the way.


No, install first.
Of note, however, is that you will probably be better off installing SDDM as your login manager rather than Gnome’s GDM.
I’ve been able to install Plasma successfully from Cinnamon and XFCE, with both of them running. But for that authentic feeling, you could do it Kresimir’s way :wink:

Bro i dk what u guys are talking i m new here and dont know about all these stuffs :sweat_smile:

But while changing the DE will my data gets lost ?

Yeh, I figured, so try it my way; follow the instructions I linked you to. And see how you go.

Not usually, but it’s always valid to run a backup before surgery like this.

Ok bro i m following you… Instruct me

Go to this one, follow the instructions for Plasma.
and follow instructions for removal of Gnome.

Thanks guys lets see what happens :sweat_smile:

It shouldn’t, but have a backup, just in case.

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It’s not (just, lol) about the authentic feeling, but about potential conflicts (and we’re talking about ɢɴᴏᴍᴇ here…). You obviously know how to deal with any issues that arise, but troubleshooting this on an online forum is a mess :rofl:


Hahahaha OK Man i m gonna try first and if some error occurs please i need your help

Be patient, don’t just blindly run the commands. I think I’ve wrote everything in my post above what needs to be done, but it’s possible I missed something.

OK man currently i m doing backup so it may take a little while

and also please tell me some of the best extensions and thems used in plasma

Just try using vanilla Plasma before you go down the rabbit hole of KDE customisation (which is endless). The best theme in my opinion is Breeze Dark, it comes installed with Plasma. Nothing fancy, but fully functional and looks good in my opinion.

I have to go now :eyes:

And I’m not just saying this to get away from spending the entire day troubleshooting your DE switching, as much as I’d love to, but I really have to go… :rofl:

I’m going to a spa, I know, life is tough… :frog:

If something goes wrong (hopefully it won’t), in the worst case, you can reinstall the entire OS. You don’t even need to do any partitioning, as you’ve ready done that. Or you can be patient and wait until more people post here.

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bro i wanna ask where is gnome currently located on drive ??

I just have my impt data on another hardrive so if the gnome is located on my root drive and whiile switching it if it doesn’t affets my another harddrive then its ok for me

ɢɴᴏᴍᴇ is on your root partition, but it won’t be there for long :rofl:

For backup, just copy the files you want to keep on an external drive. External drive is the safest way to back things up. BTW, you should always have a backup, no matter what you do, there is always a chance of data loss.