Discover – Easily Install Software on KDE Neon Desktop

Discover Install Software on KDE Neon
Written by Martins D. Okoi

KDE Discover is an Open Source GUI app installer that comes packaged with KDE Neon. It was particularly built from the ground up to be compatible with other modern Linux distros with emphasis on beauty and convenience.

KDE Discover was also designed to allow for an intuitive User Experience as it features a clean and clear layout with a high readability value which makes it easy to browse, search for, install, and uninstall applications.

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As the name suggests, KDE Discover is an excellent platform for finding new applications – something that you cannot do using a CLI-based app. And if you could my bet will be that it is far from convenient. Apps are organized into categories and there is an option to display all installed applications in alphabetical order, among other customizations.

KDE Discover

KDE Discover

Browsing & Searching for Apps

You will be welcomed with a list of applications (typically ordered according to their ratings) as soon as your open Discover. You can scroll through the listed apps to see if you’ll come across any suggestions that are worth you trying.

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The search field is in focus by default so all you have to do to start searching for any app is to start typing its name. Mind you, Discover searches for apps within the currently active category so make sure you have the right category selected. Whenever the search field is out of focus typing will have no effect.

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If you aren’t sure of which category the app you want to search for falls into then select “Applications“, “Plasma Add-ons“, or “Application Add-ons” on the left-hand side of the app window. Applications contain complete apps; Plasma Add-ons contain Plasma widgets and extensions; Application Add-ons contain app extensions and code snippets.

Search Apps in KDE Discover

Search Apps in KDE Discover

Installing & Uninstalling Apps

When you find the application you want to install you can either click to see its details or click the install button to get the app right away. Whether you install the app right away or install it after reviewing its details, the process is easy enough.

Install Software Using KDE Discover

Install Software Using KDE Discover

Uninstalling is just as easy. Navigate to your list of installed applications and click the uninstall button of the app you want to remove. Enter your password to authenticate the action and you’re done.

Remove Software in KDE Discover

Remove Software in KDE Discover

My guess is you’re not new to using GUI app installers. They aren’t necessarily replacements for CLI-based package managers but they sure do make searching for and installing applications less technical.

Have you got any tips or suggestions that you want to add? The comments section is below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.