How to Install KDE Connect 1.0 in (K)Ubuntu 16.04

August 30, 2016 — Leave a comment

KDE Connect 1.0

KDE Connect has officially reached the first stable 1.0 release after a year of development. And now it’s made into Kubuntu Backports Landing PPA.

KDE Connect is a project that aims to communicate all your devices. For example, with KDE Connect you can receive your phone notifications on your computer, or just use your phone as a remote control for your desktop.

New features in KDEConnect 1.0:

  • Trigger custom commands from your phone
  • Reply to SMS messages from your desktop
  • Receive desktop notifications on your phone
  • TLS encryption

For more details, read the official announcement.

KDE Connect 1.0

How to install KDE Connect 1.0 in Ubuntu 16.04:

Kubuntu Backports Landing PPA is a test repository for packages that will land in KUbuntu Backports PPA.

1. Don’t install it in Unity Desktop, the required Qt 5.6 library will break Unity Web Apps
2. For a stable system, please wait the packages to be landed in KUbuntu Backports PPA.

1. Open terminal and add the PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports-landing

Kubuntu Backports Landing PPA

2. This build uses the old packaging, you need to remove the old kdeconnect-plasma package before installing the new release:

sudo apt remove kdeconnect-plasma

3. Update and install KDEConnect 1.0:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install kdeconnect

And also install the latest KDE Connect in Android device from Google Play.

Undo / Restore the changes:

To downgrade installed packages and libraries from that repository, run command the purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports-landing

In addition, the maintainer offers a separate PPA with KDEConnect 1.0 packages for Ubuntu 16.10, and Ubuntu 16.04. However, the 16.04 build requires Qt5 core libraries >= 5.6.0.

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