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What is a PLASMOID file?
A PLASMOID file contains a widget used by Plasma, an open source desktop environment for various Linux distributions. It is used to distribute a small program, such as a customized clock, calendar, weather report, or email organizer.
You will most likely only encounter PLASMOID files if you use Plasma and are manually installing a widget. Plasma is available with the K Desktop Environment (KDE) and included on various Linux distributions, such as Kubuntu, KDE neon, or openSUSE.
There are several ways to install a widget in Plasma, including from KDE-Look.org, from the Konsole terminal emulator, or from a local PLASMOID file. To install a PLASMOID widget file using Konsole, type the following command:
plasmapkg -u [widget file name].plasmoid
You can also import a PLASMOID widget file by following these instructions:
- Select Add Widgets... from the desktop menu
- Click Get New Widgets → Install Widget From Local File....
- Choose the "Plasmoid" type of widget and click Next.
- Select the PLASMOID file and click Finish.