6 Amazing KDE Utilities that we love

These are our 6 favorite KDE Utilities for getting stuff done.

by Pete
Published: Updated: 8 minutes read

This collection of software programs is packed with all the tools you need to streamline your workflow and make your digital life a breeze. From file managers and terminal emulators to text editors and calculators, these utilities have got you covered. And the best part? They’re all designed to work seamlessly with the KDE desktop environment, so you can stay in the zone and get sh*t done.

Also, if you’re a Windows user wanting to get familiar with tools available under Linux that are similar to that under Windows, you might find some of these interesting, as well. Like I mentioned in 3 Amazing KDE Applications for the internet, these are applications that I actually use on a day to day basis (Ok, maybe not KFloppy, but the rest get used daily).

Let’s get into it

These utilities are usually small, specialized applications that perform a specific task or set of tasks. They typically have a simple and user-friendly interface and are designed to work seamlessly with other KDE applications. These are some of our favorite utilities that make our KDE Plasma experience that little more special! We’ve listed only 9, but there’s a ton more to explore.

Head over to the UTILITIES Category on he KDE Apps page for a complete list.


This application offers a wide range of mathematical functions, including basic arithmetic, trigonometry, logarithms, and even advanced features like statistical and financial functions, as well as support for unit conversions. The user interface is intuitive and easy to navigate, making it accessible for both casual and advanced users. KCalc also features an expression editor that allows you to enter complex mathematical expressions, a history of your previous calculations, and it can also be configured to use different number bases and precision. It’s like having a personal math expert in your computer.


For all the coding and text-editing gurus out there, meet Kate, the powerful text editor included in the KDE Utilities. This application offers a wide range of features for editing plain text, including syntax highlighting for multiple programming languages, code folding, and code completion. It also has an advanced search and replace functionality, support for multiple encodings, and a built-in file manager.

Kate also features an integrated terminal, so you can run commands and see the output directly in the editor. Additionally, it supports multiple document interface, allowing you to have multiple files opened at the same time in different tabs. Kate is like having a personal coding assistant in your computer. So, whether you’re a developer, a writer, or just someone who likes to work with plain text, Kate has got you covered. Give it a try and take your text-editing skills to the next level.

TIP: If you’re a fan of Notepad++: you’ll like Kate.


In a nutshell: Spectacle is a powerful screenshot utility. This application allows you to easily capture screenshots of your entire screen, a selected window, or a custom region, and save them in various image formats. Spectacle also offers advanced features such as the ability to capture a screenshot with a delay, annotate the screenshot with arrows, circles, and text, and even upload the screenshot directly to a server.

Spectacle also has the ability to capture screenshots in multiple monitors setups, and it can also save screenshots directly to the clipboard. Spectacle is like having a personal screenshot assistant in your computer.

All of LinuxMO’s screenshots are created with Spectacle. Amazing application!


This application allows you to easily format floppy disks, USB drives, and other removable storage devices, using various file systems such as FAT, NTFS, ext2, ext3, and ext4. KFloppy also offers advanced features such as the ability to verify the disk after formatting and the ability to set label for the disk. It also provides a graphical representation of the disk usage, and it can also display detailed information about the device. KFloppy is like having a personal disk formatting assistant in your computer.


KBackup is a powerful backup utility for your files. This application allows you to easily create backups of your important files and directories, using various storage options such as external hard drives, USB drives, and network shares. KBackup also offers advanced features such as the ability to schedule automatic backups, encrypt the backups and compress the backups, to save disk space.


Ark allows you to easily create, view, and extract various types of archives such as ZIP, RAR, and TAR files, but also support for several other formats like 7z, lzma, xz, tar.gz and many more. Ark also offers advanced features such as the ability to password protect, split and encrypt the archives, and it can also open and extract files from remote locations like FTP or HTTP. It also features a simple, user-friendly interface, making it easy to work with archives even for those who are not familiar with command-line tools. Ark is like having a personal file archiving assistant in your computer.

What’s best, is that it integrates with Dolphin!

In Summary

In conclusion, KDE Utilities is a powerful collection of software programs that can take your desktop experience to the next level. From file management to terminal emulation, text editing to calculations and even backup and restore and file archiving, these utilities are designed to make your digital life more efficient and productive. With user-friendly interfaces and advanced features, they are perfect for students, scientists, developers, system administrators, or anyone who wants to streamline their workflow.

Give KDE Utilities a try and see for yourself how it can improve your Linux experience. Thanks for reading!