How to restart KDE Plasma shell if it freezes

If your KDE Plasma environment is hanging or freezing you don’t necessarily have to logout and login. Open the Search/Run prompt by pressing ALT+F2 and enter konsole to open your terminal.



Then simply issue the necessary command to restart plasma shell.

For KDE4:

killall plasma-desktop
kstart plasma-desktop


KDE5:

killall plasmashell
kstart plasmashell


KDE5.10 and above:

kquitapp5 plasmashell
kstart5 plasmashell

Credits goes out to Korcia at this AskUbuntu thread.

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