KDE: Where Are Wallpapers Stored?

Ever since you installed KDE Plasma, you've been wondering where wallpapers are stored. While you can change them from the desktop settings, you might want to dig deeper to find the actual files to create a custom collection or back them up. This article will help you understand the storage locations of wallpapers in KDE and guide you through the process of finding and managing them.

1. KDE Wallpaper Search Paths

KDE stores wallpapers in various locations, depending on the type and source of the wallpaper. Here are the primary search paths:

  • /usr/share/wallpapers/: This directory contains the default wallpapers that come pre-installed with KDE.
  • ~/.local/share/wallpapers/: This directory stores wallpapers that you have downloaded or copied to your local system.
  • ~/.kde/share/wallpapers/: This directory contains wallpapers that you have customized or created using KDE's built-in wallpaper editor.

2. Navigating to Wallpaper Directories

To access these directories, you can use the file manager (Dolphin in KDE) or the command line.

  • Using Dolphin: Open Dolphin and navigate to the desired directory. For example, to access the default wallpapers, go to /usr/share/wallpapers/.
  • Using Command Line: Open a terminal window and use the cd command to navigate to the directory. For example, to access the local wallpapers directory, type cd ~/.local/share/wallpapers/.

3. Managing Wallpapers

Once you have located the wallpaper directories, you can manage your wallpapers by performing the following actions:

  • Adding Wallpapers: Copy or download the wallpaper files to the desired directory. Make sure the files are in a supported format, such as JPEG, PNG, or SVG.
  • Deleting Wallpapers: Delete unwanted wallpaper files from the directory.
  • Creating Custom Wallpapers: Use KDE's built-in wallpaper editor (right-click on the desktop and select "Configure Desktop" > "Wallpaper") to create or edit wallpapers. Save the customized wallpapers in the desired directory.

4. Assigning Wallpapers

After managing your wallpapers, you can assign them to your desktop from the KDE System Settings.

  • Open System Settings and navigate to "Desktop Behavior" > "Desktop."
  • Under the "Wallpaper" section, select the "Wallpaper Type" and choose the desired wallpaper from the list or click "Add Image" to browse for a custom wallpaper.

5. Troubleshooting Wallpaper Issues

If you encounter issues with wallpapers, such as missing wallpapers or display problems, try the following:

  • Make sure the wallpaper files are in a supported format and are properly saved in the wallpaper directories.
  • Check the wallpaper settings in System Settings to ensure that the correct wallpaper is selected and the settings are applied correctly.
  • Update KDE to the latest version, as newer versions may include fixes for wallpaper-related issues.


Finding and managing wallpapers in KDE is a straightforward process once you know the storage locations and the steps involved. With a variety of pre-installed and customizable wallpapers, KDE provides a personalized desktop experience that suits your preferences. Whether you're looking to explore new wallpapers or create your unique collection, KDE offers the flexibility and tools to make your desktop visually appealing.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I find the default wallpapers that come with KDE?

    • The default wallpapers are stored in the /usr/share/wallpapers/ directory.
  2. How do I add my wallpapers to KDE?

    • Copy or download the wallpaper files to the ~/.local/share/wallpapers/ directory.
  3. Can I create my wallpapers in KDE?

    • Yes, you can use KDE's built-in wallpaper editor to create or edit wallpapers.
  4. Where are the customized wallpapers stored?

    • Customized wallpapers are stored in the ~/.kde/share/wallpapers/ directory.
  5. What should I do if I'm having problems with wallpapers in KDE?

    • Check the wallpaper settings in System Settings, ensure that the wallpaper files are in a supported format, and update KDE to the latest version if necessary.

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