How to Install Kontact on Debian 11

How to Install Kontact on Debian 11

Learning how to install Kontact on Debian 11 is essential when using your system as a personal information manager. We’re here to help you walk through the entire process. 

Kontact is an integrated solution for managing personal information by end-users. It is an open-source personal information manager developed by KDE, a community-driven free software project that produces an extensive range of applications for desktop and mobile platforms.

Moreover, it is a versatile tool that allows users to efficiently manage their emails, contacts, appointments, tasks, and notes, all within a unified and customizable interface

With Kontact, you can stay organized, keep track of your daily activities, and streamline your communication, whether you use it for personal or professional purposes.

In this article, we will guide you through the process of installing Kontact on Debian 11, one of the most popular and stable Linux distributions, using different methods, including the Debian repository, Flatpak, and Snapd. 

You should have a Debian 11 installed and a root user or user with sudo access. In addition, you should have an active internet connection.

Introduction to Kontact

Kontact is a tool for end users to manage their data, and it is the personal information manager and groupware developed by KDE. The following are the important features of Kontact:

  • It is highly customizable, i.e., it has a range of options for customization according to end-user needs. For instance, it offers various interchangeable graphical user interfaces such as KMail, KAddressBook, and Akregator.
  • It has features for security management, backup, and restoration of the data.
  • It is an integrated solution comprising KMail, KOrganizer, and KAddressBook accessible through a unified interface for email, scheduling, address book, calendar, notes, to-do list, news, and related functionalities.

How to Install Kontact on Debian 11

We will now discuss the steps for the installation of Kontact. You are assumed to have basic Linux knowledge and little experience running commands on a shell. If operating as a non-root user, you must prefix sudo to the commands mentioned in this article.

Step 1 – Update your system

The very first step is to update your system. Open the Terminal by clicking on the Systems Menu and select Terminal. Now, type the following commands on the Terminal:

$sudo apt update
$sudo apt upgrade
$sudo apt install software-properties-common apt-transport-https wget ca-certificates

Step 2 – Installing Kontact

Here is the next step on how to install Kontact on Debian 11. There are three ways to install Kontact:

  • From Debian repository.
  • Using Flatpak.
  • Using snapd.

Before discussing the installation using each of the above methods, we will briefly discuss each option.

Debian repository

The Debian repository is a set of binaries or packages. You can use these repositories with the apt family of programs. Note that by default, Kontact is available on the Debian repository. 

Introduction to Flatpak

As far as Flatpak is concerned, it is also a package manager. It enables installing and running Linux in a sandboxed environment.

Note that Flatpak is a popular alternative to conventional package managers. It allows you to install and run applications unavailable in the Debian repository. You can install Flatpak easily on Debian by typing the following command:

$sudo apt install flatpak

Introduction to Snapd

Snaps are applications packaged with the corresponding dependencies to run on the most popular Linux operating systems from a single build. They have the following features:

  • Snaps are updated automatically and roll back gracefully.
  • Snaps are discoverable and installable from Snapstore.

You can install Snap using the following commands on the Terminal:

install Snap

Now, we will discuss the approaches for installing Kontact on Debian, i.e., a) using the Debian repository, b) using Flatpak, and c) using snapd.

Step 2a: Installation from the Debian repository

Kontact is, by default, from the Debian repository. You can install it using the following command:

$sudo apt install Kontact

Once you have run the above command, please wait for a while. The package manager will download the Kontact along with the necessary packages.

Step 2b: Installation using Flatpak

To understand how to install Kontact on Debian 11 using Flatpak, follow the steps below:

  • The first step is to install Flatpak if it is not installed on your computer. Follow the step discussed in previous sections to install Flatpak. 
  • In the next step, add the Flathub repository that contains the repository of Flatpak packages. For this purpose, type the following command:
$flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists Flathub
  • Now, you can install the Kontact using Flatpak using the following command:
flatpak install flathub org.kde.Kontact

Step 2c: Installation using Snapd

You can also learn how to install Kontact on Debian 11 using Snapd with the help of the following command:

$sudo snap install Kontact –edge

Before running the above command, you must install and enable Snapd, as discussed in previous sections.

Step 3 – Accessing the Kontact on Debian Linux

Finally, you can now access the Kontact on Debian Linux. There are three approaches to verify if Kontact has been successfully installed on Debian Linux.

  • You can access Kontact via Activities -> Show Applications -> Kontact
  • As an alternative approach, you can open Kontact using the following command:
  • If you have installed Kontact using the Flatpak approach, you need to run the following command:
$flatpak install flathub org.kde.Kontact

You should see the following screen after the Kontact has been launched:

Kontact launched

Adding Keyboard Shortcuts

Adding keyboard shortcuts for commonly used actions in Kontact can greatly enhance your productivity and efficiency. Here are some useful keyboard shortcuts to help you get started:

  1. Compose a new email: Ctrl + N
  2. Reply to email: Ctrl + R
  3. Reply to all: Ctrl + Shift + R
  4. Forward email: Ctrl + Shift + F
  5. Open calendar: Ctrl + 2
  6. Open address book: Ctrl + 3
  7. Switch between different views: F9
  8. Save email as draft: Ctrl + S
  9. Send an email: Ctrl + Return
  10. Close current window: Ctrl + W

You can also customize and create your own keyboard shortcuts in Kontact by going to “Settings” > “Configure Shortcuts” and assigning shortcuts to specific actions according to your preferences. This can help you tailor Kontact to your individual workflow and boost your productivity even further.

In this article, we discussed how to install Kontact on Debian 11. We discussed three approaches to installation, i.e., using the Debian repository, Flatpak, and Snapd. We also discussed various features of Kontact along with verifying the installation and using Kontact once it is installed.

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