How to Install Kate Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Kate is a powerful and intuitive editor that may be the perfect fit for you. With its robust yet straightforward interface, Kate offers everything from word processing to development tools in one place – which saves time! And with 200+ languages available onboard alongside plugins galore (think code hooks), this tool will help maximize productivity, whether it’s coding or content creation.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install Kate Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish using the command line terminal with various installation options to install the text editor.

Update Ubuntu

First, update your system to ensure all existing packages are up to date.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install Kate Text Editor – APT Method

The first and recommended installation option is to install Kate using APT. By default, this is on Ubuntu 22.04’s repository making the installation straightforward.

Use the following command to begin the installation.

sudo apt install kate -y

Install Kate Text Editor – Snapcraft Method

The second option is to install the Kate package using snap. Snap isn’t as popular as most other options, even with Ubuntu users, but the upside is that you will have the most up-to-date version of Kate installed on your system.

Use the following terminal command to install Kate using the snap command.

sudo snap install kate --classic

Example output:

kate 21.12.1 from KDE✓ installed

How to Launch Kate Text Editor

With the installation complete, you can run Kate in a few different ways.

First, while you are in your terminal, you can use the following command.


Snap installations can use the following command.

sudo snap run kate

However, this isn’t practical, and you would use the following path on your desktop.

Applications > Search > Kate.


Install Kate Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Once open, you will arrive at the default launch screen.


Install Kate Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

The good idea is to modify the default color scheme. By default, Kate Text Edit comes with a few color theme options.

These settings can be found in the configuration menu.


Install Kate Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

How to Update/Upgrade Kate Text Editor Packages

Users should use the following terminal commands to check for Kate’s updates and any other system updates.

sudo apt update

If one is available, use the upgrade option:

sudo apt upgrade

Note this will update all packages (recommended), for example, to upgrade the Kate package itself.

sudo apt upgrade kate

Alternatively, Snapd installations of Kate can use the following command.

sudo snap refresh

How to Remove (Uninstall) Kate Text Editor

To remove the Kate software from your system, run the following command in your terminal.

sudo apt autoremove kate --purge -y

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install Kate Text Editor on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Jammy Jellyfish.

Kate is a great lightweight text editor for those who strictly prefer using open-source software and a user-friendly interface, making it easy to use.

For more information, visit the official Kate Text Editor website.


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