How to Install And Setup Ubuntu One In Kubuntu

Last year MTE gave you a hands on review of the beta release of Ubuntu One, Canonical’s answer to the popular Dropbox file syncing service. Ubuntu One allows users to have a local folder on their computers linked and synced with a folder on an Ubuntu One server. They can also share files with their other computers and even with other users.

This was good news for many mobile Ubuntu users who needed the flexibility that online storage space affords them. Unfortunately, KDE users, those who use Kubuntu, were left out of the initial release. In order to use Ubuntu One, they would have to install the Gnome client or use only the web-based interface.

Now, all of that has changed with the development of Ubuntu One KDE Client.  It is easy to download, setup, and install, and MTE will take you through the entire process.

Sign up for Ubuntu One

The process is the same as it would be if you were registering from within Gnome.

1. Visit

2. Click “Subscribe”

3. Choose the free 2GB plan or the $10 per month 50GB plan

4. Sign in with your existing Launchpad account or create a new one

Once you are subscribed, you can see the web interface. All that is left is connecting your desktop interface to your account.

Ubuntu One web interface

Download Ubuntu One KDE Client

You can download and install the client from or install it through the PPA using the following method:

1. Open Konsole (or your terminal app of choice)

2. Type the following string:

It should add the repository and fetch the PPA’s key.

3. One the repository has been added, update your apt-get list:

4. Install Ubuntu One KDE Client:

Note: You can also add the repository and install the client using KPackageKit or another graphical interface.

Getting Started

Now that you have the client installed, start it and make sure the installation worked.

1. Press Alt-F2 (or right click the desktop and click “Run Command”)

2. Type ubuntuone-kde and press Enter

3. An icon shaped like a hard drive with a cloud on it will appear. Right click it.

4. Click “Open Folder”

You should now have your local Ubuntu One folder open, and it should have automatically added a link to it in your “Places” bookmarks in Dolphin.  The path for the folder is /home/username/Ubuntu One.

5. Right click the icon again and click “Connect” to make sure it is connected.

Ubuntu One KDE Client menu

6. Now, to test it, right click inside the Dolphin window of the Ubuntu One folder and click “Create New” and “Text file”

7. Name the file “test” and click OK.

Ubuntu One folder in Dolphin

Finally, open your web browser and return to the web interface. Your test file should now appear under “My Files”.  With that you have successfully setup your Ubuntu One account within KDE.  Because the folder itself is on your local computer, you can link to it and even create a Folder View just as you normally would with any KDE folder. Just always keep in mind that Ubuntu One is an online service, so always keep local copies of any files you share on it. It is also still in BETA, so be extra careful. Now Kubuntu users can enjoy the benefits of Ubuntu One and share with their Ubuntu associates.


  1. > Unfortunately, KDE users, those who use Kubuntu, were left out of the initial release.

    Well duh, haven't you ever used Kubuntu in the past? They're left out of everything.

  2. And again, nobody cares enough to get ubuntu one on the next version of kubuntu: lucid.…

    The developer of the kde client does not have time to make a lucid version.

    One has to note, that the developer (Harald Sitter) does a lot of other things for kubuntu, he just can't do all of it. Kubuntu needs more helping hands.

  3. yeah, he must be in the most frustrating position. Poor bloke. Ubuntu are putting a lot of responsibility on him. It may be by his own choosing, but the KDE option is a fantastic plus to Ubuntu and would be a massively wise investment for them to put cash into.

    surely ubuntu is not 100% volunteer labour, is it?

  4. The Ubuntu One client for KDE has been removed. The PPA mentioned in this article no longer exists. For those interested, I have written a short summary of the state of play as at Janurary 2011. Anyone who reads this article looking for a KDE client (as I did) may be interested in seeing what happened:

  5. Thank you so much. So far I haven’t had a reason to convert back to Ubuntu. Getting closer to using Linux only. Still need to configure TV Tuner card. Ubuntu is just so much better out-of-the box but the KDE UI eye-candy makes up for it.

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