New Kate/KWrite Bundles for Mac

I updated again the Kate/KWrite application bundles following the new guide on KDE on Mac.

With the same guide, other application developers should be able to create stand-alone application bundles for Mac OS X, too. Btw., the guide is on a wiki page, feel free to enhance the documentation, I doubt it is optimal ATM.

What needs to be solved to make it easier: At the moment, the guide uses a stock Qt as obtainable from but unfortunately, macdeployqt needs to be patched to deploy non-qt plugins

For this see the review request “add support for -extra-plugins command line option”. I hope this gets into Qt or we get an alternative solution, hint, hint => help appreciated :=))

KWrite on Mac looks unspectacular:

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But the cool thing is: This is the result of a plain compile of KF5 & kate.git. We patch NONE of the frameworks anymore and we don’t need to build Qt on our own, we can use the stock Qt installer (the bundles use 5.7.0, the build that should be the final one to be released these days).

For deployment problems like: “how to get our icons” or “how to locate our plugins or ioslaves” generic solutions were implemented in the KF5 libraries.

If the above review request is accepted or an other solution is found you will have exactly the same developer experience on Mac as on e.g. Linux. No ugly hacks, no patching, etc.

For Kate we even have a kind of working embedded Konsole again with this updated build, enjoy:

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I think overall, the Mac developer experience for KF5 based stuff really improved in the last months and the latest things that happened this week were only possible thanks to the Randa sprint. Would be nice if you support us ;)

5 thoughts on “New Kate/KWrite Bundles for Mac

  1. “Unspectacular”, huh? You should see the thing I could compile myself, with no icons, broken open tab list…
    I have been using Kate on OSX for weeks now. It sometimes becomes slow in reacting, and stays so. For the rest, it’s close to perfect.
    You have no idea how much this improves my work day. It’s probably my favourite application on my Mac laptop.

  2. Hi Christophe!
    I do not manage to have the konsole plugin on my mac (OSX sierra 10.12.1) :/
    If I install update1 the terminal panel is there but empty (like on linux when Konsole is not installed), and with update2 the terminal panel has disappeared and I don’t see it in the plugins list.
    Do you have any idea what can be the problem?

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