Category Archives: KDE

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 😉

New Mac OS X Build Documentation

During the Mac OS X platform meeting here at Randa, the point was made that the current build documentation for Mac OS X is a bit lacking, as e.g. the steps to create an application bundle are only documented somewhere for Kate, Krita, KDevelop, … but in no central place.

I started to writeup a new howto at the page that utilizes emerge for the heavy lifting like the KDE Windows team uses it.

I think this might be nice to have synergy effects between both ports, thanks to Hannah for hinting to this and the help for setting it up. Might be interesting for the CI, too.

New “Get It” page & “Build It” split out

As we now have some binaries available for Windows & Mac, I renovated the “Get It” page.

You now have there links to the latest versions of our binaries (installer for Windows & application bundle for Mac) beside the link to the distribution packages for Linux/BSD/* as provided by our dear packagers.

For building Kate from sources, we now have the building instructions on a separate “Build It” page.

We will try to update the binary builds in the next days at Randa.