Category Archives: Users

KDE Software for Windows & Chocolatey

eY1Bty7lKDE applications providing Windows installers can now be additionally listed in the Chocolatey software repository on an dedicated KDE profile. If you want to be added to this profile with your application, contact

At the moment, you can find digiKam, Kate & Krita. The profile allows an quick overview about the KDE applications that are available.

This is a nice addition to the downloads provided via or the application homepages and increases the visibility of our applications on Windows.

More info about KDE software on Windows and how to join the KDE Windows initiative can be found on our page.

Would be nice if you support us to make things like this at the Randa sprint possible! 😉

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 😉

Kate’s TabBar gets Movable Tabs

With the next Applications 16.08 release, Kate5’s tabs will be movable with the mouse. This was a feature request for quite some time, which is now fixed.Kate5's Moving TabsFor the record, the animated gif was created with the following two commands:

  1. ffmpeg -f alsa -f x11grab -r 30 -s 680x385 -i :0.0+0,0 -threads 0 output%04d.png
  2. convert -delay 1/30 -loop 0 -layers OptimizeFrame -size 680x385 -fuzz 2% output*.png output.gif

Much more work is going on at the Randa spring currently held in Switzerland. Would be nice if you support us 😉

MiniMap Fine-Tuning

Kate also supports a minimap of the text contents instead of a classical scrollbar. To enable it, just go to

MiniMap Settings

Here at the Randa meeting, we just invested some time to bring this minimap more in line with the Breeze style. You can see the difference here: Note the scrollbar slider frame, the new version (right) is more distinct and in line with the rounded corners of the Breeze style.

MiniMap - Old Slider

Old Scrollbar Slider

MiniMap - New Slider

New Scrollbar Slider

This change will be in the KDE Frameworks 5.24 release. If you want to support the KDE Randa developer meeting, please click on the banner 🙂