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How to help with Kate development

If you want to help us develop Kate, KWrite or KatePart, you should join our mailing list. Contacting us at #kate on is also a good idea, we are always happy to help you get started.

How to Build Kate

Kate can easily be build on a current Linux distribution, we provide a how-to for this. For other operating systems, the how-to page provides extra links with information.

Contributing code

For contributions, the best way to hand them in is via our GitLab instance Just open a new merge request there for Kate.

Areas of work

The main work area is the programming, but if you are not a programmer you can help in many other areas:

  • Write and maintain documentation.
  • Write and maintain syntax highlight files.
  • Write and maintain scripts.
  • Maintain bug reports.
  • Provide us with useful feedback.
  • Help us by helping KDE. As a part of KDE, Kate benefits from the KDE as a whole, apart from the excellent integration provided by KDE the help from the KDE translation team is invaluable.

C/C++ Coding Standards

The code in ktexteditor.git and kate.git shall follow the style described for KDELIBS.

Documenting your code

We use Doxygen syntax to document code, and it’s nice to document everything, even private code, since other people than you might get to work on it or just try to understand it.

For comments inside of functions, C++ single-line comments are preferred over multi-line C comments.

Good starting points

Good ideas what to look at first are: