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This page is the continuation with more advanced topics of the page Get_Involved/development.

kdesrc-build Qt5

kdesrc-build by default uses Qt6. Your kdesrc-build installation is configured for Qt6 if in the configuration file kdesrc-buildrc you have branch-group kf6-qt6.

You can convert your kdesrc-build installation from Qt6 to Qt5 by editing the existing kdesrc-buildrc file to replace all occurrences of "6" with "5".

Set up kdesrc-build following the "Set up kdesrc-build" procedure. The resulting kdesrc-build installation will be of type kf6-qt6. In kdesrc-buildrc in the "global" section you will have "branch-group kf6-qt6".

Edit the file ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc

  • Replace all "6" with "5".


# Make sure that you do not already have a kdesrc-build
# installation that uses the configuration file
# ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc

mkdir -p ~/kde5/src
cd ~/kde5/src
mv ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc ./config_kdesrc-buildrc_backup 2> /dev/null
git clone && cd kdesrc-build
./kdesrc-build --initial-setup <<< 'N'
mv ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc .

# Edit the file ~/kde5/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-buildrc:
# A. Replace "/home/username/kde5/src/kdesrc-build/" with "".
sed -i 's_/home/.*/src/kdesrc-build/__g' kdesrc-buildrc

# B. Replace "~/kde/" with "~/kde5/".
sed -i 's_~/kde/_~/kde5/_g' kdesrc-buildrc

# C. Replace "num-cores 4" with the count of your CPU threads (nproc) minus two. E.g. if you have 16 CPU threads, use "num-cores 14".

# D. If you plan to use the C++ debugger, replace "-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo" with "-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug".

# E. Replace "6" with "5".
sed -i 's/6/5/g' kdesrc-buildrc

# Make sure that the configuration file
# ~/kde5/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-buildrc looks OK
# E.g. kate ~/kde5/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-buildrc &

# From now on you will need to be in the directory
# ~/kde5/src/kdesrc-build before you can run kdesrc-build or kdesrc-run

# E.g.
cd ~/kde5/src/kdesrc-build
./kdesrc-build kconfig
./kdesrc-build kcalc
./kdesrc-run kcalc
./kdesrc-build frameworks

Develop in a Linux container

When you start programming for KDE, it is recommended that you use kdesrc-build in your main operating system or in a virtual machine running on a rolling-release Linux distribution (Arch, openSUSE Tumbleweed, KDE neon) or running on e.g. the latest version of Fedora KDE Spin or Kubuntu.

As an alternative, you can run kdesrc-build in a Linux container (docker, podman, toolbx, distrobox).

Option 1. The KDE PIM Docker image

You can install Docker and the KDE PIM Docker image. It provides a development environment that is isolated from your day-to-day system. It is based on KDE Neon Unstable.

Option 2. distrobox

It is possible to start developing KDE software using container images that are able to see inside your home folder. This can be done using distrobox and podman.

First, install distrobox and podman from your distribution repositories:

  • Debian/Ubuntu: sudo apt install distrobox podman
  • openSUSE: sudo zypper install distrobox podman
  • Fedora: sudo dnf install distrobox podman
  • Arch: sudo pacman --sync distrobox podman

Building without kdesrc-build

You can build a single repository using the KDE Neon Unstable docker image. We will be using the plasma:unstable image, which comes with the latest KDE software and libraries, and we will be using the minimal version, which requires you to install development libraries before compiling your projects.

After installing distrobox and podman, run the following to create a new distrobox container:

podman pull
distrobox create --image

This will create a distrobox container named plasma-unstable.


The plasma:unstable image size is 5.6 GB.

Lastly, enter the generated container:

distrobox enter plasma-unstable

You can then just clone the desired repository in your home folder and build it while being inside the container. If any development libraries are missing, you can just install them the same way you would install on Debian/Ubuntu/KDE Neon:

sudo apt install packagename-dev

You can also use build-dep to let apt install the required libraries for the program you will be compiling. For example, to install the development libraries for Kate, you can run:

sudo apt-get build-dep kate

Building with kdesrc-build

First, install distrobox and podman from your distribution repositories. Then run:

distrobox enter

This should create a container based on your current Linux OS and enter it. It is preferable to use one of the Linux distributions that is better suited for kdesrc-build, as mentioned in this wiki page, so if your distribution does not provide very up-to-date packages, you can download and use a different container image for your distrobox from Dockerhub. For example, with openSUSE Tumbleweed:

podman pull opensuse/tumbleweed
distrobox create --image opensuse/tumbleweed --name tumbleweed
distrobox enter tumbleweed

Then it's a matter of downloading and running kdesrc-build as detailed in Get_Involved/development/Set_up_a_development_environment:

mkdir -p ~/kde/src
cd ~/kde/src
git clone
cd kdesrc-build
./kdesrc-build --initial-setup
source ~/.bashrc

From this point on, one important thing to bear in mind is that a distrobox container is transparent in its user space and containerized in its root space: when you are inside a distrobox container, you can see the content of system's home folder, but not your system's root folders, only the container's root folders. This means that you can install packages inside the container using root privileges and access those packages to compile your programs stored in your home, without ever installing those packages in your actual system!

You can take advantage of this by installing, for instance, Qt development packages used for kdesrc-build from inside the container. This way, it is not necessary to compile Qt with kdesrc-build. This is particularly convenient if you want to compile KDE software with Qt6 quickly.

Likewise, you should install the required dependencies from inside the distrobox rather than from your system's repositories. Then you can start compiling as usual.

After compiling your program with kdesrc-build from inside the distrobox, you can run it with kdesrc-build run, and despite it originating from inside a container and using the libraries from the container, it will run just fine as a GUI application on your system!

The only few gotchas to using this method are:

  • You cannot use a full Plasma Desktop session made from git.
  • You will need qqc2-desktop-style and Breeze to show the correct theme for your applications.
  • You will need the QtWayland library and its respective development package to run your applications natively on a Wayland session.

Other operating systems

Kubuntu 23.10

The default configuration of kdesrc-build requires Qt version 6.5. Kubuntu 23.10 has Qt version 6.4.2. It is recommended that you use a Linux OS that is better supported by kdesrc-build.


Install the latest release of FreeBSD with KDE Plasma Desktop on your hardware computer or in a virtual machine.

Your user should be member of the "wheel" user group (e.g. this can be configured in the FreeBSD installer, when creating your user you can select additional user groups for your user). Your user should be able to use sudo:

pkg install sudo
# Uncomment the line: %wheel ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL

Then set up kdesrc-build using the same procedure as when installing kdesrc-build on a Linux operating system. FreeBSD is currently supported by kdesrc-build. See

Microsoft Windows

You can build and develop KDE projects using the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Apple macOS

You can build and develop KDE projects using the Apple macOS operating system.

What to do if CMake configure fails because a build dependency is missing

See .

Advanced kdesrc-build

After you have edited a git repository and you want to build it, --no-src will make sure that kdesrc-build does not overwrite your local source code changes with the latest source code from the official git repository (remote "origin" / https://invent/

--no-include-dependencies only builds the git repository that you give as parameter to kdesrc-build.

--debug shows verbose output.

--refresh-build forces a rebuild (not an incremental build) and a full reinstall.

E.g. you have edited kcalc. You run:

kdesrc-build kcalc --no-src --no-include-dependencies --refresh-build --debug |& tee ~/a.txt

For details, see:

kdesrc-build --help

Note: the resources below might not be up to date.

See the kdesrc-build manual, Readme #1, Readme #2, Document #3 for more kdesrc-build information and options.

Qt 6 installed using Qt online installer

The homepage of the Qt Framework is . Go to this web page, create an online account. > "Download the Qt Online Installer" > Linux > "Qt Online Installer for Linux (64-bit)" > download a file named e.g. into the directory e.g. "~/Downloads".

ls -la ~/Downloads # The downloaded file needs to hace the "executable" chmod bit set.
chmod +x ~/Downloads/

Login using your Qt online account. Next > check the checkbox "I have read and agree to the terms and conditions of using OpenSource Qt", check the checkbox "I'm an individual and do not use Qt for any company" > Next > Next > enable "Help us improve" > Next > Custom installation, notice that the install directory is "~/Qt" > Next. Install the latest version of Qt6 and the latest version of the Qt Creator integrated development environment (IDE). There are some Qt6 components that are not used by KDE and can be left out when installing Qt6 e.g. WebAssembly, Android, Sources, Qt Quick 3D, Qt 3D, "Quick: 3D Physics", "Qt debug Information Files".

In the KDE Plasma app launcher you now have the application "Qt Maintenance Tool".

Set up kdesrc-build from scratch as usual.

Edit the file kdesrc-buildrc to look like:

    qtdir  ~/Qt/6.6.0/gcc_64 # Where to install Qt6 if kdesrc-build supplies it
    libname lib
end global

Make gpgme build:

sudo su
mkdir -p /home/qt/work
chown -R username:username /home/qt/work
ln -s /home/username/Qt/6.6.0/gcc_64 /home/qt/work/install
ls -la /home/qt/work

kf6-qt6 vs. kf5-qt5

Many KDE git repositories can build correctly and run correctly using "kdesrc-build kf6-qt6".

The KDE git repositories that can build correctly and run correctly using "kdesrc-build kf6-qt6" have two long lived git branches:

  • A long lived git branch that does not contain the deprecated symbols from kf5-qt5, named e.g. "master".
  • And another long lived git branch for qt5-kf5, where the deprecated symbols still exist.

What is "kf6-qt6"? You just set up kdesrc-build following the procedure. The resulting kdesrc-build installation will be of type kf6-qt6. In kdesrc-buildrc in the "global" section you will have "branch-group kf6-qt6". The git repositories that have only one long lived git branch e.g. named "master" will use that. The git repositories that have a second long lived git branch, will use the git branch where the deprecated symbols do not exist e.g. named "master".

What is "kf5-qt5"? Follow the chapter "kdesrc-build Qt5". The resulting kdesrc-build installation will be of type kf5-qt5. In kdesrc-buildrc in the "global" section you will have "branch-group kf5-qt5". The git repositories that have only one long lived git branch e.g. named "master" will use that. The git repositories that have a second long lived git branch where the deprecated symbols still exist e.g. named "kf5" will use that.

Build Qt6 using kdesrc-build

A screen recording version is available

Note: If you cannot build the KDE frameworks using kdesrc-build and using the Qt6 provided by your OS (Linux distribution). Because the Qt6 is not complete. You might want to build Qt6 using kdesrc-build.

Note: Building Qt6 using kdesrc-build is an advanced topic.

Set up kdesrc-build clean from scratch.

Edit two files.


# This file controls options to apply when configuring/building modules, and
# controls which modules are built in the first place.
# List of all options:

    branch-group kf6-qt6

    # Finds and includes *KDE*-based dependencies into the build.  This makes
    # it easier to ensure that you have all the modules needed, but the
    # dependencies are not very fine-grained so this can result in quite a few
    # modules being installed that you didn't need.
    include-dependencies true

    # Install directory for KDE software
    kdedir ~/kde/usr

    # Directory for downloaded source code
    source-dir ~/kde/src

    # Directory to build KDE into before installing
    # relative to source-dir by default
    build-dir ~/kde/build

    qtdir  ~/kde/usr # Where to install Qt6 if kdesrc-build supplies it

    cmake-options -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug

    # kdesrc-build sets 2 options which is used in options like make-options or set-env
    # to help manage the number of compile jobs that happen during a build:
    # 1. num-cores, which is just the number of detected CPU cores, and can be passed
    #    to tools like make (needed for parallel build) or ninja (completely optional).
    # 2. num-cores-low-mem, which is set to largest value that appears safe for
    #    particularly heavyweight modules based on total memory, intended for
    #    modules like qtwebengine
    num-cores 15
    num-cores-low-mem 4

    # kdesrc-build can install a sample .xsession file for "Custom"
    # (or "XSession") logins,
    install-session-driver false

    # or add a environment variable-setting script to
    # ~/.config/
    install-environment-driver true

    # Stop the build process on the first failure
    stop-on-failure true

    # Use a flat folder layout under ~/kde/src and ~/kde/build
    # rather than nested directories
    directory-layout flat

    # Build with LSP support for everything that supports it
    compile-commands-linking true
    compile-commands-export true

    git-repository-base qt6-copy
end global

# With base options set, the remainder of the file is used to define modules to build, in the
# desired order, and set any module-specific options.
# Modules may be grouped into sets, and this is the normal practice.
# You can include other files inline using the "include" command. We do this here
# to include files which are updated with kdesrc-build.

# Common options that should be set for some KDE modules no matter how
# kdesrc-build finds them. Do not comment these out unless you know
# what you are doing.
#include /home/username/kde/src/kdesrc-build/kf6-common-options-build-include

# Qt and some Qt-using middleware libraries. Uncomment if your distribution's Qt
# tools are too old but be warned that Qt take a long time to build!
include /home/username/kde/src/kdesrc-build/qt6-build-include
#include /home/username/kde/src/kdesrc-build/custom-qt6-libs-build-include

# KF6 and Plasma :)
#include /home/username/kde/src/kdesrc-build/kf6-qt6-build-include

# To change options for modules that have already been defined, use an
# 'options' block. See kf6-common-options-build-include for an example


# Downloads and installs Qt6 from the KDE mirror, using Qt6's CMake support
# exclusively.  Consider this an unofficial build that won't be supported by Qt
# upstream since we don't go through the init-repository script.
# It is probably better to install from your local distribution devel packages
# if possible!
module-set qt6-set
    override-build-system qt6 # technically optional for now

    repository qt6-copy # as defined in kdesrc-buildrc-kf6-sample
    branch     6.5

    # install path. This *MUST* match your qtdir setting in kdesrc-buildrc!
    prefix ${qtdir}

    # These have been manually placed in dependency order based on the
    # .gitmodules file in
    # in "essential" or "addons" categories with some additions
    # qtdoc should be last to give it best opportunity to make needed docs
    use-modules qtbase qttools qtshadertools qtdeclarative qtsvg \
        qtimageformats qtmultimedia qtwayland                    \
        qtwebsockets qtwebchannel qtwebengine qtwebview qtsensors            \
        qtnetworkauth qt5compat qtdoc qtpositioning              \
        qtlocation qtvirtualkeyboard qttranslations              \

    # if you want qtwebengine, add it to use-modules after "qtwebchannel" and
    # comment this out. Note qtwebengine has significant and different build
    # requirements of its own.
    #ignore-modules qtwebengine

    # Archiving API requires zstd support which may not be present in your CMake
    cmake-options -DQT_BUILD_TESTS=FALSE -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo \

    cmake-generator Ninja # comment out if you want the default CMake generator
end module-set

options qtwebengine
    # qtwebengine build system is weird, involving make as the top-level driver
    # and then calling ninja for the bulk of the build.  qtwebengine is a bulky
    # module and having ninja use all cores at once may run out of memory if
    # not careful, so we use make to pass less aggressive Ninja flags.
    # num-cores-low-mem needs to be defined in your kdesrc-buildrc.
    make-options NINJAFLAGS=-j${num-cores-low-mem}
end options

# vim: set ft=kdesrc-buildrc:


apt build-dep qt6-base-dev qt6-tools-dev qt6-shadertools-dev qt6-shadertools-dev qt6-svg-dev \
qt6-image-formats-plugins qt6-multimedia-dev qt6-wayland-dev \
qt6-websockets-dev qt6-webchannel-dev qt6-webengine-dev qt6-webview-dev qt6-sensors-dev\
qt6-networkauth-dev qt6-5compat-dev qt6-documentation-tools qt6-positioning-dev \
qt6-virtualkeyboard-dev qt6-translations-l10n \

# If qttools does not build because of missing "#include <litehtml.h>"
# as per
# Edit ~/kde/src/qttools/src/assistant/qlitehtml/src/container_qpainter_p.h:80
# replace "#include <litehtml.h>" with "#include <litehtml/litehtml.h>".

kdesrc-build qt6-set

To compile Qt6 with Qt X11 Extras which is a necessary library to compile KWindowSystem, you shoud enable XCB feature during compilation

kdesrc-build qt6-set --cmake-options="-DQT_FEATURE_xcb=ON"

Portable installation of kdesrc-build

The current directory (pwd) is important when running kdesrc-build. If there exists a file kdesrc-buildrc in the the current directory (pwd), kdesrc-build will prefer that file over ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc.

If you are interested in or need separate builds of KDE software, like when building with Qt5 or Qt6, you can create a self-contained, portable installation of kdesrc-build in its own folder. This way, you can manage your kdesrc-build configuration files each in their own environment without mixing configurations or having to rebuild the universe every time you want to test a different one.

# To not lose your previous build, make a backup:
mv ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc~bak && mv ~/kde ~/kde~bak
# Edit ~/.bashrc file and remove the kdesrc-build block.
# Set up kdesrc-build by following just the chapter
# Make sure to answer "No" (or press the Enter key) when it asks if
# you want to add the kdesrc-build block to ~/.bashrc.
# Do not source ~/.bashrc.
# Edit ~/.bashrc file and remove the kdesrc-build block.
# Reboot the computer or relogin such that the $PATH environment variable
# does not contain the string "~/kde" or sub directories of "~/kde".
# You should not have built anything using kdesrc-build yet.

# Then move the generated kdesrc-buildrc to the directory where
# you git cloned kdesrc-build:
cd ~/kde/src/kdesrc-build
mv ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc .

# If the current directory is ~/kde/src/kdesrc-build, kdesrc-build will use
# the file ~/kde/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-buildrc even if the file
# ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc exists.
# Edit the file paths in the file ~/kde/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-buildrc by
# replacing the string "/home/username/kde/src/kdesrc-build/"
# with the empty string.
# Before running kdesrc-build or kdesrc-run, always make sure that
# you are in the directory ~/kde/src/kdesrc-build
cd ~/kde/src/kdesrc-build
# Calling ~/kde/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-build will then use the file
# kdesrc-buildrc from the current directory:
./kdesrc-build kconfig

Whenever you move or copy this portable installation of kdesrc-build to another directory, do the following:

# E.g. copy the existing portable kdesrc-build installation
# from the directory ~/kde to the directory ~/kdenew
cp -r ~/kde ~/kdenew # Or to any other directory.
# Edit the file paths in the file ~/kdenew/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-buildrc
# E.g. replace "~/kde/" with "~/kdenew/".

# Cleanup. Binary files contain file full paths starting with "~/kde"
rm -rf ~/kdenew/usr
rm -rf ~/kdenew/build

cd ~/kdenew/src/kdesrc-build
./kdesrc-build frameworks

Two independent kdesrc-build installations on the same machine: kf6-qt6 and kf5-qt5

Make a backup of your existing kdesrc-build setup. mv ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc ~/.config/kdesrc-buildrc~bak && mv ~/kde ~/kde~bak

Set up a portable kdesrc-build from scratch in the directory ~/kde. See the chapter #Portable installation of kdesrc-build for details. But do not run kdesrc-build to build anything.

In the directory ~/kde there will be a new kdesrc-build installation of type kf6-qt6.

At the end of this procedure there will be two independent and portable kdesrc-build installations:

  • In the directory ~/kde a kdesrc-build installation for Qt6
  • In the directory ~/kde5 a kdesrc-build installation for Qt5
# You have a kdesrc-build kf6-qt6 installation in ~/kde

# kf5-qt5 kdesrc-build installation.
cp -r ~/kde ~/kde5
# Edit the file ~/kde5/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-buildrc such that the kdesrc-build installation becomes one of type kf5-qt5, see chapter "kdesrc-build Qt5".
# Edit the file paths in the file ~/kde5/src/kdesrc-build/kdesrc-buildrc
# E.g. replace "~/kde/" with "~/kde5/".
# Now you have a kdesrc-build kf5-qt5 installation in ~/kde5


# Use different terminal windows or tabs (e.g. different Konsole tabs) for
# kf5-qt5 and kf6-qt6

# Go to the terminal window or tab for kf6-qt6.
cd ~/kde/src/kdesrc-build
./kdesrc-build kcalc
./kdesrc-run kcalc

# Go to the terminal window or tab for kf5-qt5.
cd ~/kde5/src/kdesrc-build
./kdesrc-build plasma-systemmonitor
./kdesrc-run plasma-systemmonitor

What is the command line of the processes started by kdesrc-build

E.g. what are the command lines that are run by kdesrc-build in order to run the CMake configure step for the kconfig KDE git repository?

kdesrc-build kconfig --no-src --no-include-dependencies --debug --refresh-build |& tee ~/a.txt
kate ~/a.txt &


Building kconfig (build system KDE CMake) from frameworks (1/1)
	Queueing PKG_CONFIG_PATH to be set to /home/username/kde/usr/lib/pkgconfig
	Queueing LD_LIBRARY_PATH to be set to /home/username/kde/usr/lib
	Queueing PATH to be set to /home/username/kde/usr/bin:/home/username/kde/src/kdesrc-build:/home/username/.local/bin:/home/username/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games:/snap/bin
	Not prepending /home/username/kde/usr/lib/pkgconfig to PKG_CONFIG_PATH as it appears to already be defined in PKG_CONFIG_PATH.
	Queueing PKG_CONFIG_PATH to be set to /home/username/kde/usr/lib/pkgconfig
	Not prepending /home/username/kde/usr/lib to LD_LIBRARY_PATH as it appears to already be defined in LD_LIBRARY_PATH.
	Queueing LD_LIBRARY_PATH to be set to /home/username/kde/usr/lib
	Not prepending /home/username/kde/usr/bin to PATH as it appears to already be defined in PATH.
	Queueing PATH to be set to /home/username/kde/usr/bin:/home/username/kde/src/kdesrc-build:/home/username/.local/bin:/home/username/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games:/snap/bin
	Queueing CMAKE_PREFIX_PATH to be set to /home/username/kde/usr
	Queueing CMAKE_MODULE_PATH to be set to /home/username/kde/usr/lib64/cmake:/home/username/kde/usr/lib/cmake
	Queueing XDG_DATA_DIRS to be set to /home/username/kde/usr/share:/usr/share/plasma:/home/username/.local/share/flatpak/exports/share:/var/lib/flatpak/exports/share:/usr/local/share:/usr/share:/var/lib/snapd/desktop
	Source update complete for kconfig: Skipped
	cd /home/username/kde/build

	Preparing build system for kconfig.
	Removing files in build directory for kconfig
	Old build system cleaned, starting new build system.
	cd /home/username/kde/build/kconfig

	Running cmake targeting Unix Makefiles...
run_logged_p(): Module kconfig, Command: {'cmake', '-B', '.', '-S', '/home/username/kde/src/kconfig', '-G', 'Unix Makefiles', '-DCMAKE_EXPORT_COMPILE_COMMANDS:BOOL=ON', '-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug', '-DQT_MAJOR_VERSION=6', '-DBUILD_WITH_QT6=ON', '-DBUILD_TESTING=TRUE', '-DBUILD_WITH_QT6=ON', '-DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS:STRING=-pipe', '-DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/home/username/kde/usr'} from /home/username/kde/build/kconfig
	cd /home/username/kde/build/kconfig

log_command(): Module kconfig, Command: cmake -B . -S /home/username/kde/src/kconfig -G Unix Makefiles -DCMAKE_EXPORT_COMPILE_COMMANDS:BOOL=ON -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug -DQT_MAJOR_VERSION=6 -DBUILD_WITH_QT6=ON -DBUILD_TESTING=TRUE -DBUILD_WITH_QT6=ON -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS:STRING=-pipe -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/home/username/kde/usr
run_logged_p(): kconfig cmake complete: 0

Therefore, kdesrc-build has run the following commands:

# Preparing build system for kconfig. Removing files in build directory for kconfig. Old build system cleaned, starting new build system.
rm -rf /home/username/kde/build/kconfig
mkdir -p /home/username/kde/build/kconfig

# Queueing X to be set to ...

cd /home/username/kde/build/kconfig


How to write the entire verbose STDOUT and STDERR of kdesrc-build to a file

script -eq -c "kdesrc-build kconfig --no-src --no-include-dependencies --refresh-build --debug" ~/a.txt ;  sed -i $'s/\033\[[0-9]\+m//g' ~/a.txt

The sed part removes the terminal ANSI color escape codes.

script -eq -c "command" ~/a.txt is better than command |& tee ~/a.txt because kdesrc-build behaves differently if it is run in a user interactive terminal session (isatty).

If using tee, part of the output of kdesrc-build will not be written to file. E.g. the output of the cmake step, the final part of the make -j step, the final part of the make install step.

Other CPU architectures than x86_64/amd64 and x86

You can build and develop KDE projects using a Linux OS installed on an ARM architecture CPU.

kdesrc-build issues


"kdesrc-build frameworks" fails because not enough packages from the Linux OS are installed

Expand the list of packages from and make sure that you have these packages installed.

"kdesrc-build workspace" fails because not enough packages from the Linux OS are installed

  • Fedora
# kwin
sudo dnf install libdisplay-info-devel

# kio-extras
sudo dnf install qcoro-qt6-devel

# kgamma5
sudo dnf install libXxf86vm-devel

# kde-gtk-config
sudo dnf install rubygem-sass

# flatpak-kcm
sudo dnf install flatpak-devel
  • Ubuntu 23.10
# plasma-workspace
sudo apt install xdotool

# breeze-gtk
sudo apt install ruby-sass

# xdg-desktop-portal-kde
sudo apt install libcups2-dev

# plasma-desktop
sudo apt install libsdl2-dev

# kgamma
sudo apt install libxxf86vm-dev

# kde-gtk-config
sudo apt install libgtk-3-dev

wayland-protocols is too old, e.g. "kdesrc-build kidletime" fails

mkdir -p ~/kde/misc && cd ~/kde/misc
tar -xJvf wayland-protocols-*.tar.xz && mv wayland-protocols-*/ wayland-protocols
cd wayland-protocols
meson setup builddir --prefix $HOME/kde/usr
meson compile -C builddir
meson install -C builddir

"kdesrc-build kpat" fails because of black-hole-solitaire

This happens on Debian/Ubuntu/Kubuntu. Because there is no Linux distribution binary package for

Solution: append at the end of kdesrc-buildrc file:

options kpat
    cmake-options -DWITH_BH_SOLVER=OFF
end options

libdisplay-info is not available

If your Linux OS does not have a package for libdisplay-info. Append at the end of the file kdesrc-buildrc:

module libdisplay-info
end module

gpgme fails to build