KDEConnect/Build MacOS

[Note] Building on macOS is still an experimental feature, it's not stable and could not be launched as other applications on macOS. Please do not use it in your production environment !


  1. Install Xcode from App Store
  2. Install Xcode command line tools with xcode-select --install
  3. Install Python 3 from Python Homepage, Homebrew or MacPorts. Validate your python install with following command:which python3

Setting up Craft environment

Once all prerequisites are satisfied, install Craft

curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/KDE/craft/master/setup/CraftBootstrap.py -o setup.py && python3 setup.py --prefix ~/CraftRoot

With this command, Craft will be installed in ~/CraftRoot. You can change the directory after --prefix to install Craft to another directory.

After a long installation, the final output should be this:

Craft               : /Users/<username>/CraftRoot
Version             : master
ABI                 : macos-64-clang
Download directory  : /Users/<username>/CraftRoot/download

Setup complete

Please run the following command to get started:
  source /Users/<username>/CraftRoot/craft/craftenv.sh

Then, you can execute source /Users/<username>/CraftRoot/craft/craftenv.sh to enter the Craft environment.

Fetching source code and building

Make sure you are in the Craft environment. There could be a CRAFT: prefix in front of your prompt, like this: MacOS KDEConnect Craft Source.png

Run craft extragear/kdeconnect-kde to build KDE Connect on macOS.

If all is well, the last output could be

*** Craft all succeeded: extragear/kdeconnect-kde after 1 minute 51 seconds ***

Then you'll get your own build of KDE Connect on macOS in /Users/<username>/CraftRoot/build/extragear/kdeconnect-kde/image-RelWithDebInfo-master/. But you don't really need handle with it. Just continue...

Run craft --package extragear/kdeconnect-kde to pack KDE Connect to a single application package.

This will be a long process(tested on Mac Mini 2012 fusion driver, 3 minutes 25 seconds).

After that, you will get a DMG image file in /Users/<username>/CraftRoot/tmp/.

Launch on macOS

Double click to mount the DMG image, drag it into Applications folder. Then you can see it on your Dashboard.

KDE Connect in the macOS Dashboard.png

Open and enjoy the connection between your Mac and your Android phone!

KDE Connect macOS Launch.png

The build is passed on macOS 10.14.5 with Xcode 10.1. Feel easy to test it on other versions.

This page was last edited on 19 June 2019, at 17:59. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.