kdepimlibs Splitting Epic


The KDE PIM community has outlined the following plan for splitting kdepimlibs into Frameworks libraries

  • Wait for the kdelibs split to be completed and the preview release to be made
  • A frameworks branch to be created in kdepimlibs and Qt5 / KF5 basic porting to be performed here mostly by the Frameworks team (old frameworks branch to be reviewed and deleted)
  • Once work is started here no more style fixes to be applied to Master
  • Code relying on qt3support and deprecated libraries will be removed as part of the porting
  • Once porting is completed then kdepimlibs will be spilt into separate frameworks
  • Once split the maintainers of each framework will take over work to make any API and code changes required
  • PIM Frameworks will be released as and when they are ready, we do not need to release them all at the same time
  • PIM Frameworks will be prioritised depending on usage, i.e. libraries needed by KDE Workspaces and Kolab should be released first
  • kdepim-runtime will be split between PIM Framework and kdepim


See the other Frameworks pages for the KDE Frameworks Policies, the kdelibs Split Policies and the Definition of Done .

The kdepimlibs specific policies are:

  • Modules that use qt3support are to be removed
  • Deprecated API is allowed to be removed
  • Source compatibility requirements are relaxed due to fewer clients, but major rewrites are discouraged. Instead port the old library and create a separate new library (e.g. KHolidays and QHolidays).
  • Most libraries will aim for Tier 2, but some may be able to target Tier 1.
  • The initial KF5 port may rely on kde4support to enable the port to be performed by non-experts, but no Framework released may rely on kde4support so the maintainer must remove all usage. In particular all KDateTime, KTimeZone and KLocale usage must be removed and the Qt replacements throughly tested for regressions and behaviour changes.


The following libraries are known to be used outside of KDE PIM and so may be a higher priority in porting.



  • kde-workspace/libs/plasmaclock/
    • KHolidays (for selection widget, could be moved elsewhere?)
  • kde-workspace/plasma/generic/dataengines/akonadi/
    • Akonadi
    • KMime
    • KABC
    • Microblog
    • KPimUtils (linked but not included?)
  • kde-workspace/plasma/generic/dataengines/calendar/
    • Akonadi
    • KCalCore
    • KCalUtils
    • KHolidays
  • kde-workspace/plasma/generic/dataengines/rss/
    • Syndication

Note: It is recommended that the Akonadi DataEngine be reworked/renamed as EMailEngine, ToDoEngine, etc, as this is client developer facing API and so the implementation name should be abstracted/hidden from them, i.e. as is done with the CalendarEngine.



  • kde-runtime/drkonqi/
    • KXMLRPCClient
  • kde-runtime/kwalletd
    • QGpgme




kdepimlibs libraries

Listing of top-level directories in kdepimlibs and the README file, if subdirectories need breaking out separately then please add to list.

Library Description Internal Dependencies
akonadi Client access library for using the Akonadi PIM data server.
kblog C++ API for weblogging access
kcal C++ API for the iCalendar and vCalendar formats (Deprecated by kcalcore and kcalutils)
kcal/libical A basic iCalendar protocol implementation, see RFCs 2245,2246
kcalcore C++ API for the iCalendar and vCalendar formats
kcalutils C++ library containing utility functions on top of kcalcore.
kholidays C++ library for calendar holidays
kimap C++ API for IMAP support
kioslaves/sieve Sieve kioslave
kldap C++ API for LDAP access
kmime C++ API for MIME handling
kontactinterface The glue for embedding KParts into Kontact
kpimidentities C++ API for shared identities for mail applications
kpimtextedit Provides a textedit with PIM-specific features and can convert the textedit content to various markup formats
kpimutils A library for general purpose PIM utilities
ktnef C++ API for the handling of TNEF data
kxmlrpclient An XML-RPC client library
mailtransport C++ API and support code for managing mail transport
microblog A library for microblogging
qgpgme A C++ wrapper for gpgme
syndication An RSS/Atom feed parser library

kdepimlibs Split Tasks

Maintainers as per the MAINTAINERS file, please change if not correct.

Status Framework Tier Porter Maintainer Comments
TODO akonadi Tier 2? Dan Vratil
TODO cmake Tier 2?
TODO doc Tier 2?
TODO gpgme++ Tier 2? Marc Mutz
TODO includes Tier 2?
TODO kabc Tier 2? Tobias Koenig
TODO kalarmcal Tier 2? David Jarvie
TODO kblog Tier 2? Christian Weilbach
TODO kcal Tier 2? To be deleted
TODO kcalcore Tier 2? Sergio Martins, Allen Winter High priority, needed by Workspace.
TODO kcalutils Tier 2? Sergio Martins, Allen Winter
TODO kholidays Tier 1 John Layt, Allen Winter High priority, needed by Workspace. Split and basic port, will be replaced later by OpenHolidays. Will need internal copy of KCalendarSystem
TODO kimap Tier 2?
TODO kioslave Tier 2?
TODO kldap Tier 2? Szombathelyi György
TODO kmbox Tier 2? Bertjan Broeksema
TODO kmime Tier 2? Volker Krause, Marc Mutz
TODO kontactinterface Tier 2? Allen Winter
TODO kpimidentities Tier 2?
TODO kpimtextedit Tier 2? Thomas McGuire, Stephen Kelly
TODO kpimutils Tier 2?
TODO kresources Tier 2? Tobias Koenig
TODO ktnef Tier 2? Michael Goffioul
TODO kxmlrpcclient Tier 2?
TODO mailtransport Tier 2?
TODO microblog Tier 2? Tom Albers
TODO qgpgme Tier 2? Marc Mutz
TODO syndication Tier 2? Frank Osterfeld

kdepim-runtime libraries

Listing of top-level directories in kdepimlibs, if subdirectories need breaking out separately then please add to list.

No MAINTAINERS file, please populate.

Status Framework Tier Porter Maintainer Comments
TODO accountwizard
TODO agents
TODO cmake
TODO defaultsetup
TODO doc
TODO kcm
TODO kioslave
TODO kresources
TODO libkdepim-copy
TODO migration
TODO opensync
TODO plugins
TODO qml
TODO resources
TODO resourcetester
TODO tray

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