This guide explains how to build Krita from standard Qt 5 and KDE Frameworks 5 development packages provided with your favorite linux distribution. Building Krita is fundamentally similiar to building Calligra, but there are a few differences. I am too lazy to copy all of those instructions into this page, it would be nice if you did it though. =)

Debian/Ubuntu dependencies

Here are the names of Krita's dependencies in the Debian repositories.

sudo apt install extra-cmake-modules  libkf5archive-dev libkf5completion-dev libkf5config-dev
libkf5coreaddons-dev libkf5guiaddons-dev libkf5i18n-dev libkf5itemmodels-dev libkf5itemviews-dev
libkf5widgetsaddons-dev libkf5windowsystem-dev libkf5kiocore5 qtbase5-dev libqt5svg5-dev
qtdeclarative5-dev libqt5x11extras5-dev libqt5opengl5-dev libeigen3-dev libxi-dev libboost-all-dev
libopenexr-dev vc-dev libexiv2-dev libgsl0-dev liblcms2-dev libpoppler-qt5-dev shared-mime-info 
libraw-dev libfftw3-dev libopencolorio-dev libcurl-dev libopenjpeg-dev

Arch Linux dependencies

Building Krita 3.x on Arch requires slightly more dependencies than running 2.9.9; this should get you going (90% of these are 2.9.9 dependencies already):

sudo pacman -S attica-qt4 qca-qt4 libdbusmenu-qt4 polkit-qt4 exiv2 strigi docbook-xml
docbook-xsl libplist libusbmuxd libimobiledevice upower libatasmart udisks2
cdparanoia libvisual gst-plugins-base phonon-qt4-gstreamer libqzeitgeist
phonon-qt4 media-player-info qtwebkit kdelibs libakonadi-qt4 libical libdmtx
qrencode prison qjson kdepimlibs4 libkactivities4 calligra-libs librevenge
libwpd libodfgen calligra-filters libspnav calligra-plugins qt5-xmlpatterns
qt5-declarative solid karchive gamin kcoreaddons kwidgetsaddons qt5-x11extras
kjobwidgets kconfig kwindowsystem kcrash kdbusaddons kglobalaccel kcompletion
qt5-script ki18n kservice qt5-svg polkit-qt5 kauth kcodecs kguiaddons
kconfigwidgets kitemviews kiconthemes sonnet ktextwidgets attica-qt5 kxmlgui
kbookmarks phonon-qt5-gstreamer phonon-qt5 libdbusmenu-qt5 knotifications
gpgmepp kwallet kio kpackage kdeclarative kcmutils kactivities-frameworks
sound-theme-freedesktop libcanberra oxygen-icons kdebase-runtime opencolorio
libraw libkdcraw fftw gsl

Building Krita

Once you have installed the dependencies, you are ready to clone the Krita repository.

cd ~/kf5/src               (Or, wherever you want to download the source code)
git clone git://

CMake command

Krita's build system has diverged from the Calligra build system and will continue to do so. For example, since there is only one product, Krita does not use productsets any longer. For your initial build of Krita, you probably don't want to run the tests. RelWithDebInfo optimization level is nearly always good enough for everyday debugging, but it is also fast enough to paint with. =)

cd ~/kf5/build/krita
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$HOME/kde/inst5 $HOME/kde/src/calligra -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo 
make -j12

Remember that you can change build settings with cmake . -DNEW_SETTING or by using cmake-gui found in the package cmake-qt-gui

Environment variables for debugging

XDG_DATA_DIRS. If you are OK installing in your home folder, with -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=~/, you need only one environment variable to run Krita:

export XDG_DATA_DIRS=$HOME/kde/inst5/share:$XDG_DATA_DIRS

KRITA_PLUGIN_PATH. Currently, running inside a debugger can be a bit fragile due to plugin loading. Krita's plugins are built in several different paths inside the source directory, and the installation process copies them into a single folder. However the debugger might accidentally not catch onto the plugin installation directory. (For example, if it thinks the plugin path is ./build/krita/plugins/ then it will miss the plugins contained in ./build/plugins/. It may be possible in the future to fix this by altering Krita's codebase, but such large changes are not yet possible until the break with Calligra repo is more complete.)

You can force Krita to look in a specific folder for plugins using the environment variable KRITA_PLUGIN_PATH. For example, using Kubuntu and installing Krita in ~/, I can use a debugger if I set the environment variable:

export KRITA_PLUGIN_PATH="${HOME}/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu"


This page was last edited on 15 January 2019, at 11:12. Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.