Policies/Application Lifecycle/Draft

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KDE is a friendly community which hosts hundreds of projects. Any project which follows the KDE manifesto and KDE Vision is welcome to join us.

The term "application" is used here to mean any project hosted in KDE Git and includes programming libraries and development tools but not typically infrastructure tools or projects with other end product outputs.



playground is a Git module for projects starting development

  • You will need a Git write account which needs a referral from another KDE contributor, see Get_a_Developer_Account
  • You will need to to ask sysadmin to create a module
  • Projects can start in scratch repos without asking for a repo, see Git KDE.org manual
  • Projects can make alpha releases and can put them on download.kde.org unstable
  • Projects can ask for translations for their master branch only


Projects which started life outside of KDE are welcome to join us if you feel our community makes a good fit through the KDE Incubator.

  • The projects should follow the KDE Incubator process.
  • A sponsor will guide you through the process and check your project complies with the needs of the KDE community


Projects move into kdereview when they are ready to start making beta or stable releases. It allows for the KDE community to check over for minimum standards.


Your project is now active and can make beta or stable releases. Find the best home for your project based on contents and release process wanted.

* They have strict quality requirements
* Get released monthly
* Ask on kde-frameworks-devel if you want to be considered for inclusion
  • Plasma is a cross device work environment where trust is put on the users' capacity to best define her own workflow and preferences.
* It is typically released 3 times a year
* Projects released as part of Plasma must fit well together and be a useful part of the user's work experience. They would not be useful to users of other desktops.
* Ask on plasma-devel for consideration of inclusion
  • KDE Applications

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