Required or recommended tools for development and using KDE libraries and applications under MS Windows.

Process Explorer

"Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded." (freeware, for all Windows versions) more

Process Explorer

Console 2

"Console is a Windows console window (cmd.exe) enhancement, useful for using when you depend on this shell, e.g. with msvc. Console features include: multiple tabs, text editor-like text selection, different background types, alpha and color-key transparency, configurable font, different window styles." (GPL, for Windows 2000 or newer) more

Console window

Debugging Tools for Windows

You can use Debugging Tools for Windows package to debug drivers, applications, and services on systems with Windows NT kernel. (freeware) more

Among others, it does contain

  • WinDbg (windbg.exe), a user-mode and kernel-mode debugger with a graphical interface,
  • CDB (cdb.exe), a user-mode debugger with a console interface,
  • "Debugging Tools for Windows" documentation (debugger.chm),
  • Logger (logger.exe and logexts.dll), a tool and a plugin DLL that record the function calls and other actions of a program,
  • LogViewer (logviewer.exe), a tool that displays the logs created by Logger,
  • GFlags (Global Flags Editor, gflags.exe), a tool used to control registry keys and other settings
  • The Breakin tool (breakin.exe), a tool used to cause a user-mode break to occur in a process,
  • The Kill tool (kill.exe), a tool used to terminate a process,
  • UMDH (User-Mode Dump Heap utility, umdh.exe), a tool used to analyze heap allocations


Debug messages (logs) generated by kDebug() and kWarning() are not visible on MS Windows unless application is compiled in so-called CONSOLE subsystem. To show these messages also in WINDOWS subsystem, you can use DebugView tool. The tool offers searching in logs, filtering them using wildcards and saving them to file. (freeware) more

DebugView window

Dependency Walker

A tool for checking dependency of shared libraries. This utility that scans any 32-bit or 64-bit Windows module (exe, dll, ocx, sys, etc.) and builds a hierarchical tree diagram of all dependent modules. (freeware) more

Dependency Walker window

Process Monitor

Process Monitor is an advanced monitoring tool for Windows that shows real-time file system, Registry and process/thread activity. more

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