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Release of KDE Frameworks 5.23.0

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June 13, 2016. KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.23.0.

KDE Frameworks are 70 addon libraries to Qt which provide a wide variety of commonly needed functionality in mature, peer reviewed and well tested libraries with friendly licensing terms. For an introduction see the Frameworks 5.0 release announcement.

This release is part of a series of planned monthly releases making improvements available to developers in a quick and predictable manner.

New in this Version


  • Make it actually possible to tell providers from the url we were given
  • Provide QDebug helpers for some Attica classes
  • Fix redirection of absolute Urls (bug 354748)


  • Fix using spaces in the tags kioslave (bug 349118)

Breeze Icons

  • Add a CMake option to build binary Qt resource out of icons dir
  • Many new and updated icons
  • update disconnect network icon for bigger diference to conntected (bug 353369)
  • update mount and unmount icon (bug 358925)
  • add some avatars from plasma-desktop/kcms/useraccount/pics/sources
  • remove chromium icon cause the default chromium icon fit's well (bug 363595)
  • make the konsole icons lighter (bug 355697)
  • add mail icons for thunderbird (bug 357334)
  • add public key icon (bug 361366)
  • remove process-working-kde cause the konqueror icons should be used (bug 360304)
  • update krusader icons according to (bug 359863)
  • rename the mic icons according D1291 (bug D1291)
  • add some script mimetype icons (bug 363040)
  • add virtual keyboard and touchpad on/off functionality for OSD

Framework Integration

  • Remove unused dependencies and translation handling


  • Adding runningActivities property to the Consumer

KDE Doxygen Tools

  • Major rework of the API docs generation


  • Use QQuickWidget for QML KCMs (bug 359124)


  • Avoid skipping KAuthorized check


  • Allow using new style connect syntax with KStandardAction::create()


  • Print the failing plugin when notifying a cast warning
  • [kshareddatacache] Fix invalid use of & to avoid unaligned reads
  • Kdelibs4ConfigMigrator: skip reparsing if nothing was migrated
  • krandom: Add testcase to catch bug 362161 (failure to auto-seed)


  • Check size of unix domain socket path before copying to it


  • Support selected state
  • KCMShell import can now be used to query for whether opening a KCM is actually allowed

KDELibs 4 Support

  • Warn about KDateTimeParser::parseDateUnicode not being implemented
  • K4TimeZoneWidget: correct path for flag images


  • Add commonly used entities for keys to en/user.entities
  • Update man-docbook template
  • Update book template + man template + add arcticle template
  • Call kdoctools_create_handbook only for index.docbook (bug 357428)


  • Add emojis support to KEmoticon + Emoji One icons
  • Add support for custom emoticon sizes


  • Fix potential memory leak reported by Coverity and simplify the code
  • The number of layers is determined by the number of comma-separated values in the ‘background-image’ property
  • Fix parsing background-position in shorthand declaration
  • Do not create new fontFace if there is no valid source


  • Don't make KIconThemes depend on Oxygen (bug 360664)
  • Selected state concept for icons
  • Use system colors for monochrome icons


  • Fix race in which the file containing the X11 cookie has the wrong permissions for a small while
  • Fix permissions of /tmp/xauth-xxx-_y


  • Give clearer error message when KRun(URL) is given a URL without scheme (bug 363337)
  • Add KProtocolInfo::archiveMimetypes()
  • use selected icon mode in file open dialog sidebar
  • kshorturifilter: fix regression with mailto: not prepended when no mailer is installed


  • Set correct "dialog" flag for Progress Widget dialog


  • Don't initialize KNS3::DownloadManager with the wrong categories
  • Extend KNS3::Entry public API


  • use QUrl::fromUserInput to construct sound url (bug 337276)


  • use QUrl::fromUserInput to construct sound url (bug 337276)


  • Fix associated applications for mimetypes with uppercase characters
  • Lowercase the lookup key for mimetypes, to make it case insensitive
  • Fix ksycoca notifications when the DB doesn't exist yet


  • Fix default encoding to UTF-8 (bug 362604)
  • Fix color configurability of default style "Error"
  • Search & Replace: Fix replace background color (regression introduced in v5.22) (bug 363441)
  • New color scheme "Breeze Dark", see https://kate-editor.org/?post=3745
  • KateUndoManager::setUndoRedoCursorOfLastGroup(): pass Cursor as const reference
  • sql-postgresql.xml improve syntax highlighting by ignoring multiline function bodies
  • Add syntax highlighting for Elixir and Kotlin
  • VHDL syntax highlighting in ktexteditor: add support for functions inside architecture statements
  • vimode: Don't crash when given a range for a nonexistent command (bug 360418)
  • Properly remove composed characters when using Indic locales


  • Fix downloading currency exchange rates (bug 345750)

KWallet Framework

  • KWalletd migration: fix error handling, stops the migration from happening on every single boot.


  • [client] Don't check resource version for PlasmaWindow
  • Introduce an initial state event into Plasma Window protocol
  • [server] Trigger error if a transient request tries to parent to itself
  • [server] Properly handle the case that a PlasmaWindow is unmapped before client bound it
  • [server] Properly handle destructor in SlideInterface
  • Add support for touch events in fakeinput protocol and interface
  • [server] Standardize the destructor request handling for Resources
  • Implement wl_text_input and zwp_text_input_v2 interfaces
  • [server] Prevent double delete of callback resources in SurfaceInterface
  • [server] Add resource nullptr check to ShellSurfaceInterface
  • [server] Compare ClientConnection instead of wl_client in SeatInterface
  • [server] Improve the handling when clients disconnect
  • server/plasmawindowmanagement_interface.cpp - fix -Wreorder warning
  • [client] Add context pointer to connects in PlasmaWindowModel
  • Many fixes related to destruction


  • Use selected icon effect for current KPageView page


  • [platform xcb] Respect request icon size (bug 362324)


  • Right-clicking the menu bar of an application will now longer allow bypassing


  • Revert "drop WiMAX support for NM 1.2.0+" as it breaks ABI

Oxygen Icons

  • Sync weather icons with breeze
  • Add update icons

Plasma Framework

  • Add cantata system tray support (bug 363784)
  • Selected state for Plasma::Svg and IconItem
  • DaysModel: reset m_agendaNeedsUpdate when plugin sends new events
  • Update audio and network icon to get a better contrast (bug 356082)
  • Deprecate downloadPath(const QString &file) in favor of downloadPath()
  • [icon thumbnail] Request for preferred icon size (bug 362324)
  • Plasmoids can now tell whether widgets are locked by the user or sysadmin restrictions
  • [ContainmentInterface] Don't try to popup empty QMenu
  • Use SAX for Plasma::Svg stylesheet replacement
  • [DialogShadows] Cache access to QX11Info::display()
  • restore air plasma theme icons from KDE4
  • Reload selected color scheme on colors changed

Installing binary packages

On Linux, using packages for your favorite distribution is the recommended way to get access to KDE Frameworks. Binary package distro install instructions.

Compiling from sources

The complete source code for KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 are available from the KDE Frameworks 5.23.0 Info Page.

Building from source is possible using the basic cmake .; make; make install commands. For a single Tier 1 framework, this is often the easiest solution. People interested in contributing to frameworks or tracking progress in development of the entire set are encouraged to use kdesrc-build. Frameworks 5.23.0 requires Qt 5.4.

A detailed listing of all Frameworks and other third party Qt libraries is at inqlude.org, the curated archive of Qt libraries. A complete list with API documentation is on api.kde.org.


Those interested in following and contributing to the development of Frameworks can check out the git repositories, follow the discussions on the KDE Frameworks Development mailing list and contribute patches through review board. Policies and the current state of the project and plans are available at the Frameworks wiki. Real-time discussions take place on the #kde-devel IRC channel on freenode.net.

You can discuss and share ideas on this release in the comments section of the dot article.

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