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Release of KDE Frameworks 5.44.0

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March 10, 2018. KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.44.0.

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


  • balooctl: Remove checkDb option (bug 380465)
  • indexerconfig: Describe some functions
  • indexerconfig: Expose canBeSearched function (bug 388656)
  • balooctl monitor: Wait for dbus interface
  • fileindexerconfig: Introduce canBeSearched() (bug 388656)

Breeze Icons

  • remove view-media-playlist from preferences icons
  • add 24px media-album-cover icon
  • add Babe QML support (22px)
  • update handle- icons for kirigami
  • add 64px media icons for elisa

Extra CMake Modules

  • Define __ANDROID_API__
  • Fix readelf command name on x86
  • Android toolchain: add ANDROID_COMPILER_PREFIX variable, fix include path for x86 targets, extend search path for NDK dependencies

KDE Doxygen Tools

  • Exit in error if the output directory is not empty (bug 390904)


  • Save some memory allocations by using the right API
  • Export kconf_update with tooling


  • Improve KLanguageButton::insertLanguage when no name is passed
  • Add icons for KStandardActions Deselect and Replace


  • Cleanup m_inotify_wd_to_entry before invalidating Entry pointers (bug 390214)
  • kcoreaddons_add_plugin: remove effectless OBJECT_DEPENDS on json file
  • Help automoc to find metadata JSON files referenced in the code
  • kcoreaddons_desktop_to_json: note the generated file in the build log
  • Bump shared-mime-info to 1.3


  • Fix the build failure on armhf/aarch64
  • Kill QmlObjectIncubationController
  • disconnect render() on window change (bug 343576)


  • Allen Winter is now officially the maintainer of KHolidays


  • API dox: add note about calling setApplicationDomain after QApp creation


  • [KIconLoader] Take into account devicePixelRatio for overlays


  • Do not assume layout of msghdr and iovec structure (bug 391367)
  • Fix protocol selection in KUrlNavigator
  • Change qSort to std::sort
  • [KUrlNavigatorPlacesSelector] Use KFilePlacesModel::convertedUrl
  • [Drop Job] Create proper trash file on linking
  • Fix unintentional breadcrumb menu item activation (bug 380287)
  • [KFileWidget] Hide places frame and header
  • [KUrlNavigatorPlacesSelector] Put categories into submenus (bug 389635)
  • Make use of the standard KIO test helper header
  • Add Ctrl+H to the list of shortcuts for "show/hide hidden files" (bug 390527)
  • Add move semantics support to KIO::UDSEntry
  • Fix "ambiguous shortcut" issue introduced with D10314
  • Stuff the "Couldn't find executable" message box into a queued lambda (bug 385942)
  • Improve usability of "Open With" dialog by adding option to filter the application tree
  • [KNewFileMenu] KDirNotify::emitFilesAdded after storedPut (bug 388887)
  • Fix assert when cancelling the rebuild-ksycoca dialog (bug 389595)
  • Fix bug #382437 "Regression in kdialog causes wrong file extension" (bug 382437)
  • Faster simplejob start
  • Repair copying file to VFAT without warnings
  • kio_file: skip error handling for initial perms during file copy
  • Allow move semantics to be generated for KFileItem. The existing copy constructor, destructor and copy assignment operator are now also generated by the compiler
  • Don't stat(/etc/localtime) between read() and write() copying files (bug 384561)
  • remote: don't create entries with empty names
  • Add supportedSchemes feature
  • Use F11 as the shortcut to toggle the aside preview
  • [KFilePlacesModel] Group network shares under "Remote" category


  • Show tool button as checked while the menu is shown
  • non interactive scroll indicators on mobile
  • Fix submenus of actions
  • Make it possible to use QQC2.Action
  • Make it possible to support exclusive action groups (bug 391144)
  • Show the text by the page action tool buttons
  • Make it possible for actions to show submenus
  • Don't have specific component position in its parent
  • Don't trigger SwipeListItem's actions unless they are exposed
  • Add an isNull() check before setting whether QIcon is a mask
  • Add FormLayout.qml to kirigami.qrc
  • fix swipelistitem colors
  • better behavior for headers and footers
  • Improve ToolBarApplicationHeader left padding and eliding behavior
  • Make sure the navigation buttons don't go under the action
  • support for header and footer properties in overlaysheet
  • Eliminate unnecessary bottom padding on OverlaySheets (bug 390032)
  • Polish ToolBarApplicationHeader appearance
  • show a close button on desktop (bug 387815)
  • not possible to close the sheet with mousewheel
  • Only multiply the icon size if Qt isn't doing it already (bug 390076)
  • take global footer into account for handle position
  • event compress the creation and destruction of scrollbars
  • ScrollView: Make the scrollbar policy public and fix it


  • Add vokoscreen to KMoreTools and add it to the "screenrecorder" grouping


  • Use QWidget to see if the window is visible

KPackage Framework

  • Help automoc to find metadata JSON files referenced in the code


  • Clean up old, unreachable code


  • Update krunner plugin template


  • Add icons for KTextEditor Document-Export, Bookmark-Remove and Formatting Text Upppercase, Lowercase and Capitalize


  • Implement releasing of client-freed output
  • [server] Properly handle the situation when the DataSource for a drag gets destroyed (bug 389221)
  • [server] Don't crash when a subsurface gets committed whose parent surface got destroyed (bug 389231)


  • Reset QLocale internals when we have a custom app language
  • Do not allow to configure separator actions via context menu
  • Don't show context menu if right-clicking outside (bug 373653)
  • Improve KSwitchLanguageDialogPrivate::fillApplicationLanguages

Oxygen Icons

  • add Artikulate icon (bug 317527)
  • add folder-games icon (bug 318993)
  • fix incorrect 48px icon for calc.template (bug 299504)
  • add media-playlist-repeat and shuffle icon (bug 339666)
  • Oxygen: add tag icons like in breeze (bug 332210)
  • link emblem-mount to media-mount (bug 373654)
  • add network icons which are available in breeze-icons (bug 374673)
  • sync oxygen with breeze-icons add icons for audio plasmoid
  • Add edit-select-none to Oxygen for Krusader (bug 388691)
  • Add rating-unrated icon (bug 339863)

Plasma Framework

  • use the new value for largeSpacing in Kirigami
  • Reduce visibility of PC3 TextField placeholder text
  • Don't make Titles 20% transparent either
  • [PackageUrlInterceptor] Don't rewrite "inline"
  • Don't make Headings 20% transparent, to match Kirigami
  • don't put the fullrep in the popup if not collapsed
  • Help automoc to find metadata JSON files referenced in the code
  • [AppletQuickItem] Preload applet expander only if not already expanded
  • other preload microoptimizations
  • Set IconItem default to smooth=true
  • preload the expander (the dialog) too
  • [AppletQuickItem] Fix setting default preload policy if no environment variable is set
  • fix RTL appearance for ComboBox (bug https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-66446)
  • try to preload certain applets in a smart way
  • [Icon Item] Set filtering on FadingNode texture
  • Initialize m_actualGroup to NormalColorGroup
  • Make sure the FrameSvg and Svg instances have the right devicePixelRatio


  • Update links to dependencies, and mark Android as officially supported
  • Make DMTX dependency optional
  • Add QML support for Prison
  • Set minimum size on 1D barcodes as well


  • Fix tier, accommodate for KIO


  • Fix syntax error in previous commit, detected by launching ruqola
  • Show a radiobutton when we are showing an exclusive control (bug 391144)
  • implement MenuBarItem
  • implement DelayButton
  • New component: round button
  • take into account toolbar position
  • support colors for icons in buttons
  • support --reverse
  • icons in Menu fully functional
  • consistent shadows with the new breeze style
  • Some QStyles seem to not return sensible pixelmetrics here
  • first rough icons support
  • don't wrap around with mouse wheel


  • fix a leak and incorrect nullptr check in DADictionary
  • [UDisks] Fix auto-mount regression (bug 389479)
  • [UDisksDeviceBackend] Avoid multiple lookup
  • Mac/IOKit backend: support for drives, discs and volumes


  • Use Locale::name() instead of Locale::bcp47Name()
  • Find libhunspell build by msvc

Syntax Highlighting

  • Basic support for PHP and Python fenced code blocks in Markdown
  • Support case-insensitive WordDetect
  • Scheme highlighting: Remove hard-coded colors
  • Add syntax highlighting for SELinux CIL Policies & File Contexts
  • Adding ctp file extension to the PHP syntax highlighting
  • Yacc/Bison: Fix the $ symbol and update syntax for Bison
  • awk.xml: add gawk extension keywords (bug 389590)
  • Add APKBUILD to be highlighted as a Bash file
  • Revert "Add APKBUILD to be highlighted as a Bash file"
  • Add APKBUILD to be highlighted as a Bash file

Security information

The released code has been GPG-signed using the following key: pub rsa2048/58D0EE648A48B3BB 2016-09-05 David Faure <faure@kde.org> Primary key fingerprint: 53E6 B47B 45CE A3E0 D5B7 4577 58D0 EE64 8A48 B3BB

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 5.44.0 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE Frameworks 5.44.0 are available from the KDE Frameworks 5.44.0 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 5.44.0 requires Qt 5.7.

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.

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