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Release of KDE Frameworks 5.7.0

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February 14, 2015. KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.7.0.

KDE Frameworks are 60 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


  • A number of fixes for compiling with the upcoming Qt 5.5


  • Fixed starting and stopping activities
  • Fixed activity preview showing wrong wallpaper occasionally


  • Create temporary files in the temp dir rather than in the current directory


  • Fixed generation of KAuth DBus helper service files


  • Fixed assert when dbus paths contain a '.'


  • Added support for CP949 to KCharsets


  • kconf_update no longer processes *.upd file from KDE SC 4. Add "Version=5" to top of the upd file for updates that should be applied to Qt5/KF5 applications
  • Fixed KCoreConfigSkeleton when toggling a value with saves in between


  • KRecentFilesAction: fixed menu entry order (so it matches the kdelibs4 order)


  • KAboutData: Call addHelpOption and addVersionOption automatically, for convenience and consistency
  • KAboutData: Bring back "Please use http://bugs.kde.org to report bugs." when no other email/url is set
  • KAutoSaveFile: allStaleFiles() now works as expected for local files, fixed staleFiles() too
  • KRandomSequence now uses int's internally and exposes int-api for 64-bit unambiguity
  • Mimetype definitions: *.qmltypes and *.qmlproject files also have the text/x-qml mime type
  • KShell: make quoteArgs quote urls with QChar::isSpace(), unusual space characters were not handled properly
  • KSharedDataCache: fix creation of directory containing the cache (porting bug)


  • Added helper method KDEDModule::moduleForMessage for writing more kded-like daemons, such as kiod


  • Added a plotter component
  • Added overload method for Formats::formatDuration taking int
  • New properties paintedWidth and paintedHeight added to QPixmapItem and QImageItem
  • Fixed painting QImageItem and QPixmapItem


  • Add support for loading kded modules with JSON metadata


  • Now includes the runtime component, making this a tier3 framework
  • Made the Windows backend work again
  • Re-enabled the Mac backend
  • Fixed crash in KGlobalAccel X11 runtime shutdown


  • Mark results as required to warn when API is misused
  • Added BUILD_WITH_QTSCRIPT buildsystem option to allow a reduced feature-set on embedded systems


  • OSX: load the correct shared libraries at runtime
  • Mingw compilation fixes


  • Fixed crash in jobs when linking to KIOWidgets but only using a QCoreApplication
  • Fixed editing web shortcuts
  • Added option KIOCORE_ONLY, to compile only KIOCore and its helper programs, but not KIOWidgets or KIOFileWidgets, thus reducing greatly the necessary dependencies
  • Added class KFileCopyToMenu, which adds Copy To / Move To" to popupmenus
  • SSL-enabled protocols: added support for TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2 protocols, remove SSLv3
  • Fixed negotiatedSslVersion and negotiatedSslVersionName to return the actual negotiated protocol
  • Apply the entered URL to the view when clicking the button that switches the URL navigator back to breadcrumb mode
  • Fixed two progress bars/dialogs appearing for copy/move jobs
  • KIO now uses its own daemon, kiod, for out-of-process services previously running in kded, in order to reduce dependencies; currently only replaces kssld
  • Fixed "Could not write to <path>" error when kioexec is triggered
  • Fixed "QFileInfo::absolutePath: Constructed with empty filename" warnings when using KFilePlacesModel


  • Fixed KRecursiveFilterProxyModel for Qt 5.5.0+, due to QSortFilterProxyModel now using the roles parameter to the dataChanged signal


  • Always reload xml data from remote urls


  • Documentation: mentioned the file name requirements of .notifyrc files
  • Fixed dangling pointer to KNotification
  • Fixed leak of knotifyconfig
  • Install missing knotifyconfig header


  • Renamed kpackagetool man to kpackagetool5
  • Fixed installation on case-insensitive filesystems


  • Fixed Kross::MetaFunction so it works with Qt5's metaobject system


  • Include unknown properties when converting KPluginInfo from KService
  • KPluginInfo: fixed properties not being copied from KService::Ptr
  • OS X: performance fix for kbuildsycoca4 (skip app bundles)


  • Fixed high-precision touchpad scrolling
  • Do not emit documentUrlChanged during reload
  • Do not break cursor position on document reload in lines with tabs
  • Do not re(un)fold the first line if it was manually (un)folded
  • vimode: command history through arrow keys
  • Do not try to create a digest when we get a KDirWatch::deleted() signal
  • Performance: remove global initializations


  • Fixed infinite recursion in Unit::setUnitMultiplier


  • Automatically detect and convert old ECB wallets to CBC
  • Fixed the CBC encryption algorithm
  • Ensured wallet list gets updated when a wallet file gets removed from disk
  • Remove stray </p> in user-visible text


  • Use kstyleextensions to specify custom control element for rendering kcapacity bar when supported, this allow the widget to be styled properly
  • Provide an accessible name for KLed


  • Fixed NETRootInfo::setShowingDesktop(bool) not working on Openbox
  • Added convenience method KWindowSystem::setShowingDesktop(bool)
  • Fixes in icon format handling
  • Added method NETWinInfo::icccmIconPixmap provides icon pixmap from WM_HINTS property
  • Added overload to KWindowSystem::icon which reduces roundtrips to X-Server
  • Added support for _NET_WM_OPAQUE_REGION


  • Do not print a message about unhandled "AccessPoints" property
  • Added support for NetworkManager 1.0.0 (not required)
  • Fixed VpnSetting secrets handling
  • Added class GenericSetting for connections not managed by NetworkManager
  • Added property AutoconnectPriority to ConnectionSettings

Plasma framework

  • Fixed errorneously opening a broken context menu when middle clicking Plasma popup
  • Trigger button switch on mouse wheel
  • Never resize a dialog bigger than the screen
  • Undelete panels when applet gets undeleted
  • Fixed keyboard shortcuts
  • Restore hint-apply-color-scheme support
  • Reload the configuration when plasmarc changes
  • ...


  • Added energyFull and energyFullDesign to Battery

Buildsystem changes (extra-cmake-modules)

  • New ECMUninstallTarget module to create an uninstall target
  • Make KDECMakeSettings import ECMUninstallTarget by default
  • KDEInstallDirs: warn about mixing relative and absolute installation paths on the command line
  • Added ECMAddAppIcon module to add icons to executable targets on Windows and Mac OS X
  • Fixed CMP0053 warning with CMake 3.1
  • Do not unset cache variables in KDEInstallDirs


  • Fix updating of single click setting at runtime
  • Multiple fixes to the systemtray integration
  • Only install color scheme on toplevel widgets (to fix QQuickWidgets)
  • Update XCursor settings on X11 platform

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 5.7.0 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE Frameworks 5.7.0 are available from the KDE Frameworks 5.7.0 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 5.7.0 requires Qt 5.2.

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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