Building KDE Frameworks 5 (KF5)

KDE Frameworks 5 is a collection of libraries based on top of Qt5 and QML derived from the monolithic KDE 4 libraries. They can be used independent of the KDE Display Environment (Plasma 5).

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.4 platform.

The instructions below build all of the KDE Frameworks packages in one step by using a bash script.

Package Information

KF5 Dependencies


Boost-1.70.0, extra-cmake-modules-5.60.0, docbook-xml-4.5, docbook-xsl-1.79.2, giflib-5.2.1, libepoxy-1.5.3, libgcrypt-1.8.4, libjpeg-turbo-2.0.2, libpng-1.6.37, libxslt-1.1.33, lmdb-0.9.23, phonon-4.10.2, shared-mime-info-1.12, URI-1.76, and Wget-1.20.3 (required to download the packages)



BlueZ-5.50 (needed to build Bluez-Qt), ModemManager-1.10.4 (needed to build ModemManager-Qt)

Runtime dependency for FrameworkIntegration

Oxygen fonts and Noto fonts

Runtime dependencies for kapidox

Doxygen-1.8.15, Jinja2-2.10.1, and PyYAML-5.1.1

Additional image formats support in KImageFormats

JasPer-2.0.14 and OpenEXR

Optional dependencies for KIO

MIT Kerberos V5-1.17

Optional dependencies for Solid

UDisks-2.8.3, UPower-0.99.10 and media-player-info (runtime)

Optional dependency for KWallet


Optional dictionary backends for Sonnet

Hspell and Hunspell

Required dependencies for Prison

Datamatrix and QRencode

User Notes:

Downloading KDE Frameworks

The easiest way to get the KDE Frameworks packages is to use a single wget to fetch them all at once:

wget -r -nH -nd -A '*.xz' -np $url

The options used here are:
  -r            recurse through child directories
  -nH           disable generation of host-prefixed directories
  -nd           do not create a hierarchy of directories 
  -A '*.xz'     just get the *.xz files
  -np           don't get parent directories

Setting Package Order

The order of building files is important due to internal dependencies. Create the list of files in the proper order as follows:

cat > frameworks-5.60.0.md5 << "EOF"
51e0f8be234e1c310205d5c6f782e537  attica-5.60.0.tar.xz
#faa5121d68c6d43f1340c1a1c8254ae4  extra-cmake-modules-5.60.0.tar.xz
7f4cb9f495177d46bb6057dc495736a0  kapidox-5.60.0.tar.xz
cb8d65acddcd0eb582a77773b2de0e46  karchive-5.60.0.tar.xz
7e9d9482b52b729328e06321e2989152  kcodecs-5.60.0.tar.xz
7f80691fc6b32e04f3ea13be77edb5af  kconfig-5.60.0.tar.xz
84410b718286b24577b78bc07084739d  kcoreaddons-5.60.0.tar.xz
aa5b30d820742d541a6bec3579f90dd1  kdbusaddons-5.60.0.tar.xz
b405fec215786e15a798948a07a592f9  kdnssd-5.60.0.tar.xz
4a524ebb83ce9b1b39a54d0aa39e7466  kguiaddons-5.60.0.tar.xz
0cf6a6c0a4aa8427763a1d8bb61a88e2  ki18n-5.60.0.tar.xz
54923408c39459922b616b92ce2678c9  kidletime-5.60.0.tar.xz
bd8b91a8a86d438cf8ee28b0012b0d7c  kimageformats-5.60.0.tar.xz
5ac5d11f5edc55d11b4ed81ead58a9bf  kitemmodels-5.60.0.tar.xz
f9ebdaf2965265d0da9ebbc79bbba592  kitemviews-5.60.0.tar.xz
54c6fb70ddd04f37e5f063e8d0960b1b  kplotting-5.60.0.tar.xz
e788ac09828cadec194ebf186156b205  kwidgetsaddons-5.60.0.tar.xz
e4ccac16de6c18728219c83528a8ee17  kwindowsystem-5.60.0.tar.xz
8242f78a39142afafbfce3b09a1fe974  networkmanager-qt-5.60.0.tar.xz
08e4b5b41fef66de9fb82d9e44cdfd4f  solid-5.60.0.tar.xz
2ca92137613156e24367eb3349e0e5b8  sonnet-5.60.0.tar.xz
81cfb42e1c9824bf2d7c7f0491bee8dd  threadweaver-5.60.0.tar.xz
00330dac282b372701a3f81de66c2e01  kauth-5.60.0.tar.xz
30d0925015e0e80de704aef5571d6897  kcompletion-5.60.0.tar.xz
1509f9fe4d665ca4c8fd660a3feaf92c  kcrash-5.60.0.tar.xz
1c4ceaa9e577e0a92890273e09f6b686  kdoctools-5.60.0.tar.xz
a3ec717d5460e92e3e40fae3253237d6  kpty-5.60.0.tar.xz
c866421ae6caa2de41ba862d5a30b577  kunitconversion-5.60.0.tar.xz
3a2876bcce59ee0ee3a002223e968d69  kconfigwidgets-5.60.0.tar.xz
eca6ef1e76cba2a00ce9b0f6e6f04d00  kservice-5.60.0.tar.xz
0a9f5dad0de04a9667fc636c5cae5637  kglobalaccel-5.60.0.tar.xz
319f7b14242a54445da1df6c6938fb3d  kpackage-5.60.0.tar.xz
76da218e8eba07af12681ed1ffc31c09  kdesu-5.60.0.tar.xz
2a846ab3041e4aa90545776f72974ce4  kemoticons-5.60.0.tar.xz
46d14353205a2f91a25a0bd9d2fbae7d  kiconthemes-5.60.0.tar.xz
03b511db466b456db8543b8732ecdb8a  kjobwidgets-5.60.0.tar.xz
95761f0597f907f9b2ba607a5ef6ac4a  knotifications-5.60.0.tar.xz
7f3a72982fc9ac89dbe1cf16802b7ec9  ktextwidgets-5.60.0.tar.xz
6839d8333aa4614dcb9cd9b67954cf1b  kxmlgui-5.60.0.tar.xz
b8cda472f958016a6701e39bffceba93  kbookmarks-5.60.0.tar.xz
e2b8a68528fb27281fea81273401f853  kwallet-5.60.0.tar.xz
e1c8bf207ee1721d8537c78a7dc4f166  kio-5.60.0.tar.xz
a5771426388ea795994300ec2489e557  kdeclarative-5.60.0.tar.xz
1348201acbc60eb0056f2212bb70c9d9  kcmutils-5.60.0.tar.xz
a324faf4223316f6bd92973d2efdaa4e  kirigami2-5.60.0.tar.xz
c941d34b251e12edb8dbe2170c5f6806  knewstuff-5.60.0.tar.xz
231174e4b7eab864b072f381ee61a08d  frameworkintegration-5.60.0.tar.xz
4424e0f90e61690f85b282c8f27f81b3  kinit-5.60.0.tar.xz
7764436e1c48baec765ad6f3ab5cc8e7  knotifyconfig-5.60.0.tar.xz
b905c041765c9a86083765d246bf950f  kparts-5.60.0.tar.xz
9649a8395c83b28d03f27538cecdde1b  kactivities-5.60.0.tar.xz
855f272f93f4ee40bbd1755f671258d4  kded-5.60.0.tar.xz
#4c144d0de38bd6f7e7e8a0a9589ee2dd  kdewebkit-5.60.0.tar.xz
db65057619ecd72a118e739b8a3d2c63  syntax-highlighting-5.60.0.tar.xz
46a45573dd2d86e5291d0d1b8f7890c4  ktexteditor-5.60.0.tar.xz
13090edbedfdbf0aa5385b9d5b77240f  kdesignerplugin-5.60.0.tar.xz
ebd69263c6d65ef59b3a70b7ae2bbae8  kwayland-5.60.0.tar.xz
796bac344bf8b8be90cc988131174a95  plasma-framework-5.60.0.tar.xz
#43693095957a309dfb210dfb81cfacf1  modemmanager-qt-5.60.0.tar.xz
2858ad1992c827e0a362a83f8c1fa775  kpeople-5.60.0.tar.xz
d0512509da62c45ebb907cf2e801133b  kxmlrpcclient-5.60.0.tar.xz
a84ced1bdca1522b3b67e024dca63b26  bluez-qt-5.60.0.tar.xz
a2e12f7d2cfe18ac3c6fee74214f068b  kfilemetadata-5.60.0.tar.xz
8d16dc04d79a5a497ad7e5e0db4d49cc  baloo-5.60.0.tar.xz
#22b5dd5c8cb259e55fc7f716dabfb8fb  breeze-icons-5.60.0.tar.xz
#d8df70afbad34688c65d98894f9f1a85  oxygen-icons5-5.60.0.tar.xz
620ca68051b8e364e13269cdde122f14  kactivities-stats-5.60.0.tar.xz
ca6908f6051065bb00c6f523af96c9a6  krunner-5.60.0.tar.xz
#e049ed74bc0a048aae9eee0639f06cb1  prison-5.60.0.tar.xz
ffc71a9259281545065468fdedf05f7e  qqc2-desktop-style-5.60.0.tar.xz
43732f9ed73d445d86d00297e9a9cf4e  kjs-5.60.0.tar.xz
d6e1642be773e68edf50abdd4af69b14  kdelibs4support-5.60.0.tar.xz
0db0a677e7fd00405ccb63994355bd42  khtml-5.60.0.tar.xz
940dd5ebce78989830e8b306f3738f92  kjsembed-5.60.0.tar.xz
536810eb862003483cdaadfb1b29068d  kmediaplayer-5.60.0.tar.xz
babd193992c4865ea2eeba9f0c91f988  kross-5.60.0.tar.xz
5579896a41729bff9fa94e4e46f0b72c  kholidays-5.60.0.tar.xz
4455d785c8bf317cacf3989f1394fada  purpose-5.60.0.tar.xz
09a13fd121a487144178a8384d0106d0  syndication-5.60.0.tar.xz

In the above list, notice that some files have been commented out with a hash (#) character. The extra-cmake-modules entry has been commented out because it was built earlier in the Introduction to KDE. The icon packages are covered separately at breeze-icons-5.60.0 and oxygen-icons5-5.60.0. The modemmanager-qt package may be built if its optional dependency has been installed. The prison package (bar code reader) may be built if the required external libraries are installed. The kdewebkit may be built if the external package QtWebkit has been built.

Installation of KDE Frameworks



When installing multiple packages in a script, the installation needs to be done as the root user. There are three general options that can be used to do this:

  1. Run the entire script as the root user (not recommended).

  2. Use the sudo command from the Sudo-1.8.27 package.

  3. Use su -c "command arguments" (quotes required) which will ask for the root password for every iteration of the loop.

One way to handle this situation is to create a short bash function that automatically selects the appropriate method. Once the command is set in the environment, it does not need to be set again.

  if   [ $EUID = 0 ];        then $*
  elif [ -x /usr/bin/sudo ]; then sudo $*
  else                            su -c \\"$*\\"

export -f as_root


If installing in /opt and there is an existing /opt/kf5 either as a regular directory or a symbolic link, it should be reinitialized (as root):

mv -v /opt/kf5 /opt/kf5.old                         &&
install -v -dm755           $KF5_PREFIX/{etc,share} &&
ln -sfv /etc/dbus-1         $KF5_PREFIX/etc         &&
ln -sfv /usr/share/dbus-1   $KF5_PREFIX/share

First, start a subshell that will exit on error:

bash -e

Install all of the packages by running the following commands:

while read -r line; do

    # Get the file name, ignoring comments and blank lines
    if $(echo $line | grep -E -q '^ *$|^#' ); then continue; fi
    file=$(echo $line | cut -d" " -f2)

    pkg=$(echo $file|sed 's|^.*/||')          # Remove directory
    packagedir=$(echo $pkg|sed 's|\.tar.*||') # Package directory

    name=$(echo $pkg|sed 's|-5.*$||') # Isolate package name

    tar -xf $file
    pushd $packagedir
      mkdir build
      cd    build

            -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=$QT5DIR        \
            -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release         \
            -DBUILD_TESTING=OFF                \
            -Wno-dev ..
      as_root make install

  as_root rm -rf $packagedir
  as_root /sbin/ldconfig

done < frameworks-5.60.0.md5



Any modules that have been omitted can be installed later by using the same mkdir build; cd build; cmake; make; make install procedure as above.

Sometimes the installation paths are hardcoded into installed files. If the installed directory is not /usr, rename the directory and create a symlink:

mv -v /opt/kf5 /opt/kf5-5.60.0
ln -sfvn kf5-5.60.0 /opt/kf5

Command Explanations

-DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=$QT5DIR: This switch is used to allow cmake to find the proper Qt libraries.

-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release: This switch is used to apply higher level of the compiler optimizations.

-DBUILD_TESTING=OFF: This switch is used to prevent building test programs and libraries that are of no use to an end user.


Installed Programs: There are 48 programs installed in /opt/kf5/bin.
Installed Libraries: There are too many kf5 libraries (191) to list separately.
Installed Directories: /opt/kf5 (symlink to /opt/kf5-5.60.0)

Short Descriptions


is a tool to check for syntax errors in KDE DocBook XML files.


is a tool to generate a dependency diagram.


is a tool to generate a dependency diagram for all frameworks at once..


is a tool to prepare dot files.


is a tool to convert a .desktop file to a .json file.


is the KDE Plasma Workspace Activity Manager.


rebuilds the KService desktop file system configuration cache.


is a command line interface to the HTTP cookie store used by KDE, a D-BUS service to store/retrieve/clean cookies.


consolidates several small services in one process.


is a process launcher somewhat similar to the famous init used for booting UNIX.


is a command line program used to retrieve information about KDE installation or user paths.


executes kross scripts written in KDE Javascript, Python, Ruby, Java and Falcon.


is a tool to generate API documentation in the KDE style.


generates widget plugins for Qt(TM) Designer.


is a daemon use to register the key bindings and for getting notified when the action triggered.


is KDE ECMAScript/JavaScript engine.


is a tool for launching KJSEmbed scripts from the command line.


is a console for kjs5.


is a mail service.


is a commandline tool for launching kpackage QML application


is a command line kpackage tool.


is a command line tool to retrieve values from KDE configuration files.


start applications via kdeinit.


is a telnet service.


is a helper program to handle the KDE trash can.


is the wallet manager daemon.


is a command line tool to write values in KDE configuration files.


converts DocBook files to HTML.


is a tool to install, list, remove Plasma packages


is a script to extract the text from a tips file.


is a command line tool to investigate available devices.

Last updated on 2019-07-13 17:11:00 -0500