Introduction to K3b

The K3b package contains a KDE-based graphical interface to the Cdrtools and dvd+rw-tools CD/DVD manipulation tools. It also combines the capabilities of many other multimedia packages into one central interface to provide a simple-to-operate application that can be used to handle many of your CD/DVD recording and formatting requirements. It is used for creating audio, data, video and mixed-mode CDs as well as copying, ripping and burning CDs and DVDs.

Though K3b can be used to copy almost any DVD to similar medium, it does not provide a way to copy, or reproduce a double-layer DVD onto single-layer medium. Of course, there is not a program anywhere on any platform that can make an exact duplicate of a double-layer DVD onto a single-layer disk, there are programs on some platforms that can compress the data on a double-layer DVD to fit on a single-layer DVD producing a duplicate, but compressed, image. If you need to copy the contents of a double-layer DVD to single-layer medium, you may want to look at the RMLCopyDVD package.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.4 platform.

Package Information

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K3b Dependencies


kde-runtime-4.11.1, libkcddb-4.11.1, and libsamplerate-0.1.8

There are programs from three packages that K3b will look for at runtime: Cdrtools (required to burn CD-ROM media), dvd+rw-tools-7.1 (required to burn or format DVD media), and Cdrdao-1.2.3 (required to burn CD-ROM media in DAO (Disk At Once) mode). If you don't need the capability provided by any of the three packages, you don't have to install it. However, a warning message will be generated every time you run the k3b program if any are not installed.



FLAC-1.3.0, LAME-3.99.5, libmad-0.15.1b, libsndfile-1.0.25, libvorbis-1.3.3, libmusicbrainz (version 2), Musepack (libmpcdec), and VCDImager

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/k3b

Installation of K3b

Install K3b by running the following commands:

patch -Np1 -i ../k3b-2.0.2-ffmpeg_fix-2.patch &&

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

      -DSYSCONF_INSTALL_DIR=/etc/kde     \
      ..  &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Programs: k3b and k3bsetup
Installed Libraries: libk3b.so, libk3bdevice.so and numerous modules for the installed dependencies
Installed Directories: The following subdirectories of $KDE_PREFIX/share/: applnk/Settings/System, apps/k3b, doc/HTML/en/k3b

Short Descriptions


is the graphical CD/DVD program.


is a script used to launch the k3bsetup2 KControlModule for setting up the CD/DVD hardware and device files on your system.

Last updated on 2013-09-01 15:01:22 -0700