Introduction to K3b

The K3b package contains a KF5-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-8.0 platform.

Package Information



This package has been extracted from the developer's git repository because a stable kf5 based release has not yet been made. It extracts to the directory 'k3b'.

K3b Dependencies


KDE Frameworks-5.31.0, libkcddb-16.12.2, libsamplerate-0.1.9, and shared-mime-info-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-1.3.2, LAME-3.99.5, libmad-0.15.1b, libsndfile-1.0.27, libvorbis-1.3.5, libmusicbrainz-2.1.5, and Musepack (libmpcdec)

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

Installation of K3b

Install K3b by running the following commands:



If you use the download link from a browser, you might get a file called k3b-2.0.3a.tar.gz: there are both 2.0.3 and 2.0.3a versions in that directory. There is an old report online which claims that two files in these tarballs differ, but both extract to k3b-2.0.3 and have the same md5sum.

mkdir build &&
cd    build &&

      -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release         \
      -DLIB_INSTALL_DIR=lib              \
      -DBUILD_TESTING=OFF                \
      -Wno-dev ..                        &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install


Installed Programs: k3b
Installed Libraries: libk3blib.so, libk3bdevice.so, and numerous plugin modules for the installed dependencies
Installed Directories: $KF5_PREFIX/share/k3b and $KF5_PREFIX/share/doc/HTML/en/k3b

Short Descriptions


is the graphical CD/DVD program.

Last updated on 2016-08-31 22:11:41 -0500