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-10.1 platform.

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

Package Information

KF5 Dependencies


Boost-1.76.0, extra-cmake-modules-5.83.0, docbook-xml-4.5, docbook-xsl-1.79.2, giflib-5.2.1, libepoxy-1.5.8, libgcrypt-1.9.3, libical-3.0.10, libjpeg-turbo-2.1.0, libpng-1.6.37, libxslt-1.1.34, lmdb-0.9.29, qrencode-4.1.1, phonon-4.11.1, plasma-wayland-protocols-1.3.0, shared-mime-info-2.1, URI-5.09, and Wget-1.21.1 (required to download the packages)



BlueZ-5.60 (needed to build Bluez-Qt), ModemManager-1.16.8 (needed to build ModemManager-Qt), Datamatrix (deemed recommended for Prison by upstream)

Runtime dependency for FrameworkIntegration

Oxygen fonts and Noto fonts

Runtime dependencies for kapidox

Doxygen-1.9.1, Jinja2-3.0.1, and PyYAML-5.3.1

Additional image formats support in KImageFormats

JasPer-2.0.32 and OpenEXR

Optional dependencies for KIO

MIT Kerberos V5-1.19.1

Optional dependencies for Solid

UDisks-2.9.2, UPower-0.99.12 and media-player-info (runtime)

Optional dependency for KWallet

GPGME-1.16.0, built with C++ bindings (which is the default).

Optional dictionary backends for Sonnet

Hspell and Hunspell

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-5.83.0.md5 << "EOF"
097b4993b4a0617da23169cb700b9aea  attica-5.83.0.tar.xz
#55bc49a143f7f3bd84be33487754d7ce  extra-cmake-modules-5.83.0.tar.xz
e51e99298f120685173b20b7a5424cbf  kapidox-5.83.0.tar.xz
3a1f257017daa46c7546604ee3cfd49f  karchive-5.83.0.tar.xz
b1961560b1b2d32ccabe9643a81cbf8a  kcodecs-5.83.0.tar.xz
15bcc157dbdc82e7d327f6e6b5c8a629  kconfig-5.83.0.tar.xz
efd932fba481c66fe1a95f302dbb1c12  kcoreaddons-5.83.0.tar.xz
9e6983cf290a38dc3338ca7e32a0ba8e  kdbusaddons-5.83.0.tar.xz
f6e5e46a03c6fa411aec719cf77a04c9  kdnssd-5.83.0.tar.xz
e1bd18f9909771246aee7a62c23589c1  kguiaddons-5.83.0.tar.xz
670b8fd9364e45eebfabc9296ad74c0f  ki18n-5.83.0.tar.xz
3753737062f49b4959c13a716eef34d2  kidletime-5.83.0.tar.xz
a83d9c18e7878d2b5b5faf6537615a4a  kimageformats-5.83.0.tar.xz
8aa69a454c71d2e314766acd510971c7  kitemmodels-5.83.0.tar.xz
f5c7b7bb2a291cfd4dbe19be0fa8f525  kitemviews-5.83.0.tar.xz
57127813bd2cdfc6a394b3632836802b  kplotting-5.83.0.tar.xz
2382b6171368fd22c02f22719ed4743b  kwidgetsaddons-5.83.0.tar.xz
aa335a22d690a00edbd1c6a82e81a54a  kwindowsystem-5.83.0.tar.xz
0d9475df3894a4df77fa4d414f45fd24  networkmanager-qt-5.83.0.tar.xz
18d74435a7e28b657eec509449a43165  solid-5.83.0.tar.xz
6b0cd6fc363e3f6647d11aac71d50735  sonnet-5.83.0.tar.xz
f2e35efcca26f1610d1395a6064b8464  threadweaver-5.83.0.tar.xz
92189db0b4f467333538db10bf581b9c  kauth-5.83.0.tar.xz
583a4579f0eb287fd78066544f708c62  kcompletion-5.83.0.tar.xz
4e4a43ce9b31e74dc6600ab7532795f8  kcrash-5.83.0.tar.xz
cddee0758a64f7450fec5be9ef51a622  kdoctools-5.83.0.tar.xz
40c9344b13c1f1e1e5df113580c91273  kpty-5.83.0.tar.xz
fd4f72b8be04c8b9a816481b49e3ac4c  kunitconversion-5.83.0.tar.xz
b5d7b75f085315d5555a2136b92baadf  kconfigwidgets-5.83.0.tar.xz
74d6b926d6d44e5c157e73eb53fe5608  kservice-5.83.0.tar.xz
d41b200572c140fbf2b9b941fed8313c  kglobalaccel-5.83.0.tar.xz
d3e5abf0de158dc55e3d9d4e6be46c78  kpackage-5.83.0.tar.xz
4951fdd7ea4b29a040c4582acc5a6656  kdesu-5.83.0.tar.xz
0b4fffe350936bbbf496373e9e23afd9  kemoticons-5.83.0.tar.xz
ce1811b516dc03ac9ec09df5ff480f7f  kiconthemes-5.83.0.tar.xz
6b2f515b5f81a509c2b19bf6b21e82e4  kjobwidgets-5.83.0.tar.xz
1cf9e98907b3b580e6e07b14e95f7cf3  knotifications-5.83.0.tar.xz
fc0800cd44688f39d707b1266ed83db0  ktextwidgets-5.83.0.tar.xz
2d88a96007f45e830732f9d4c66e59d5  kxmlgui-5.83.0.tar.xz
324cd55911564550a71ffca44087d668  kbookmarks-5.83.0.tar.xz
e311f1598604149c1ed80f802d39313a  kwallet-5.83.0.tar.xz
0daa12c1ae60d9706a5adc830428f1d7  kded-5.83.0.tar.xz
862393ca8004e562ac0b1e4b13740f5c  kio-5.83.0.tar.xz
5b577463ea51e7552f190e7f6aea70f0  kdeclarative-5.83.0.tar.xz
36ea6fca0ba77905d70c521a73078e40  kcmutils-5.83.0.tar.xz
6eab2659bfb2c83e83b23a9e6b55f0df  kirigami2-5.83.0.tar.xz
264242f6a91712a4ad2a130aaa59f5c4  knewstuff-5.83.0.tar.xz
3583db08a0df8ed0016b9574f7e632ba  frameworkintegration-5.83.0.tar.xz
8ecc3a902f24715ad54d7815872624ee  kinit-5.83.0.tar.xz
9c5d256769e87fa6f051c43e6f11b3e9  kparts-5.83.0.tar.xz
d4a463069660ee0b438d1f4dc42a2709  kactivities-5.83.0.tar.xz
#bc2ac2dbf3ce0f55fbc14dcb8d589d15  kdewebkit-5.83.0.tar.xz
631415970e70fd2b83fc839f3d92e8b8  syntax-highlighting-5.83.0.tar.xz
81799b48afc47c5a4ba98d389785a5e6  ktexteditor-5.83.0.tar.xz
7e080e9fa797ee95eb07a67e1c80f655  kdesignerplugin-5.83.0.tar.xz
8122eddcfa21c55e9213cc3be7b9df90  kwayland-5.83.0.tar.xz
b3e9a64c110fdc3a27bc17cd80b6d164  plasma-framework-5.83.0.tar.xz
#4b428df5ea177c2e1a4a6330edc53dd3  modemmanager-qt-5.83.0.tar.xz
29b67e463fc962636a3f0d2fc6b13995  kpeople-5.83.0.tar.xz
fa051e90fe151c8560061047d6690aa7  kxmlrpcclient-5.83.0.tar.xz
d3d6bfc0d10fa6028aa08f41dacb0311  bluez-qt-5.83.0.tar.xz
6986a9a621cfa41d41523bd45ec618c7  kfilemetadata-5.83.0.tar.xz
a91e90b8214a7f755e3fff2b1152f2e9  baloo-5.83.0.tar.xz
#f79169db5aa79b95a4a5175e83819881  breeze-icons-5.83.0.tar.xz
#aa386f8ea2cbbc7536afce0788e0d65f  oxygen-icons5-5.83.0.tar.xz
758bca0e0aed13cf2b1aacb8841980fe  kactivities-stats-5.83.0.tar.xz
32d978c91aa57eefb8c45621263d4e68  krunner-5.83.0.tar.xz
be3d83926173373a1d280f1e2f7efd09  prison-5.83.0.tar.xz
24ffdc72d8a214de32c20d250be0c04a  qqc2-desktop-style-5.83.0.tar.xz
b4aa081c61c3aae8fc118f2beda9e2fa  kjs-5.83.0.tar.xz
da880b6332c697dab9ec0462ad6d1211  kdelibs4support-5.83.0.tar.xz
1809d97013cfe0632749b261d6e2e23c  khtml-5.83.0.tar.xz
bfa19afef00d5ec16ba4eec4740e16b1  kjsembed-5.83.0.tar.xz
a22bd302abfd5cf7d04f4536984c18d4  kmediaplayer-5.83.0.tar.xz
4f361c13e14ec2f84a3ed27c4ef489c7  kross-5.83.0.tar.xz
19da54eb84028eced1488eecc900e904  kholidays-5.83.0.tar.xz
e019d11c2199702c4b71d27d129112cd  purpose-5.83.0.tar.xz
64aa0fdc8f79981406292ec97cd8377c  kcalendarcore-5.83.0.tar.xz
534a1e17069dfce92f40ccbbbf2f1a9d  kcontacts-5.83.0.tar.xz
0e72a291935dd801c776f9b3f38a437b  kquickcharts-5.83.0.tar.xz
019fdc279d35179cae1cdfe034f218b9  knotifyconfig-5.83.0.tar.xz
f9657312696c0aab7f7ddbe9402671fa  syndication-5.83.0.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-5.83.0 and oxygen-icons5-5.83.0. The modemmanager-qt package may be built if its optional dependency has been 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-1.9.7p1 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       &&
install -v -dm755           $KF5_PREFIX/lib         &&
ln -sfv /usr/lib/systemd    $KF5_PREFIX/lib

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

      case $name in
          sed -i "61s/OpenGL::/GL /" src/declarativeimports/core/CMakeLists.txt ;;

      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-5.83.0.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/kf5-5.83.0
ln -sfvn kf5-5.83.0 /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: balooctl, baloo_file, baloo_file_extractor, baloosearch, balooshow, checkXML5, depdiagram-generate, depdiagram-generate-all, depdiagram-prepare, desktoptojson, gentrigrams, kactivities-cli, kapidox_generate, kate-syntax-highlighter, kbuildsycoca5, kcookiejar5, kdebugdialog5, kded5, kdeinit5, kdeinit5_shutdown, kdeinit5_wrapper, kf5-config, kf5kross, kgendesignerplugin, kglobalaccel5, kiconfinder5, kjs5, kjscmd5, kjsconsole, knewstuff-dialog, kpackagelauncherqml, kpackagetool5, kquitapp5, kreadconfig5, kshell5, ktelnetservice5, ktrash5, kwalletd5, kwallet-query, kwrapper5, kwriteconfig5, meinproc5, parsetrigrams, plasmapkg2, preparetips5, protocoltojson, and solid-hardware5
Installed Libraries:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and
Installed Directories: /opt/kf5 (symlink to /opt/kf5-5.83.0) if installing in /opt

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


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


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 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 Mon Jun 14 15:08:40 2021