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Release of KDE Frameworks 5.37.0

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August 13, 2017. KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.37.0.

KDE Frameworks are 70 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

New framework: kirigami, a set of QtQuick plugins to build user interfaces based on the KDE UX guidelines

Breeze Icons

  • update .h and .h++ colors (bug 376680)
  • remove ktorrent small monochrome icon (bug 381370)
  • bookmarks is an action icon not a folder icon (bug 381383)
  • update utilities-system-monitor (bug 381420)

Extra CMake Modules

  • Add --gradle to androiddeployqt
  • Fix install apk target
  • Fix usage of query_qmake: differ between calls expecting qmake or not
  • Add API dox for KDEInstallDirs' KDE_INSTALL_USE_QT_SYS_PATHS
  • Add a metainfo.yaml to make ECM a proper framework
  • Android: scan for qml files in the source dir, not in the install dir


  • emit runningActivityListChanged on activity creation

KDE Doxygen Tools

  • Escape HTML from search query


  • Add Conan files, as a first experiment to Conan support


  • Allow to build KConfig without Qt5Gui
  • Standard shortcuts: use Ctrl+PageUp/PageDown for prev/next tab


  • Remove unused init() declaration from K_PLUGIN_FACTORY_DECLARATION_WITH_BASEFACTORY_SKEL
  • New spdx API on KAboutLicense to get SPDX license expressions
  • kdirwatch: Avoid potential crash if d-ptr destroyed before KDirWatch (bug 381583)
  • Fix display of formatDuration with rounding (bug 382069)


  • fix plasmashell unsetting QSG_RENDER_LOOP

KDELibs 4 Support

  • Fix 'Deprecated hint for KUrl::path() is wrong on Windows' (bug 382242)
  • Update kdelibs4support to use the target based support provided by kdewin
  • Mark constructors as deprecated too
  • Sync KDE4Defaults.cmake from kdelibs


  • Add support for the new widget kpasswordlineedit


  • Support SVG too (bug 355872)


  • Allow loading i18n catalogs from arbitrary locations
  • Make sure that the tsfiles target is generated


  • Only require Qt5X11Extras when we actually need it


  • Use proper feature flag to include kill(2)


  • Add new method urlSelectionRequested to KUrlNavigator
  • KUrlNavigator: expose the KUrlNavigatorButton that received a drop event
  • Stash without asking the user with a Copy/Cancel popup
  • Ensure KDirLister updates items whose target URL has changed (bug 382341)
  • Make advanced options of "open with" dialog collabsible and hidden by default (bug 359233)


  • Give a parent to KMoreToolsMenuFactory menus
  • When requesting from the cache, report all entries at bulk

KPackage Framework

  • kpackagetool now can output appstream data to a file
  • adopt new KAboutLicense::spdx


  • Reset url in closeUrl()
  • Add template for a simple kpart-based application


  • Handle fine-grained wheel event in zooming
  • Add template for a ktexteditor plugin
  • copy permissions from original file on save copy (bug 377373)
  • perhaps avoid stringbuild crash (bug 339627)
  • fix problem with * adding for lines outside of comments (bug 360456)
  • fix save as copy, it missed to allow overwriting the destination file (bug 368145)
  • Command 'set-highlight': Join args with space
  • fix crash on view destruction because of non-deterministic cleanup of objects
  • Emit signals from icon border when no mark was clicked
  • Fix crash in vi input mode (sequence: "o" "Esc" "O" "Esc" ".") (bug 377852)
  • Use mutually exclusive group in Default Mark Type


  • Mark MPa and PSI as common units

KWallet Framework

  • Use CMAKE_INSTALL_BINDIR for dbus service generation


  • Destroy all kwayland objects created by registry when it is destroyed
  • Emit connectionDied if the QPA is destroyed
  • [client] Track all created ConnectionThreads and add API to access them
  • [server] Send text input leave if focused surface gets unbound
  • [server] Send pointer leave if focused surface gets unbound
  • [client] Properly track enteredSurface in Keyboard
  • [server] Send keyboard leave when client destroys the focused surface (bug 382280)
  • check Buffer validity (bug 381953)


  • Extract lineedit password widget => new class KPasswordLineEdit
  • Fixed a crash when searching with accessibility support enabled (bug 374933)
  • [KPageListViewDelegate] Pass widget to drawPrimitive in drawFocus


  • Remove header reliance on QWidget




  • Adding support to ipv*.route-metric
  • Fix undefined NM_SETTING_WIRELESS_POWERSAVE_FOO enums (bug 382051)

Plasma Framework

  • [Containment Interface] always emit contextualActionsAboutToShow for containment
  • Treat Button/ToolButton labels as plaintext
  • Don't perform wayland specific fixes when on X (bug 381130)
  • Add KF5WindowSystem to link interface
  • Declare AppManager.js as pragma library
  • [PlasmaComponents] Remove Config.js
  • default to plain text for labels
  • Load translations from KPackage files if bundled (bug 374825)
  • [PlasmaComponents Menu] Don't crash on null action
  • [Plasma Dialog] Fix flag conditions
  • update akregator system tray icon (bug 379861)
  • [Containment Interface] Keep containment in RequiresAttentionStatus while context menu is open (bug 351823)
  • Fix tab bar layout key handling in RTL (bug 379894)


  • Allow to build Sonnet without Qt5Widgets
  • cmake: rewrite FindHUNSPELL.cmake to use pkg-config

Syntax Highlighting

  • Allow to build KSyntaxHighlighter without Qt5Gui
  • Add cross-compilation support for the highlighting indexer
  • Themes: Remove all unused metadata (license, author, read-only)
  • Theme: Remove license and author fields
  • Theme: Derive read-only flag from file on disk
  • Add syntax highlighting for YANG data modeling language
  • PHP: Add PHP 7 keywords (bug 356383)
  • PHP: Clean up PHP 5 information
  • fix gnuplot, make leading/trailing spaces fatal
  • fix 'else if' detection, we need to switch context, add extra rule
  • indexer checks for leading/trailing whitespaces in XML highlighting
  • Doxygen: Add Doxyfile highlighting
  • add missing standard types to C highlighting and update to C11 (bug 367798)
  • Q_PI D => Q_PID
  • PHP: Improve highlighting of variables in curly braces in double quotes (bug 382527)
  • Add PowerShell highlighting
  • Haskell: Add file extension .hs-boot (bootstrap module) (bug 354629)
  • Fix replaceCaptures() to work with more than 9 captures
  • Ruby: Use WordDetect instead of StringDetect for full word matching
  • Fix incorrect highlighting for BEGIN and END in words such as "EXTENDED" (bug 350709)
  • PHP: Remove mime_content_type() from list of deprecated functions (bug 371973)
  • XML: Add XBEL extension/mimetype to xml highlighting (bug 374573)
  • Bash: Fix incorrect highlighting for command options (bug 375245)
  • Perl: Fix heredoc highlighting with leading spaces in the delimiter (bug 379298)
  • Update SQL (Oracle) syntax file (bug 368755)
  • C++: Fix '-' is not a part of UDL String (bug 380408)
  • C++: printf format specifies: add 'n' and 'p', remove 'P' (bug 380409)
  • C++: Fix char value have the color of the strings (bug 380489)
  • VHDL: Fix highlighting error when using brackets and attributes (bug 368897)
  • zsh highlighting: Fix math expression in a substring expression (bug 380229)
  • JavaScript Highlighting: Add support for E4X xml extension (bug 373713)
  • Remove "*.conf" extension rule
  • Pug/Jade syntax


  • Add missing export to QueueSignals

Security information

The released code has been GPG-signed using the following key: pub rsa2048/58D0EE648A48B3BB 2016-09-05 David Faure <faure@kde.org> Primary key fingerprint: 53E6 B47B 45CE A3E0 D5B7 4577 58D0 EE64 8A48 B3BB

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 5.37.0 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE Frameworks 5.37.0 are available from the KDE Frameworks 5.37.0 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 5.37.0 requires Qt 5.7.

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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