KDE Releases Frameworks 5.75.0

October 05, 2020. KDE today announces the release of KDE Frameworks 5.75.0.

KDE Frameworks are over 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 KDE Frameworks web page.

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


  • [AdvancedQueryParser] Relax parsing of string ending with parentheses
  • [AdvancedQueryParser] Relax parsing of string ending with comparator
  • [AdvancedQueryParser] Fix out-of-bound access if last character is a comparator
  • [Term] Replace Term::Private constructor with default values
  • [BasicIndexingJob] Shortcut XAttr retrieval for files without attributes
  • [extractor] Fix document type in extraction result
  • Relicense file to LGPL-2.0-or-later


  • Add rfkill property to manager
  • Add status property to rfkill
  • Register Rfkill for QML
  • Export Rfkill
  • Support providing service data values for LE advertisements

Breeze Icons

  • Add new generic “behavior” icon
  • Make icon validation depend on icon generation only if enabled
  • Replace 24px icon bash script with python script
  • Use flag style iconography for view-calendar-holiday
  • Add Plasma Nano logo
  • Add application-x-kmymoney
  • Add KMyMoney icon

Extra CMake Modules

  • fix fetch-translations for invent urls
  • Include FeatureSummary and find modules
  • Introduce plausibility check for outbound license
  • Add CheckAtomic.cmake
  • Fix configuring with pthread on Android 32 bit
  • add RENAME parameter to ecm_generate_dbus_service_file
  • Fix find_library on Android with NDK < 22
  • Explicitly sort Android version lists
  • Store Android {min,target,compile}Sdk in variables

KDE Doxygen Tools


  • Relicense file to LGPL-2.0-or-later


  • use new install var (bug 415938)
  • Mark David Edmundson as maintainer for KAuth


  • Relicense file to LGPL-2.0-or-later


  • Remove handling for inside events from tab hack (bug 423080)


  • Relicense files to LGPL-2.0-or-later


  • CMake: Also set SKIP_AUTOUIC on generated files
  • Use reverse order in KDesktopFile::locateLocal to iterate over generic config paths


  • Fix isDefault that cause the KCModule to not properly update its default state
  • [kcolorscheme]: Add isColorSetSupported to check if a colour scheme has a given color set
  • [kcolorscheme] Properly read custom Inactive colors for the backgrounds


  • Remove obsolete license file for LGPL-2.0-only
  • Relicense files to LGPL-2.0-or-later


  • KJob: emit result() and finished() at most once
  • Add protected KJob::isFinished() getter
  • Deprecate KRandomSequence in favour of QRandomGenerator
  • Initialize variable in header class + const’ify variable/pointer
  • harden message-based tests against environment (bug 387006)
  • simplify qrc watching test (bug 387006)
  • refcount and delete KDirWatchPrivate instances (bug 423928)
  • Deprecate KBackup::backupFile() due to lost functionality
  • Deprecate KBackup::rcsBackupFile(…) due to no known users


  • Relicense files to LGPL-2.0-or-later


  • QML for I18n are added in KF 5.17
  • Relicense files to LGPL-2.0-or-later
  • Block shortcuts when recording key sequences (bug 425979)
  • Add SettingHighlighter as a manual version of the highlighting done by SettingStateBinding

KDELibs 4 Support

  • KStandardDirs: always resolve symlinks for config files


  • Uncommented description fields for mt_* holiday files
  • Add national holidays for Malta in both English (en-gb) and Maltese (mt)


  • Relicense file to LGPL-2.0-or-later


  • KUrlNavigator: always use “desktop:/” not “desktop:”
  • Support DuckDuckGo bang syntax in Webshortcuts (bug 374637)
  • KNewFileMenu: KIO::mostLocalUrl is useful with :local protocols only
  • Deprecate KIO::pixmapForUrl
  • kio_trash: remove unnecessarily strict permission check (bug 76380)
  • OpenUrlJob: handle all text scripts consistently (bug 425177)
  • KProcessRunner: more systemd metadata
  • KDirOperator: don’t call setCurrentItem on an empty url (bug 425163)
  • KNewFileMenu: fix creating new dir with name starting with ‘:’ (bug 425396)
  • StatJob: make it clearer that mostLocalUrl works only with :local protocols
  • Document how to add new “random” roles in kfileplacesmodel.h
  • Remove old kio_fonts hack in KCoreDirLister, hostname was stripped incorrectly
  • KUrlCompletion: accommodate “:local” protocols that use hostname in url
  • Split code of addServiceActionsTo method into smaller methods
  • [kio] BUG: Allowing double-quotes in open/save dialog (bug 185433)
  • StatJob: cancel job if url is invalid (bug 426367)
  • Connect slots explicitly instead of using auto-connections
  • Make filesharingpage API actually work


  • AbstractApplicationHeader: anchors.fill instead of position-dependent anchoring
  • Improve look and consistency of GlobalDrawerActionItem
  • Remove form indent for narrow layouts
  • Revert “allow customize the header colors”
  • allow customize the header colors
  • Add missing @since for the painted area properties
  • Introduce QtQuick Image style paintedWidth/paintedHeight properties
  • Add a placeholder image property to icon (in the style of fallback)
  • Remove Icon’s custom implicitWidth/implicitHeight behavior
  • Guard potentially-null pointer (turns out to be surprisingly common)
  • protected setStatus
  • Introduce status property
  • Support ImageResponse and Texture type image providers in Kirigami::Icon
  • Warn people not to use ScrollView in ScrollablePage
  • Revert “always show separator”
  • make mobilemode support custom title delegates
  • Hide breadcrumbs separator line if buttons layout is visible but 0 width (bug 426738)
  • [icon] Consider icon invalid when source is an empty URL
  • Change Units.fontMetrics to actually use FontMetrics
  • Add Kirigami.FormData.labelAlignment property
  • always show separator
  • Use Header colors for desktop style AbstractApplicationHeader
  • Use the context of the component when creating delegates for ToolBarLayout
  • Abort and delete incubators when deleting ToolBarLayoutDelegate
  • Remove actions and delegates from ToolBarLayout when they get destroyed (bug 425670)
  • Replace use of c-style pointer cast in sizegroup
  • binary constants are a C++14 extension
  • sizegroup: Fix enum not handled warnings
  • sizegroup: Fix 3arg connects
  • sizegroup: Add CONSTANT to signal
  • Fix a few cases of using range loops on non-const Qt containers
  • Constrain button height in global toolbar
  • Display a separator between breadcrumbs and the icons to the left
  • Size ApplicationHeaders using the SizeGroup
  • Introduce SizeGroup
  • Fix: make refresh indicator appear above list headers
  • put overlaysheets over drawers


  • ignore sourceDataChanged on invalid indexes
  • Support for KDescendantProxyModel “collapsing” nodes


  • Manually track the life cycle of our kpackage runner internals
  • Update versions for “fake” kpackage updates (bug 427201)
  • Do not use default parameter when not needed
  • Fix crash when installing kpackages (bug 426732)
  • Detect when the cache changes and react accordingly
  • Fix updating of entry if version number is empty (bug 417510)
  • Const’ify pointer + initialize variable in header
  • Relicense file to LGPL-2.0-or-later
  • Accept suggest takeover of maintainership


  • Lower Android plugin until new Gradle is available
  • Use Android SDK versions from ECM
  • Deprecate KNotification constructor taking widget parameter

KPackage Framework

  • Fix DBus notifications when installed/updated
  • Relicense file to LGPL-2.0-or-later


  • Install krop & krwp servicetype definition files by file name matching type


  • Avoid binding loop inside Legend
  • Remove check for GLES3 in SDFShader (bug 426458)


  • Add matchRegex property to prevent unnecessary thread spawning
  • Allow to set actions in QueryMatch
  • Allow to specify individual actions for D-Bus runner matches
  • Relicense files to LGPL-2.0-or-later
  • Add min letter count property
  • Consider XDG_DATA_HOME env variable for template install dirs
  • Improve error messages for D-Bus runners
  • Start to emit metadata porting warnings at runtime


  • bring back disableAutoRebuild from the brink (bug 423931)


  • [kateprinter] Portaway from deprecated QPrinter methods
  • Don’t create temporary buffer to detect mimetype for saved local file
  • avoid hang due to dictionary and trigrams loading on first typing
  • [Vimode] Always show a-z buffers in lower case
  • [KateFadeEffect] emit hideAnimationFinished() when a fade out is interrupted by a fade in
  • ensure pixel perfect border even for scaled rendering
  • ensure we overpaint the border separator over all other stuff like folding highlights
  • move separator from between icon border and line numbers to between bar and text
  • [Vimode] Fix behavior of numbered registers
  • [Vimode] Put deleted text to the proper register
  • Restore behavior of find selected when no selection is available
  • no further LGPL-2.1-only or LGPL-3.0-only files
  • re-license files to LGPL-2.0-or-later
  • use not needed set method for some theme colors
  • 5.75 will be once incompatible, default to ‘Auto Color Theme Selection’ for themes
  • alter scheme => theme in the code to avoid confusion
  • shorten proposed license header to current state
  • ensure we always end up with some valid theme
  • improve Copy… dialog
  • fix more new => copy naming
  • add some KMessageWidget that hints for read-only themes to copy them, rename new => copy
  • disable editing of read-only themes
  • saving of highlighting specific style overrides works, only diffs are saved
  • simplify attribute creation, transparent colors are now properly handled in Format
  • try to limit export to changes attributes, this halfway works, but we still export the wrong names for included definitions
  • start to compute the ‘real’ defaults based on current theme and formats without style overrides for the highlighting
  • fix reset action
  • storing of syntax specific overrides, at the moment just all stuff that got loaded into the tree view is stored
  • start to work on syntax highlighting specific overrides, at the moment, show just the styles a highlighting really has itself
  • allow default style changes changes to be saved
  • allow color changes to be saved
  • implement theme export: simple file copy
  • no highlighting specific import/export, makes no sense with new .theme format
  • implement .theme file import
  • theme new & delete work, new will copy the current theme as start point
  • use theme colors everywhere
  • rip out more old schema code in favor of KSyntaxHighlighting::Theme
  • start to use the colors as set by the theme, without own logic around this
  • initialize m_pasteSelection and increase UI file version
  • add shortcut for paste mouse selection
  • avoid setTheme, we just can pass our theme to the helper functions
  • fix tooltip, this will just reset to theme default
  • export default styles configuration to json theme
  • start to work on theme json export, activated by using the .theme extension in the export dialog
  • rename ‘Use KDE Color Theme’ to ‘Use Default Colors’, that is the actual effect
  • don’t ship empty ‘KDE’ theme by default
  • support automatic selection of right theme for current Qt/KDE color theme
  • convert old theme names to new ones, use new config file, transfer data once
  • move font config to appearance, rename scheme => color theme
  • remove hardcoded default theme name, use KSyntaxHighlighting accessors
  • load fallback colors from theme
  • don’t bundle embedded colors at all
  • use right function to lookup theme
  • editor colors are now used from Theme
  • use the KSyntaxHighlighting::Theme::EditorColorRole enum
  • handle Normal => Default transition
  • first step: load theme list from KSyntaxHighlighting, now we have them already as known schemes in KTextEditor


  • Use uppercase for Fuel Efficiency


  • Don’t cache QList::end() iterator if erase() is used


  • kviewstateserializer.cpp - crash guards in restoreScrollBarState()


  • Relicense files to be compatible with LGPL-2.1


  • [kmainwindow] Don’t delete entries from an invalid kconfiggroup (bug 427236)
  • Don’t overlap main windows when opening additional instances (bug 426725)
  • [kmainwindow] Don’t create native windows for non-toplevel windows (bug 424024)
  • KAboutApplicationDialog: avoid empty “Libraries” tab if HideKdeVersion is set
  • Show language code in addition to (translated) language name in switch application language dialog
  • Deprecate KShortcutsEditor::undoChanges() in favour of new undo()
  • Handle double close in main window (bug 416728)

Plasma Framework

  • Fix plasmoidheading.svgz being installed to the wrong place (bug 426537)
  • Provide a lastModified value in ThemeTest
  • Detect that we are looking for an empty element and quit early
  • Make PlasmaComponents3 Tooltips use the typical tooltip style (bug 424506)
  • Use Header colors in PlasmoidHeading headers
  • Change PC2 TabBar highlight movement animation easing type to OutCubic
  • Add support for Tooltip color set
  • Fix PC3 Button/ToolButton icons not always having the right color set (bug 426556)
  • Ensure FrameSvg uses lastModified timestamp when using cache (bug 426674)
  • Ensure we always have a valid lastModified timestamp when setImagePath is called
  • Deprecate a lastModified timestamp of 0 in Theme::findInCache (bug 426674)
  • Adapt QQC2 import to new versioning scheme
  • [windowthumbnail] Verify that the relevant GLContext exists, not any
  • Add missing PlasmaCore import to ButtonRow.qml
  • Fix a few more reference errors in PlasmaExtras.ListItem
  • Fix error for implicitBackgroundWidth in PlasmaExtras.ListItem
  • Call edit mode “Edit Mode”
  • Fix a TypeError in QueryDialog.qml
  • Fix ReferenceError to PlasmaCore in Button.qml


  • Also use highlight text color when checkDelegate is highlighted (bug 427022)
  • Respect scrollbar click to jump to position setting (bug 412685)
  • Don’t inherit colors in desktop toolbar style by default
  • Relicense file to LGPL-2.0-or-later
  • Use header colors only for header toolbars
  • Move color set declaration to a place where it can be overridden
  • Use Header colors for Desktop style ToolBar
  • add the missing isItem property necessary for trees


  • Downgrade trigrams output

Syntax Highlighting

  • AppArmor: fix regexp of paths detection
  • AppArmor: update highlighting for AppArmor 3.0
  • color cache for rgb to ansi256colors conversions (speeds up markdown loading)
  • SELinux: use include keywords
  • SubRip Subtitles & Logcat: small improvements
  • generator for doxygenlua.xml
  • Fix doxygen latex formulas (bug 426466)
  • use Q_ASSERT like in remaining framework + fix asserts
  • rename --format-trace to --syntax-trace
  • apply a style to regions
  • trace contexts and regions
  • use editor background color by default
  • ANSI highlighter
  • Add copyright and update separator color in Radical theme
  • Update separator color in the Solarized themes
  • Improve color of separator and icon border for Ayu, Nord and Vim Dark themes
  • make separator color less intrusive
  • import Kate schema to theme converter by Juraj Oravec
  • more prominent section about licensing, link our MIT.txt copy
  • first template for base16 generator, GitHub - chriskempson/base16: An architecture for building themes
  • add proper license information to all themes
  • Add Radical color theme
  • Add Nord color theme
  • improve themes showcase to show more styles
  • adding gruvbox light and dark themes, MIT licensed
  • Add ayu color theme (with light, dark and mirage variants)
  • Add POSIX alternate for simple variable assignment
  • tools to generate a graph from a syntax file
  • fix auto-conversion of unset QRgb == 0 color to “black” instead of “transparent”
  • Add Debian changelog and control example files
  • add the ‘Dracula’ color theme

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. Get KDE Software on Your Linux Distro wiki page.

Compiling from sources

The complete source code for KDE Frameworks 5.75.0 may be freely downloaded. Instructions on compiling and installing KDE Frameworks 5.75.0 are available from the KDE Frameworks 5.75.0 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 5.75.0 requires Qt 5.12.

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.


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