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Be aware that beta testing is potentially dangerous to your installation. Don't install beta versions on production systems. If you are aware of the risks and that's ok for you: Keep on. Your help is appreciated. Nevertheless, especially for beta versions goes: This software comes with no warranty at all!

  • Before starting beta testing it's a good idea to make a backup of your configuration, stored in
    and your application data, stored in
  • If you found a bug or have a feature request, let us know by filing it in the KDE Bug Tracker.

Current dependencies

Build dependencies

  • CMake 2.8.12 or higher.
  • Qt v5.5.0 or higher.
  • KDE Frameworks v5.25.0 or higher.
  • Phonon4Qt5 v4.6.60 or higher.
  • Optional: Qt Cryptographic Architecture (QCA) v2.1.0 or higher for encryption support (Blowfish).

Runtime dependencies

  • Optional: A QCA provider plugin providing Diffie-Hellman key exchange and Blowfish ECB/CBC support for the encryption features; usually that plugin is qca-ossl.
  • Optional: An installation of KDE's Konsole terminal emulator to provide the KPart component used by the console tabs feature.
  • Optional: Python and Perl interpreters as well the bash shell for bundled scripts.

Manual checkout and update

KDE Frameworks v5 version (Konversation v1.6.x and higher)

To install the latest Konversation development code from Git you first need to clone the repository. For read-only public access, use the following:

 git clone git://anongit.kde.org/konversation

If on the other hand you have a KDE developer account, use this instead to be able to push your changes to the repository later:

 git clone [email protected]:konversation

After having cloned the repository, go on like this:

 cd konversation
 mkdir build
 cd build
 cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debug -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<desired install location> ../
 sudo make install

If you already did the above, just do the following whenever you want to update your checkout and installation: cd konversation; git pull; cd build; make; sudo make install See the links at the bottom of this page for more information on working with Git.

KDE Platform v4 version (Konversation v1.2.x - v1.5.x)

See the separate page.

KDE Platform v3 (Konversation v0.7.x - v1.1.x)

See the separate page.

Live packages

  • ArchLinux users can use the live PKGBUILD available on the ArchLinux page.
  • Gentoo maintains a live ebuild for Konversation in the kde overlay.

Further reading