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This page aims to get you started with the WIP branch that will one day become Konversation 2.x.

Our mission: Konversation is KDE's chat application for communities. No matter whether someone is a newcomer seeking community, a seasoned participant in one, or a community administrator: our mission is to bring groups of people together, allow them to delight in each other's company, and support their pursuit of shared interests and goals.

Work log

Wondering what's new already? What follows is a (sporadically updated!) list of some of the new features and abilities compared to the stable Konversation 1.7.x version:

New interface layout
* All new clean & modern look
* Responsive/collapsible two-column design enables useful small/mini window mode
* Context sidebar with user list variably as overlay or pinned in place

New text view
* Hanging indent / all messages start at the same column
* Groups consecutive messages by the same author
* Does not repeat timestamp when unnecessary
* Can update colors dynamically for backlog
* New smart text/message selection system that copies exchange-friendly serialization to clipboard
* Start touchscreen message selection by long press and select/deselect by tapping messages
* Improved mouse cursor shape handling (e.g. hand for links)

Improved tab switcher
* Unread mentions counter badges
* Indicating activity that's scrolled out of view at the top or bottom

Redone name/command (tab) completion
* Most-recently-active-nick-first now works in popup mode
* Popup mode has much better ergonomics than before - does not interrupt
  editing flow & doesn't show when only one completion is possible
* Completion now ignores special characters in nicknames
* Basic command completion
* Completion now works in private conversations (all nicks on the server)

Upgraded input field
* You can now have a shared input field (with shared history) between all tabs
* History system now restores cursor position when arrow'ing back down to last 
  edited text

Under the hood
* UI being fully rewritten in Qt Quick & Kirigami
* Model/view architecture now allows dynamic filtering of chat contents
  (e.g. retroactive show/hide of joins and parts) or combined views
* Lower memory usage due to less redundant document data and not keeping 
  unnecessary text views around

Also check out this blog post for our goals!


Work is being carried out on the wip/qtquick branch of the konversation.git repository.

Check out the general build instructions first.

Build dependencies

The WIP branch has higher version demands for some dependencies as well as new dependencies. Specifically:

  • Qt 5.9.x
  • Master branch of KF5::Kirigami (kirigami.git)
  • Master branch of qqc2-desktop-style (qqc2-desktop-style.git)

Getting the branch

In contrast to the general build instructions, either clone this way:

git clone git:// --branch wip/qtquick

... or run these commands in an existing git clone dir:

git fetch origin
git checkout wip/qtquick


NOTE: We're still working on tuning the Flatpak generation. If it's broken, try again the next day - sorry!

We also have a Flatpak nightly package.

Check out the KDE Flatpak HOWTO first.

To install, run:

flatpak remote-add kderuntime --from
flatpak remote-add kdeapps --from
flatpak install kdeapps org.kde.konversation-konvi2x

This will add a "(Nightly) (Konvi2x) Konversation" entry into your desktop menu.

Running the branch (imporant - read here!)

At any time, you can use the F10 key to switch between the old and new Konversation UIs.

The following command line examples expand on each other. To show the new Qt Quick-based UI immediately at start, run Konversation like this:

konversation --qtquick

Konversation is usually only allowed to run once. To bypass this restriction and run a second instance of Konversation, run Konversation like this:

konversation --qtquick --nui

To avoid auto-connecting to your networks with a test build, run Konversation like this:

konversation --qtquick --nui --noautoconnect

This last example is good set of arguments for hacking and testing. Additionally, you can override the UI package with --uipackage <package name>.

Update: The branch now installs a konvi2x executable that's equivalent to konversation --qtquick --nui.


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