Follow Techotopia on Twitter

On-line Guides
All Guides
eBook Store
iOS / Android
Linux for Beginners
Office Productivity
Linux Installation
Linux Security
Linux Utilities
Linux Virtualization
Linux Kernel
System/Network Admin
Scripting Languages
Development Tools
Web Development
GUI Toolkits/Desktop
Mail Systems
Eclipse Documentation

How To Guides
General System Admin
Linux Security
Linux Filesystems
Web Servers
Graphics & Desktop
PC Hardware
Problem Solutions
Privacy Policy




Chapter�6.�The Base KDE Applications

Francis Giannaros

What follows is a brief description of a few of the base KDE applications. For more information on any of the applications you should check the links recommended with each respective entry.



KDE's file manager, web browser, FTP client and much more. Konqueror is the canvas for all the latest KDE technology, from KIO slaves (which provide mechanisms for file access) to component embedding, allowing it to be a universal viewing application, capable of displaying various image files as well as documents.

  • Website:

  • View the handbook by typing help:/konqueror in Konqueror's Location Toolbar, or by selecting it in KHelpCenter.


KDE's advanced multi-view text editor. Kate is excellent for things such as viewing the HTML source of a webpage to handling advanced coding in C++, PHP and XML with its powerful syntax highlighting engine and code folding capabilities. Kate is a very speedy application, being capable of opening huge text files in a matter of seconds, as well as allowing you to view a hefty amount of multiple views in order to see more instances of the same document and/or more documents at any particular time.


The X terminal emulator for KDE. Konsole, like many KDE applications, is extremely customizable; while you can create your own user sessions, you can also of course open Linux� console sessions, shell sessions, as well as standard root and sudo sessions.


The KDE Panel, used for handling your currently running applications, a pager allowing you to switch between desktops, quick launch buttons to act as application launchers and much more.


A GUI front-end to the powerful DCOP (Desktop COmmunications Protocol). DCOP provides a comprehensive protocol for interprocess communication between KDE applications. While this is increasingly useful to KDE programmers, it is also beneficial to the ordinary user who would want to create a script, or, say, a SuperKaramba theme.


The control center for the K Desktop Environment. You can alter a myriad of different things, ranging from themes, fonts and screensavers, to Internet, security and system administration.


The KDE help system is used to provide access to the base UNIX� help pages (man or info) as well as the native KDE documentation provided by the KDE documentation team or the application authors. You should be able to access all of the KDE application handbooks from here.

Related Information

  • -- The largest directory of third-party KDE applications.

  • As you may have noticed, a wealth of information is accessible from the respective handbooks themselves, which can be accessed either by using the help KIO slave in Konqueror (that is, type help:/ application in the Location toolbar), or by selecting it in the KHelpCenter.

  • You can also likely find out quite a bit of information from the KDE website, itself, at

  Published under the terms of the GNU General Public License Design by Interspire