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Chapter�7.�KDE Extragear Applications

Francis Giannaros

These are applications that are directly associated with KDE, the project, but do not appear and are not shipped with the main KDE distribution. This can be down to a number of reasons, but a common case is either down to a duplication of functionality, or because they're simply too specialised. Perhaps the most popular occurence however is that the developers themselves may not want it to appear in the main KDE distribution; choosing, rather, to handle their own release schedules. Nevertheless, the applications in Extragear are distinguished by KDE, and many are increasingly popular.

Available in the KDE Extragear



An advanced and comprehensive music player with the capability to play MP3, WAV, and OGG audio filetypes and others. There is not room here to mention all of amaroK's features, but by default, amaroK can automatically fetch cover art, embed song lyrics, and display aesthetically pleasing visualizations. amaroK remains, as much of KDE does, highly customizable; it contains a powerful scripting interface, and the context browser can be stylised easily using CSS. amaroK also supports several backends, including GStreamer, xine, NMM, MAS, aKode and aRts.

  • Website:

  • View the handbook by typing help:/amarok in Konqueror's Location Toolbar, or by selecting it in KHelpCenter; if you do not already have amaroK installed (and hence do not have the handbook), then you can view it online here.


The definitive CD/DVD burning application for KDE. With K3b you can create data, video, and audio (it comes with plugins for WAV, MP3, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis) CDs. Projects can be saved and loaded, CD-ripping is supported, and you can appropriately make CD/DVD copies.



A photo management application which can conveniently organize and import digital photos. Features include complete tagging functionality, a plugin system, and a fully-featured comment system. digiKam also makes use of KIPI (KDE Image Plugin Interface), therefore contributing to the initiative to create a common plugin infrastructure, which allows development of image plugins that can be shared among graphical applications in KDE (others include Gwenview, ShowImg and KimDaBa).


Another advanced image viewer which can load and save all image formats supported by KDE, as well as being able to display the GIMP (*.xcf) image filetype. Gwenview can perform a few graphical manipulations (rotate, mirroring) and has full support for KIO slaves (allowing you to use it via FTP). Other features also include file management operations, such as copy, paste, move and delete.


A feature-rich image viewer, written for KDE, which can display numerous formats, including JPEG, PNG, [animated] GIF and MNG. It consists of a tree-view frame, a directory/preview frame, and a view frame. The (larger) view frame can be exchanged with the (smaller) directory/preview frame. It can preview and display images from multiple directories and search for identical images. ShowImg also features a full-screen mode, zooming, sorting, drag and drop with Konqueror, and support for images in compressed archives.


KimDaBa (KDE Image Database) attempts to provide an efficient solution for the organization of hundreds (or even thousands) of images. Having been highly optimized for annotating images, KimDaBa can help you locate an image in a matter of seconds.



A fully-featured IRC client which supports per channel encoding, downloading and resuming file transfers, nick completion and highlighting, as well as tight integration with Kontact and the rest of KDE.


A KDE frontend for MLDonkey, a powerful P2P file-sharing tool. Highly configurable, real-time graphical bandwidth and network statistics, and much more.


Displays for every network interface an icon in the systray. Tooltips and an info dialog provide further information about the interface. Passive popups inform about interface changes and a traffic plotter is also integrated.



A simple, yet ideal, application for graphically displaying where your diskpace is being used. Filelight displays this information by representing your filesystem as a set of concentric segmented-rings.


A KDE recipe tool that can manage a recipe database with an easy-to-use interface. Full support for creating and removing ingredients as well as units; helps with diets, can calculate the amount of calories, vitamins, carbohydrates etc. Other advantages are its flexilibity and potential to extend further.

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