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Here is a small example of an application that asks for wallpapers. It lets the user install them into the system wallpaper directory.

The Code

The example consists of just one c++ source file.


int main(int argc, char **argv)

    QApplication i(argc, argv);

    if (i.arguments().count() > 1) {
        QString configfile = QLatin1String(argv[1]);
        QPointer<KNS3::DownloadDialog> dialog = new KNS3::DownloadDialog(configfile);
        foreach (const KNS3::Entry& e, dialog->changedEntries()) {
            qCDebug(KNEWSTUFF) << "Changed Entry: " <<;
        delete dialog;
    } else {
        return -1;
    return 0;

The Configuration File (.knsrc)

For this to work, a file that sets up KNewStuff khotnewstuff_example.knsrc is needed. If you don't pass a file name to the dialog, the name of the file is taken from the about data (application name). If you want to use different dialogs in one application, just create multiple .knsrc files, such as krita_brushes.knsrc and krita_palettes.knsrc for example.

The file has to be in kde/share/config/khotnewstuff_example.knsrc.

Categories=KDE Wallpaper 1920x1200,KDE Wallpaper 1600x1200

Uncompress can be one of:

  • always: assume all downloaded files are archives and need to be extracted
  • never: never try to extract the file
  • archive: if the file is an archive, uncompress it, otherwise just pass it on

You have different options to set the target install directory:

  • StandardResource: standard ressouce dir, such as .kde/share/wallpapers. This is what KStandardDirs::locateLocal(name) will return.
  • TargetDir: a directory in the share/apps section, such as .kde/share/apps/wallpapers. This is what KStandardDirs::locateLocal("data", name) will return.
  • XdgTargetDir: a directory in the $XDG_DATA_HOME directory such as .local/share/wallpapers

Downloaded HTML:

By default KNewStuff will ask if the user wants to open downloaded HTML files with a browser instead of trying to install them. This is so since most of the time HTML means a broken link or a link to a page from which the item can be downloaded. If you want to accept html (because your app actually uses KNewStuff to get html files, you should explicitly allow this:


ProvidersUrl The ProvidersUrl is optional, and if you just want to use what KDE provides as default (, currently, leave this out. The advantage of not specifying this field is that users can add more providers using the attica kcm (kcmshell5 kcm_attica). Only if you have to (because you need a different provider) use:


Linking in CMakeLists.txt

To link against KNS3, just link against KF5::NewStuff. Example:

target_link_libraries(ktexteditor_codesnippets_core Qt5::Widgets KF5::TextEditor KF5::NewStuff)

Using a Widget instead of the Dialog

If you don't like to use an external dialog, you can also use a widget instead. Just replace DownloadDialog with DownloadWidget and you're good to go. This is especially nice as additional page in existing config dialogs.