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If you're interested in just checking things out, binaries for kdelibs and parts of KDE in general are available at http://kde.mac.org and are generated semi-regularly.
  • Note: You may wish to do all of this inside a directory name that ends in .noindex or .build to keep spotlight from indexing all of your temporary build-files as you build them.

mkdir ~/kde4.build cd ~/kde4.build

Setting Up Your Build Environment

Variables must be set to build KDE successfully, and are noted below

  • Note: Replace /opt/kde4-deps with the location of your 3rd-party tools, and add your cmake location if you compiled from source

export PATH="/opt/qt4/bin:/opt/kde4/bin:/opt/kde4-deps/bin:~/.local/bin/:$PATH" export CMAKE_LIBRARY_PATH="/opt/kde4-deps/lib" export CMAKE_INCLUDE_PATH="/opt/kde4-deps/include" export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="/opt/qt4/lib/:/opt/kde4-deps/lib/pkgconfig/"

You might want to put those in your ~/.bash_profile

  • For Fink users: If your Distribution line in /sw/etc/fink.conf is 10.4-transitional, instead of 10.4, make sure you run sudo gcc_select 3.3 before proceeding with any compiling, or you will end up with binary-incompatible c++ code!
  • For others: run sudo gcc_select 4.0 if you want to be compatible with the pre-made installers.

Required Third Party Tools

The following third party tools are required for successfully building KDE on OSX. Also, here are some good tips for installing from source. I assume you have OS X 10.5 or 10.6 installed, otherwise you would have some more dependencies.

cd ~/kde4.build curl http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/libtool/libtool-2.2.tar.gz -O tar xfz libtool-2.2.tar.gz cd libtool-2.2 ls ./configure --prefix=/opt/kde4-deps make sudo make install

cd ~/kde4.build curl ftp://xmlsoft.org/libxml2/libxml2-sources-2.7.7.tar.gz -O tar xfz libxml2-sources-*.tar.gz cd libxml2-2.7.7 ./configure --prefix=/opt/kde4-deps/ make sudo make install

cd ~/kde4.build curl ftp://xmlsoft.org/libxml2/libxslt-1.1.26.tar.gz -O tar xfz libxslt-*.tar.gz cd libxslt-1.1.26 ./configure --prefix=/opt/kde4-deps/ make sudo make install

cd ~/kde4.build mkdir docbook cd docbooj curl http://www.docbook.org/xml/4.5/docbook-xml-4.5.zip -O unzip docbook-xml-4.5.zip

  1. RUN ALL THE COMMANDS AT http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/pst/DocBook.html AS ROOT
  2. DOWNLOAD THE FILE AT http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/pst/docbook-xsl.html

sudo tar xfj docbook-xsl-1.75.2.tar.bz2 cd docbook-xsl-1.75.2


cd ~/kde4.build curl http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/gtk-doc/1.15/gtk-doc-1.15.tar.gz -O -L tar xfz gtk-doc-*.tar.gz cd gtk-doc-1.15 ./configure --prefix=/opt/kde4-deps/

git clone git://git.gnome.org/glib cd glib/ ./autogen.sh --prefix=/opt/kde4-deps/ ## THIS IS WHERE I GET STUCK (entriken 2010-08-20)

  • shared-mime-info
  • AGG
  • giflib or libungif
  • libart_lgpl
  • libidn
  • libjpeg
  • libmng
  • libpng
  • libusb
  • OpenEXR
  • PCRE
  • Strigi
  • pkgconfig
  • dbus

Qt/Mac Open Source Edition

Get the Qt/Mac source code from http://qt.nokia.com/downloads/sdk-mac-os-cpp

The latest version has QtDBus and should work with KDE for Mac. Get it here: http://download.qt.nokia.com/qtsdk/qt-sdk-mac-opensource-2010.04.dmg

(statement make by entriken and unverified 2010-08-20)


Get the latest CMake from http://www.cmake.org/cmake/resources/software.html#latest and install:

cd ~/kde4.build curl http://www.cmake.org/files/v2.8/cmake-2.8.2.tar.gz -O tar xfz cmake-*.tar.gz cd cmake-* ./configure --prefix=/opt/kde4-deps make all sudo make install

Building kdelibs

kdelibs must be checked out of svn locally to be built: cd ~/kde4.build svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/trunk/KDE/kdelibs And then compiled by performing the following: mkdir kdelibs.build cd kdelibs.build cmake ../kdelibs -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/opt/kde4 make all install


If kdelibs fails to compile successfully, check the build status for the latest Nightly Builds and Continuous Builds at http://public.kitware.com/dashboard.php?name=kde

Information about getting and compiling the dependencies can be found at Getting_Started/Build/KDE4 and Getting_Started/Build/KDE4/Prerequisites (pages are Linux focused, but can be useful)

Further Reading

For more general information on using CMake, see the CMake Tutorial.

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