Tutorials are the fastest way of finding out what KDE will do for you, and how to do it. Here is a list of currently available tutorials.

Getting started

Using Subversion with KDE
A quick KDE-specific introduction how to work with KDE's version control system
KDE 4 Programming Tutorial
You are interested in writing applications with KDE 4? Here you get at tutorial which leads you from the beginners stuff to the advanced techniques.
Debugging your application
Tips, tools and techniques to apply when debugging your KDE application
Writing Unittests for Qt4 and KDE4 with QTestLib (Original link)
Tutorial by Brad Hards that describes how to write unit tests using the QTestLib framework. It is presented as an example based tutorial, and is still under development.

Managing Configuration Data With KConfig

Using KConfig XT
Tutorial on how to efficiently use the KConfig XT framework (available in KDE 3.2).
Understanding KDE Kiosk mode
Tutorial on how KDE's kiosk mode is implemented and how you can get started working with it.

File Access With KIO

Components and Plugins


Extending the KDE Panel
This tutorial teaches you how to implement a simple panel applet using the panel applet API. It is a suitable task for an introduction to KDE programming.


KWin decoration styles
Tutorial on creating decoration plugins for the KWin window manager (KDE 3.2 and later).

Application Automation and Scripting


Creating Konqueror Service Menus
This tutorial shows you how to create mimetype-specific actions in Konqueror's context menu (aka "servicemenus")

KDE Development In Languages Other Than C++


KDE-Python tutorial
A python version of Daniel's KDE tutorial by Boudewijn Rempt.


KDE Ruby Korundum tutorial
A ruby version of Antonio Larrosa Jiménez's KDE tutorial by Richard Dale. See the Ruby Developers Corner for Qt tutorials and other info.


Shell Scripting with KDE dialogs (German Version)
Tutorial by Brad Hards that describes how to use KDE dialogs in shell scripts with kdialog. It is presented as an example based tutorial.

Other tutorials

Using and extending the KDE EDU Plot widget (docbook archive)
This tutorial introduces Jason Harris' KPlotWidget that is part of the KDE EDU package. Contains information about defining your own widget in QT / KDevelop designer and about subclassing widgets and overriding member functions to extend functionality.
KNewStuffSecure: a secure way to share resources
Tutorial showing how to share resources in a secured way (KDE 3.4 and later).

KDE2 and KDE3 Materials

KDE3 Tutorials
These tutorials cover topics related to KDE3.
KDE2 Tutorials
These tutorials cover topics related to KDE2..

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