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Creating your first Plasmoid
Tutorial Series   Plasma Tutorial
Previous   C++, Qt, KDE4 development environment
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Further Reading   CMake


Your first plasmoid will simply do nothing more than show a nice icon with some text.


The Code

Plasmoids require a .desktop file to tell plasma how they should be started, so we will start with that.

plasma-applet-tutorial1.desktop [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Tutorial 1 Comment=Plasma Tutorial 1 Type=Service ServiceTypes=Plasma/Applet

X-KDE-Library=plasma_applet_tutorial1 X-KDE-PluginInfo-Author=Bas Grolleman [email protected] X-KDE-PluginInfo-Name=plasma_applet_tutorial1 X-KDE-PluginInfo-Version=0.1 X-KDE-PluginInfo-Website=http://plasma.kde.org/ X-KDE-PluginInfo-Category= X-KDE-PluginInfo-Depends= X-KDE-PluginInfo-License=GPL X-KDE-PluginInfo-EnabledByDefault=true

plasma-tutorial1.h // Here we avoid loading the header multiple times

  1. ifndef Tutorial1_HEADER
  2. define Tutorial1_HEADER

// Ofcourse, we need the plasma headers

  1. include <Plasma/Applet>

class PlasmaTutorial1 : public Plasma::Applet {

       PlasmaTutorial1(QObject *parent, const QStringList &args);
               // This is the size of your applet
       QRectF boundingRect() const;
               // This paints your applet to the screen
       void paintInterface(QPainter *painter, const QStyleOptionGraphicsItem *option, QWidget *widget =0);


K_EXPORT_PLASMA_APPLET(tutorial1, PlasmaTutorial1)

  1. endif


  1. include "plasma-tutorial1.h"
  2. include <QPainter>
  3. include <QFontMetrics>
  4. include <KIcon>

PlasmaTutorial1::PlasmaTutorial1(QObject *parent, const QStringList &args)

       : Plasma::Applet(parent, args)

{ }

PlasmaTutorial1::~PlasmaTutorial1() { }

QRectF PlasmaTutorial1::boundingRect() const {

       return QRectF(0,0,256,256);


void PlasmaTutorial1::paintInterface(QPainter *p, const QStyleOptionGraphicsItem *option, QWidget *widget) {

       KIcon icon("document");
       p->drawPixmap(0, 0, icon.pixmap(boundingRect().width()));
       p->drawText(boundingRect(),Qt::AlignCenter,"Hello Plasmoid!");


  1. include "plasma-tutorial1.moc"

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