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Here is a list of changes to make to your application so that it can take advantage of the new KStatusNotifierItem (KSNI) class, available since KDE 4.4.



  • KSNI constructor takes a QObject, not a QWidget
  • Be sure to set your
  • Signals:
 * activated() becomes activateRequested(bool active, QPoint pos)


Icons can be passed as a QString or as a QPixmap. Note that both must go through D-Bus, so for performance reasons, pass icons by name whenever possible.

  • setIcon() becomes either setIconByName(QString) or setIconByPixmap(QPixmap)


A KSNI tooltip is made of an icon, a title and a subtitle (which may contain some limited markup). This means you have to replace your call to setToolTip(QString) with calls to:

  • setToolTipIconByName(QString) or setToolTipIconByPixmap()
  • setToolTipTitle(QString)
  • setToolTipSubTitle(QString)

show() -> setStatus(KStatusNotifierItem::Active) hide() -> setStatus(KStatusNotifierItem::Passive)


  • There is no equivalent for the convenience static loadIcon(QString) function. You have to replace it with KIconLoader::global()->loadIcon(name, KIconLoader::Panel)

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