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Download Tellico

To compile Tellico from the source code, you must download the source package or get the code from the git repository.

Source Package

If you download the source package, extract all of the files, which should create a directory named tellico-2.0/.

% tar xjvf tellico-2.0.tar.bz2
% cd tellico-2.0
These instructions use Tellico 2.0 as an example. For other versions, replace 2.0 in the commands below.

Current Development Source

The source code is stored in KDE's git system, in the extragear/office folder. Please refer to Git Configuration for more help with using KDE and git.

% git clone git://anongit.kde.org/tellico
% cd tellico
% git checkout 2.3
The current stable branch is 2.3. The master branch has had some changes that may make it unstable at the moment.

Install required libraries

The list of required libraries in Debian and Ubuntu is:

% apt-get install libpoppler-qt4-dev libtaglib-ocaml-dev libexempi-dev libyaz-dev libqimageblitz4 libqimageblitz-dev

Other distributions might use different package names.

In addition, the QJson, Taglib, and yaz libraries are highly recommended.

After that, there are three steps to build and install Tellico.


The compilation environment must be configured to your system first. The tool used to create the configuration is CMake. CMake will check that you have all the required development libraries and set up the files for compiling.

In the tellico-2.0/ directory, create a directory for building, named build/, just to keep things clear.

% mkdir build
% cd build
% cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix`
Note the backquotes in the cmake command, they are important.

The tells CMake to use the top-level tellico-2.0/ directory as the source directory, and to set the application to install in the same place as other KDE applications. Later, when you install Tellico, you will likely need root access, either through the root password or sudo. To install to a different location, use change the -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX option. Remember, the KDEDIRS variable must be updated if you install in a nonstandard location.

If you do not have the necessary libraries for building tellico, CMake will fail and show you an error, listing which libraries you lack. Some libraries are required for building. Some are optional for additional functionality. The library packages may have different names, depending on your distribution.


In order to include support for using a webcam to scan barcodes, you must have the libv4l library installed and include -DENABLE_WEBCAM=true when you run cmake.

To include support for debugging Tellico, you should pass the -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debug option to cmake. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=release is for stripped, non-debugging compilation.

Tellico has many unit tests for checking some parts of the code for problems. The tests can be compiled by using -DKDE4_BUILD_TESTS=TRUE and then running

% make test


Make is used to actually compile Tellico.

% make

There will likely be some warnings during compilation, but at the end, if you see something like

[100%] Built target tellico

then the compilation completed successfully.


To install Tellico alongside other KDE applications, you will likely need to use the sudo command.

% sudo make install

Enter your password, and Tellico should be installed and should show up in the KDE menu, likely in the Office menu. Or, run it from the command-line.

% tellico


You can send questions and comments to the tellico-users mailing list.


If you need to uninstall Tellico

% sudo make uninstall

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