Chapter 2. Downloading and starting KDevelop and Designer


We need few applications in this tutorial, besides the compiler, we'll use KDevelop and Qt/Designer. You'll have to notice that KDevelop has a list of required and/or recommended applications, so you may need to install some other packages too.

You can download KDevelop from and most probably your distribution already has Qt/Designer in a package, usually in a qt-devel, qt3-devel or qt-designer package. If not, you can download it from

You'll need KDE 3.x, which means that you also need Qt 3.x . KDevelop's latest stable release at the time of writing this tutorial is 2.1.5, while the development release of KDevelop 3.0 (codenamed gideon) is in alpha3 state. This document talks mainly about gideon, but it can also be used as a reference for help when using KDevelop 2.1.5 .

Running KDevelop

Once that you install all those packages you can start gideon (kdevelop) from your K menu or from a konsole window. It needs to be configured for the basic things (like documentation location, etc.) just follow the on-screen instructions to do so.

After configuring it, you'll get a similar window to this one:

Initial screen of KDevelop 3.0 (alpha)

Now, we're ready to start developing an application.