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KDevelop is a free Integrated Development Environment (IDE). It uses the GNU Compiler collection, rather than implement its own compiler.

KDevelop integrates a lot of tools, scripts, and templates in a common user interface. It consists of several user interfaces modes, an Application Wizard, several project management system, editing tools, various file and class browsers, a debugger interfavce, several plugin tool and a set of other diagnosis, documentation, and optimization helper tools.

 KDevelop 4.7.1

Free to download



KDevelop Team


System Requirements
KDE >=4.5    
Qt >= 4.5.2
g++ >= 4.0    
GNU make    
perl >= 5.004    
autoconf >= 2.52
automake >= 1.6
flex >= 2.5.4
libtool >= 1.4
Berkley DB >= 4.1

Qt designer
(subclassing wizard)
ht://Dig >= 3.1.6
(full text search in documentation)
Valgrind >= 20030725
(memory leak checker)
GDB >= 6.6
(well working internal debugger)
Cervisia >= 2.0
(CVS integration)
Perforce >= 2003.1
(Perforce integration)
Clearcase >= 4.0
(Clearcase integration)
CTags >= 5.x
(CTags integration)
Doxygen >= 1.3.4
(project api generation)
dot >= 1.8.7
(class inheritance and collaboration diagrams)
libsvn >= 1.3
(Subversion integration)
Yzis >= M3
(a powerfull text editor similar to Vim)

Manual, KDevelop Tutorials, FAQ, KDevelop Manual, Forum, Mailing Lists

Selected Reviews:
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Features include:

  • Code Snippets
    • SnippetPart adds a tool-view which by default docks to the right
    • Adding, editing and removing of snippets is available via a popup-menu
    • Double-clicking a snippet form the list inserts it into to the active view at the current cursor position
    • Tool tips show the content of a snippet
    • Snippets are stored in the users home-directory, so every user can have his own snippets
    • Snippets can contain variables in the style of $VARNAME$. On using the snippet the user is prompted to enter replacement value for the variables
  • Doxygen integration (API documentation generator)
    • Supports all programming languages that doxygen does (except IDL and D)
    • Previews the documentation that doxygen generates for the file you're currently editing
    • Configures doxygen
    • Runs doxygen
    • Views doxygen generated docs (html man or pdf formats)
    • Can use doxygen's generated XML as tooltips for "as you type" code completion
  • Plugin based documentation viewer
    • A unified interface to browsing documentation.
    • TOC, index and full text search (with htdig) capabilities.
    • Autodetection and inclusion of Qt, KDE Libs and DevHelp documentation.
    • Support for custom documentation collections (KDevelopTOC format).
    • Ability to open local, remote and even compressed documentation (using any protocol supported by Konqueror - http, ftp, sftp, tar, zip, etc.).
    • Supports TXT, HTML, DevHelp, CHM, PDF, Djvu and PDB file formats.Linuxworld New York 2004 conference & Expo: First place for "Best Development Tools"
    • Can use any documentation format that your KDE supports
  • Flexible application wizard (project templates)
    • Application wizard generates complete, ready-to-go sample applications.
    • Templates for each supported language and build system exist.
    • Ability to use custom application templates not included in distribution.
    • Contains all of KDevelop 3.0 templates plus GTK, GNOME and Bonobo application templates
  • RAD (Rapid Application Development) oriented
    • New kdevdesigner application allows seamless QT based GUI development by integrating QTdesigner in the KDE framework.
    • New kdevassistant application allows QT style documentation help.
    • These both applications can be used as standalone or from within KDevelop itself, this enables one development program for all your development needs.
  • C++ Support
    • switch header/implementation
      • works inside the single file
      • works correctly with methods with typedef'ed return values
      • works with constant functions
      • aware of using directives when locating the functions from the namespace
    • Persistant Class Store (Code Completion databases)
      • KDE class importer correctly finds kdelibs location
      • Qt4 class importer added
      • autodetected paths now overrideable
    • code hinting
      • status bar shows the type of the expression under the cursor
    • c++ parser
      • Modify the parser to extract comments from the code, attach them to corresponding items, and store them into the AST
      • Fix a case where the cpp parser suddenly ate all RAM when facing macro-heavy files
    • code model
      • make the code-model and repository store more information like templates and comments, and provide them.
      • the code-model now completely works with nested classes that are forward-declared in one file, and completely declared in another(file-groups are managed now, and code-model-items that are physically from one file, can now be attached to another, so some search-functions had to be improved).
    • code completion
      • is much more reliable
      • was rewritten in big parts
      • works within template-classes
      • works within functions of classes that are imported by using-directives
      • can parse much more complex expressions and can easily be extended to understand additional operators(using an abstract operator-class)
      • supports class-templates, function-templates, and even implicit template-instantiation for function-templates
      • evaluates all types in the completion-entry-list and shows their template-processed(real) types
      • calltips and the completion-list show the corresponding comments
      • the completion-entry-list now shows the members sorted by their access-rights, and shows a note behind members that are protected/private
      • Fixes the bug of KDevelop crashing while completing a class which has itself as base-class and a few other little bugs
    • new context-menus that evaluate the expression under the cursor and allow to browse the code and the code-model using all types and variables involved
    • new class wizard
      • bug fixes
      • creation of headers only
  • Plugin-based architecture
    • Functionality can be added, replaced and removed without altering core source code.
    • Libraries license (LGPL) allows creating commercial and free IDE plugins.
    • Support for profiles which determine a set of plugins to be loaded. This is especially usefull for restricted environments or custom setups.
  • Project Management
    • Native non-intrusive automake and qmake support. Hand-made modifications allowed and recognized by the IDE, also existing projects and subprojects can be easily imported.
    • Ability to use custom makefiles to build the project.
    • Support for ant - build tool for java projects.
    • Support for extra project types like pascal, haskell, ada and scripting projects.
    • A framework for adding support for any build system by creating build system plugins for the generic project manager.
    • New file wizard to manage file templates and create new files in project from templates.
    • Compiler plugins to define compiler options in convenient dialogs.
    • Configuration profiles with the ability to specify different compilers, compiler flags, build directories, target architecture, etc.
    • Project documenting facilities such as doxygen support for creating automatic API-documentation (in html, tex and man formats) for a project with cross-references to the used libraries.
    • Internationalization support, allowing translators to add their target language to a project easily, including support of KBabel.
    • Support for Qt/Embedded projects
  • Language Support
    • 15 supported languages including Ada, C, C++, Objective-C (via C support), SQL, Fortran, Haskell, Java, PHP, Pascal, Perl, Python, Ruby, Bash, XUL (unofficially).
    • Problem reporter which reports various "problems" with the source code as you type. Problems include language syntax errors, TODO's and FIXME's.
    • Class browser to display a hierarchy of classes and other symbols in project.
    • Language parsers to feed class browser and problem reporter.
    • Class, method and attribute wizards for object-oriented languages.
    • Automatic code completion and code hinting for class variables, methods, function arguments and more.
    • Source formatting, syntax highlighting and code folding.
    • C++ specific features, such as
      • "make member" - creating method definition in source file basing on the method declaration in header file;
      • "extract interface"- extracting interface (method declarations) and creating abstract base class with that interface;
      • "subclassing" - automated subclass creating and slot implementing for Qt Designer forms.
  • Integrated Debugger
    • GDB and Java debugger frontends.
    • Integrated GDB console.
    • Line, address, method breakpoints and watchpoints.
    • Conditional breakpoints.
    • Disassembler and frame stack viewer.
    • Variable watch tree.
    • Memory, registers and libraries viewers.
    • Debugger shell (libtool) support.
    • Remote debugging.
    • Variables widget
    • Stack Widget
  • Code Editing
    • Any editor which implements KDE KTextEditor interface can be used with KDevelop.
    • Currently available editors are Kate, QEditor (based on the Qt Designer editor) and KVim.
    • Project wide bookmarks which are stored in the project file.
    • Difference viewer between currently edited text and text on the disk.
    • Difference viewer for patch files.
    • Grep integration - regular expression search in project.
    • Project wide find and replace tool.
  • Version Control System
    • A common API to include VCS support in KDevelop.
    • Supported VCS systems: CVS, Perforce, Subversion and Clearcase.
  • Application Wizard
    • Application wizard generates complete, ready-to-go sample applications.
    • Templates for each supported language and build system exist.
    • Ability to use custom application templates not included in distribution.
    • A bunch of KDE related project templates (KPart applications, simple KDE applications, KControl modules, Kicker (panel) applets, KOffice parts, KIOSlaves, Konqueror, Noatun and Kate plugins and desktop styles).
  • Documentation Viewer
    • A unified interface to browsing documentation.
    • TOC, index and full text search (with htdig) capabilities.
    • Autodetection and inclusion of Qt, KDE Libs and DevHelp documentation.
    • Support for custom documentation collections (KDevelopTOC format).
    • Ability to open local, remote and even compressed documentation (using any protocol supported by Konqueror - http, ftp, sftp, tar, zip, etc.).
    • Ability to open various documentation formats (html, text, ps, pdf, chm, etc.).
  • Other Features
    • The user interface is fully configurable, it allows on the fly switching between classic MDI modes like toplevel, childframe and the new IDEAl mode featuring sliding tool-views.
    • Embedded console.
    • File selector, file tree and file groups facilities obviating the need for an external file manager.
    • The inclusion of any other program you need for development by adding it to the "Tools"-menu according to your individual needs.
    • Regular expression tester.
    • Valgrind integration to find memory leaks in programs.
    • Project distribution and packaging tool for automated creation of source and binary packages.
    • CTags integration.
    • Part explorer to query available KDE services.

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