|Initial release||December 6, 1999|
|Stable release||4.5.0 (April 26, 2013[±])|
|Preview release||None [±]|
|Operating system||Unix-like, Windows|
|Type||Integrated development environment|
|License||GNU General Public License|
KDevelop is a free software integrated development environment (IDE) for the KDE Platform on Unix-like computer operating systems. KDevelop includes no compiler; instead, it uses an external compiler such as GCC to produce executable code.
The last stable release of the previous major version, 3.5.5, which is based on K Desktop Environment 3 technology, supports many programming languages such as Ada, Bash, C, C++, Fortran, Java, Pascal, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby. Released under the GNU General Public License, KDevelop is free software.
|2010||Berlin, Germany||2/13-2/21||co-hosted with Kate and Okteta Meeting|
|2012||Vienna, Austria||23–29th Oct||co-hosted with Kate Meeting|
KDevelop 1.x and 2.x were developed over a period of four years from the initial KDevelop codebase. Bernd Gehrmann started a complete rewrite from scratch and announced KDevelop 3.x on March 30, 2001. Its first release was together with K Desktop Environment 3.2 in February 2004. The development of KDevelop 3.x stopped in 2008.
KDevelop 4.x has been under development since August 2005. It is a complete rewrite with a better core and a more object-oriented programming model. In May 2010, the final version of KDevelop 4.0.0 was released.
|This article is outdated. (May 2011)|
KDevelop uses an embedded text editor component through the KPart framework. The default editor is KDE Advanced Text Editor, which can optionally be replaced with a Qt Designer-based editor. This list focuses on the features of KDevelop itself. For features specific to the editor component, see the article on Kate.
- Source code editor with syntax highlighting and automatic indentation (Kate).
- Project management for different project types, such as Automake, qmake for Qt based projects and Ant for Java based projects.
- Class browser.
- GUI Designer
- Front-end for the GNU Compiler Collection and GNU Debugger.
- Wizards to generate and update class definitions and application framework.
- Automatic code completion (C/C++).
- Built-in Doxygen support.
- Revision control (also known as SCM) support. Supported systems include CVS, Subversion, Perforce, ClearCase, Git, Mercurial, and Bazaar
KDevelop 3 is a completely plugin-based architecture. When a developer makes a change, they only must compile the plugin. There is a possibility to keep several profiles each of which determines which plugins to be loaded. KDevelop does not come with a text editor, but instead uses a plugin for this purpose as well. KDevelop is programming language independent and build system-independent, supporting KDE, GNOME, and many other technologies such as Qt, GTK+, and wxWidgets.
KDevelop has supported a variety of programming languages, including C, C++, Perl, Python, PHP, Java, Fortran, Ruby, Ada, Pascal, SQL, and Bash scripting. Supported build systems include GNU (automake), cmake, qmake, and make for custom projects (KDevelop does not destroy user Makefiles if they are used) and scripting projects which don't need one.
Code completion is available for C and C++. Symbols are kept in a Berkeley DB file for quick lookups without re-parsing. KDevelop also offers a developer framework which helps to write new parsers for other programming languages.
Quick Open allows quick navigation between files.
Currently, 50 to 100 plugins exist for the IDE. Major ones include persistent project-wide code bookmarks, Code abbreviations which allow expanding text quickly, a Source formatter which reformats code to a style guide before saving, Regular expressions search, and project-wide search/replace which helps in refactoring code.
See also 
- Comparison of integrated development environments
- Qt Creator
- List of KDE applications
Further reading 
- "KDevelop – News of 1999". KDE. December 6, 1999. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
- harryF (2008-04-10). "KDevelop Team Meeting Agenda". KDE. KDE.NEWS.
- Danny Allen, Artur Souza, Claudia Rauch, Torsten Thelke. KDE e.V. Quarterly Report 2009Q2-2010Q1 (Issue 13) (in English). KDE e.V. p. 2. Retrieved 2011-04-09.
- Dominik Haumann (2010-03-08). "Kate, KDevelop and Okteta Developers Meet in Berlin". KDE. KDE.NEWS.
- Milian Wolff (13.972222222222). "Kate/KDevelop October Sprint: What's new in KDevelop". KDE. KDE.NEWS.
- A new IDE for a new millennium
- "KDevelop4 moved". Retrieved 29 November 2009.
- "Finally KDevelop 4.0 final published". 1 May 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-01. Unknown parameter