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Konsole icon.svg
Konsole 4.2.2.png
Screenshot of Konsole in KDE 4.2.2
Developer(s) Lars Doelle, Robert Knight
Stable release 16.12.1 (12 January 2017; 17 days ago (2017-01-12)) [±][1]
Written in C++ (KDELibs, Qt)
Type Terminal emulator
License GNU General Public License
Website konsole.kde.org

Konsole is a free and open-source terminal emulator which is part of KDE Applications. Konsole was originally written by Lars Doelle.[citation needed]

KDE applications, such as Konqueror, Krusader, Kate,[2] Konversation, Dolphin and KDevelop use Konsole to provide embedded terminal functionality via Kpart.

As of July 2014, Yakuake, Konsole, Dolphin, Kate and KDE Telepathy, among others,[which?] are in the process of being ported to KDE Frameworks 5.[3]


A Konsole window featuring window split[discuss] (added in 2007)
  • Supports bi-directional text display.
  • Tabbed terminals. Tab titles update dynamically depending on the current activity in the terminal.
  • Translucent backgrounds
  • Split-view mode
  • Directory and SSH bookmarking
  • Customizable color schemes
  • Customizable key bindings
  • Notifications about silence or activity in a terminal
  • Incremental search
  • Can open Dolphin or the user's preferred file manager at the terminal program's current directory.[4]
  • Export of output in plain text or HTML format


  1. ^ "KDE Ships KDE Applications 16.12.1". KDE. 12 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Cullmann, Christoph (January 6, 2004). "Writing a Kate Plugin". kate-editor.org. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "KDE SC 4.14 wird 4er-Reihe abschließen" (in German). 2014-07-10. 
  4. ^ "New features in Konsole in KDE 4.0". The KDE Source Repository. 2008-01-05. 

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