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Screenshot of Konsole in Plasma 5
Screenshot of Konsole in Plasma 5
Developer(s)Lars Doelle, Robert Knight
Stable release19.12 (12 December 2019; 2 days ago (2019-12-12)[1]) [±]
Repositoryhttps://github.com/KDE/konsole https://invent.kde.org/kde/konsole
Written inC++ (KDE Frameworks, Qt)
TypeTerminal emulator
LicenseGNU General Public License

Konsole is a free and open-source terminal emulator which is part of KDE Applications and ships with the KDE desktop environment. . Konsole was originally written by Lars Doelle.[2] It ls licensed under the GPL v2 or later[3] [4] [5] and the GNU Free Documentation License[6]. Konsole includes many projects which may themselves have their own licences.[dubious ] However konsole itself is protected under the GPL v2[3] [4] [5] or later, and GNU Free Documentation License[6]. This is due to the smaller projects within konsole having compatible licenses.[discuss]

KDE applications, include Dolphin, Kate,[7] KDevelop, Kile, Konversation, Konqueror, and Krusader use Konsole to provide embedded terminal functionality via Kpart.

As of July 2014, Yakuake, Dolphin, Kate, KDE Telepathy, and Konsole, among others,[which?] are in the process of being ported to KDE Frameworks 5.[8]


A Konsole window featuring window split (added in 2007)[discuss]
  • Built-in support for bi-directional text display.
  • Tabbed terminals. Tab titles update dynamically depending on the current activity in the terminal.
  • Translucent backgrounds[9]
  • 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.[10]
  • Export of output in plain text or HTML format


  1. ^ "19.12 Releases". KDE. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. ^ https://cgit.kde.org/konsole.git/commit/?id=d8f741181967eee423f9234726443a4684f89310
  3. ^ a b "COPYING.LIB". https://github.com/KDE/konsole/blob/master/COPYING.LIB. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ a b "konsole". https://kde.org/applications/system/org.kde.konsole. External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ a b "COPYING". https://github.com/KDE/konsole/blob/master/COPYING. External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ a b "COPYING.DOC". https://github.com/KDE/konsole/blob/master/COPYING.DOC. External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Cullmann, Christoph (January 6, 2004). "Writing a Kate Plugin". kate-editor.org. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  8. ^ "KDE SC 4.14 wird 4er-Reihe abschließen" (in German). 2014-07-10.
  9. ^ "Konsole - KDE UserBase Wiki". userbase.kde.org. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  10. ^ "New features in Konsole in KDE 4.0". The KDE Source Repository. 2008-01-05.

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