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rekonq 0.7.0 running on Kubuntu 11.04
Developer(s) Andrea Diamantini and other KDE developers[1]
Initial release December 2, 2008 (2008-12-02)[2]
Stable release 2.4.2[3][4] (12 January 2014; 2 years ago (2014-01-12)) [±]
Development status Unmaintained
Written in C++, Qt
Operating system Cross-platform
Engine WebKit
Platform KDE Platform
Size ~1.1 MiB[citation needed]
Available in Multilingual
Type Web browser
License GNU GPL v3[5]

rekonq is a lightweight, QtWebKit-based web browser developed inside the free software project KDE. It is the default web browser of Chakra GNU/Linux,[6] and was formerly of Kubuntu (between versions 10.10[7] and 13.10[8]). rekonq has been officially included in KDE Extragear since May 25, 2010.[9] In contrast to Konqueror, a web browser and file manager also developed by KDE, rekonq aims to be a standalone and simple web browser. Its code was initially based on Qt Development Frameworks' QtDemoBrowser and is developed on KDE Projects' Git repository.[10]

As of January 2014 there has been no further development of rekonq, and there is no manpower or sponsorship to restart.[11]


rekonq integrates into the KDE desktop, e.g. downloading files through KDE download system, sharing bookmarks with Konqueror, KIO support, etc. rekonq possesses most of the features of a modern web browser, specifically:

rekonq uses the WebKit HTML rendering engine provided in QtWebKit.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "rekonq authors". Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Andrea Diamantini (2 December 2008). "rekonq 0.0.1". Kde-announce-apps (Mailing list). Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  3. ^ "rekonq: Files". SourceForge. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Diamantini, Andrea (12 January 2014). "rekonq 2.4.2". adjam.weblog(). Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Andrea Diamantini. "rekonq license". Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Chakra Edn 2011.11 review". LinuxBSDos. 2011-11-11. p. 1. Retrieved 2011-12-27. Unless you chose to install Firefox and/or Chromium during the installation process, the lone installed browser will be reKonq, a native Web browser for KDE. 
  7. ^ (2010-10-10). "Kubuntu 10.10 Release". 
  8. ^ "Kubuntu 14.04 LTS". Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  9. ^ adjam (2010). "rekonq 0.5 beta, in extragear!". 
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Lead developer's blog, adjam.weblog()". Retrieved 26 Feb 2016.