Changes in 3.0.5:
* Improved Wayland support.
* Yakuake's window title now always matches what's shown in its title
* Fixed button icons in the 'Appearance' settings page.
* Yakuake now installs a D-Bus service file. This allows calling its
D-Bus methods even when Yakuake is not running yet- it will then be
* Fixed a crash due to a missing bounds check in the 'sessionAtTab'
* Fixed a type marshalling issue with the 'addSession' D-Bus method
that caused a noisy warning when using it via qdbus.
* Yakuake now depends on KDE Frameworks 5.29 or higher.
Changes in 3.0.4:
* Fixed build on Qt 5.7.
Changes in 3.0.3:
* Fixed Yakuake sometimes showing up in the Task Manager.
* Much improved Wayland support on Plasma 5.
* Added a security warning when using the runCommand DBus API (as
recently added to KDE Konsole as well).
* Switched to a different API for getting the user home path to avoid
blocking on network logins.
* The bell notification event now uses the correct Plasma 5 sound file
name instead of an old KDE 4 one that may not be present.
* Fixed standard CLI arguments like --help and --version.
* Code cleanups, e.g. porting away from deprecated API.
* Updated AppStream metadata.
Changes in 3.0.2:
* Added back a description file implementing the freedesktop.org AppData
Changes in 3.0.1:
* Fixed installation and integratin of hicolor application icon.
Changes in 3.0:
* Yakuake was ported to KDE Frameworks 5 and Qt 5.
* A new default skin follows the Plasma 5 Breeze design.
* Terminal focus is now preserved more reliably when closing and
* Config changes made via the title bar menu are now synced to disk
immediately, and thus preserved if Yakuake is killed instead of quit
* The option to auto-update tab titles with the title bar contents no
longer interferes with manually setting a tab title. To return to auto-
updating just clear the title.
* Performance improvements in the compositor-unassisted animation code
* Fixed bug causing incorrect window height calculation in multi-monitor
Changes in 2.9.9:
* Yakuake now sports a standard KDE "Configure Notifications..." item in
its menu. The startup notification popup configuration has moved there,
and newly-added notification events covered below are found there.
* It is now possible to monitor sessions (or individual terminals within
them) for activity or silence. See the tab context menu or the keyboard
shortcuts to toggle monitoring, and the new "Configure Notifications"
dialog mentioned above to configure what happens when activity or silence
are detected in a monitored session or terminal (by default a desktop
notification popup is triggered for each).
Note that repeated activity in a terminal does not result in repeated
notifications for that terminal: After the first notification, activity
monitoring has to be disabled or reenabled, or the active session
switched, or the window closed - only then another activity notification
will be shown.
* Support for Get Hot New Stuff for skins has been added. See the new "Get
New Skins..." button below the skin list in the Appearance page of the
* When the window is set not to show on all virtual desktops and is not
residing on the current virtual desktop, but is open (i.e. set to stay
open regardless of focus loss), the Open/Retract action normally used
to either retract it, or, when the option to also use the action to
focus the window is enabled, cause the window manager to switch to the
virtual desktop the window resides on. The former case, i.e. when the
option to also use the action to focus the window is disabled, has now
been changed to move the window to the current virtual desktop and focus
it, rather than retract it.
* Yakuake now automatically retracts after the last open tab closes.
* A number of default keyboard shortcuts have been changed to reestablish
consistency with Konsole, which introduced changed defaults in KDE Soft-
ware Compilation v4.6.
* Invoking the window manager maximization feature now results in a
Yakuake window with 100% width and height instead of the unresized win-
dow getting moved to the top-left corner of the screen. However, restore
is not supported as it doesn't easily fit with Yakuake's window size
* Tweaks to the code Yakuake uses to make itself the active window when
invoked should improve compatibility with more window managers, particu-
* The D-Bus API has been expanded further to cover the new activity and
silence monitoring options, as well as with additional methods related
to retrieving information about the keyboard input enabled state for
sessions and terminals.
* The addSession* and split* D-Bus calls now return the id of the newly-
created session or terminal, or -1 if creating a new session or terminal
was not possible.
* Made sure that the activeTerminalId D-Bus call always returns something
useful after an addSessionTwo*/Quad call, even when the window is closed
while the call is made. Previously, activeTerminalId could return -1 in
this situation because there technically is no active terminal until the
window is opened and a focus event causes one to become active. Now the
terminal that will receive focus once the window is opened is immediate-
ly declared the active terminal.
* The "Help" button was removed from the configuration dialog since there
currently is no handbook included.
* Fixes to the window geometry and placement calculation in multi-screen
setups and with panels located on screen edges other than the bottom
* Fixed a bug causing the "Disable Keyboard Input -> For This Session"
checkbox in the context menu of a multi-terminal session to become
enabled when keyboard input was disabled for any of the individual ter-
minals, rather than only when all terminals have it disabled (i.e. what
enabling the checkbox manually actually does).
* Fixed errors in the tab stop order in several pages of the configuration
* Fixed the message shown on stderr when Yakuake is already running to
refer to toggling rather than opening the window, since that is what a
repeated execution actually does - if the window is already open, it
will be closed at this time.
* Code cleanups, including porting away from recently deprecated KDE Plat-
form APIs for future-compatibility.
* The KDE4FAQ document included in the tarball has been updated.
* Yakuake now depends on KDE Platform 4.7.1 or newer.
Changes in 2.9.8:
* Added a new "Ask the window manager to perform the animation" option to
the animation settings (only shown if Yakuake is running in a KDE Plasma
Workspace v4.6 or newer). If this option is enabled (it is by default)
and the KDE Desktop Effect "Sliding Popups" is enabled as well, the ani-
mation will be performed by KDE's window manager KWin, for much improved
smoothness on many systems.
* Added keyboard shortcuts to attempt to grow the active terminal in the
left, right, top or bottom direction by 10px, as well as D-Bus calls to
attempt to grow any particular terminal by a given amount of pixels in
one of these directions.
* Skin authors can now control whether the title bar text is set in a bold
weight or not with the 'bold' key in the 'Text' group of title.skin. The
default is to use a bold weight to preserve existing behavior.
* Fixed a bug causing the "Keep above other windows" preference not to be
respected immediately when toggling the "Keep window open when it loses
focus" preference from the title bar or the main menu.
* The contents of the "Screen" sub-menu in the main menu now get updated
when the number of screens attached to the system changes.
* Yakuake now depends on KDE 4.3.
Changes in 2.9.7:
* Fixed compilation with gcc 4.4 (missing cstdio include).
* Fixed quit action bypassing the "Confirm quit when more than one session
is open" setting.
* When "Prevent Closing" is toggled for a tab an appropriate icon will now
be shown on the tab label. The icon can be provided by the skin, or, if
the skin does not provide one, it will be procured from the system icon
* Thanks to API improvements in the KDE libraries in KDE SC 4.4 a KNotify
notification is now used for announcing that Yakuake was started success-
fully, rather than the passive popup in the top-left desktop corner used
with older versions of the KDE platform.
* Middle-clicking a tab closes it now, consistent with many other KDE apps.
* Tabs can now also be dragged using middle-mouse, again for consistency
with many other KDE apps.
* Fixed a bug where dragging an inactive tab to a new position on the tab
bar would show the tab as selected after the drop, but the terminal
area wouldn't actually show the corresponding terminal(s).
* Fixed a bug causing the empty area of the tab bar to become draggable as
if if was the last tab that had been clicked.
* Fixed a bug causing the title bar corner images of a theme not to be shown
when they don't have an alpha channel.
* Fixed a bug causing the window to appear at a distance away from the top
edge of the screen matching the height of a panel at the top edge of
another screen in a multi-screen setup.
Changes in 2.9.6:
* Fixed interactive rename of sessions not working reliably - either failing
to implement a rename or renaming the wrong session - once tabs had been
moved or sessions closed, due to a mixup of tab indices and session IDs in
the rename code.
* Updated the application icon in the bottom-left corner graphic of the de-
* Updated the icon for the default skin in the configuration dialog's skin
list to the new application icon.
Changes in 2.9.5:
* Added a new framework, referred to as the visual event overlay, to display
notifications (and potentially other information) on top of the terminals.
It's used for a number of new features found in this release, as described
in their separate entries.
* Added an option to visually indicate the newly-focussed terminal when mo-
ving focus in a session with multiple terminals (i.e. via splits), or the
currently focussed terminal when switching to a session with multiple ter-
minals. This make the lives of users easier who prefer to use the "I-Beam"
or "Underline" cursors styles in the terminal, as those cursor styles do
not indicate terminal focus as the "Block" style does. The visual indica-
tion used here is a brief, translucent overlay in the global color scheme's
hover decoration color. This feature is realized using the new visual event
overlay described in a separate entry.
* Added a feature to disable keyboard input for all or individual terminals
in a session. Both variants are available from the tab context menu; the
session-wide toggle is also available in the keyboard shortcuts configura-
tion. When typing into a terminal that has keyboard input disabled the
terminal will briefly flash red. When hovering one of the per-terminal
toggles in the context menu, the affected terminal will be highlighted
in the global color scheme's hover decoration color. The latter two aspects
of this new feature have been realized using the new visual event overlay
described in a separate entry. Furthermore, new D-Bus interfaces have been
added to get/set this state bit for both sessions and terminals.
* Added a feature to lock a session to prevent it from being closed acciden-
tally, available from the tab context menu as well as in the keyboard short-
cuts configuration. When trying to close a locked session or its active ter-
minal via Yakuake's own actions/shortcuts, a warning dialog will be display-
ed, and also when trying to quit Yakuake with any locked sessions. Note that
this doesn't cover closing a terminal from within the Konsole KPart provi-
ding the terminal (such as running "exit" or via the terminal's context
menu), however. New D-Bus interfaces have been added to get/set this state
bit for sessions.
* Added support for moving tabs on the tab bar by drag and drop.
* Added an option to open the application window after program start.
* Improved graphics for the window state lock button in the default skin.
* Added a slightly improved version of the application icon (again done by
Oxygen lead artist Nuno Pinheiro) along with a 256x256px variant.
* Added D-Bus interfaces for splitting.
* Added the frequently-requested 'sessionIdForTerminalId(int terminalId)'
and 'terminalIdsForSessionId(int sessionId)' D-Bus interfaces.
* The auto-open-on-mouse-pointer-hitting-the-screen edge feature now checks
the position of the mouse pointer against the actual position and width of
the window rather than triggering on the entire screen edge. This way, the
screen corners are freed up e.g. for KWin Desktop Effects triggers with
the default Yakuake window width of 90% work area width.
* Rewrote fullscreen handling, fixing bugs such as exiting fullscreen mode
on virtual desktop switch.
* Rewrote the translucency support not to use X11-specific code on KDE 4.3 or
* Fixed a regression from the background painting changes in 2.9.4 that
caused splitter handles between terminals to appear in the user-confi-
gured background color.
* Fixed crashes when closing sessions with certain split setups (also on quit).
* Fixed crash when changing window width/height from the menu with Qt 4.5
(also generally improves efficiency of window size changes).
* Fixed the 'removeTerminal(int terminalId)' D-Bus call always closing the
active terminal of the session containing the target terminal, rather than
the target terminal.
* Fixed interactive tab rename always renaming the active tab, rather than
the tab the line edit was invoked for and shown on top of.
* Fixed the interactive rename line edit possibly getting hidden also when a
session other than the one that is being renamed gets deleted, rather than
just when the session that is being renamed gets deleted.
* Slightly improved options layout on the Behavior page of the configuration
dialog and made sure that the skin list on the Appearance page scrolls so
that the selected skin is visible when the list is shown.
* On KDE 4.2 and higher, the first-run dialog now no longer allows setting
a multi-key shortcut to open/close the window, consistent with the short-
cut configuration dialog (the required API is new in 4.2). The reason
multi-key global shortcuts are not allowed in KDE is that they don't work.
* Fixed linking with the new gold linker in binutils.
* Updated KDE4FAQ file (animation performance).
Changes in 2.9.4:
* Added a new Oxygen-style application icon made by Nuno Pinheiro. In addi-
tion to fitting much better into KDE 4 visually, it's now also available
in all standard sizes up to 128px plus as SVG (whereas the old icon was
only available in 16px and 32px), meaning you won't see a blurry Yakuake
icon in various places in KDE 4 anymore as you did before.
* Added a setting to fill with the configurable background color at a given
opacity before painting the skin elements. In effect, this allows some con-
trol over the opacity and color tint of translucent areas of the skin.
* Fixed a bug that made it impossible to move a session located at the
start or end of the tab bar back after moving it left/right using the
* Various updates to the KDE4FAQ file related to performance and rendering.
Changes in 2.9.3:
* Added an option to focus individual sub-terminals as the mouse pointer is
moved over them.
* Added an option to explicitly control whether the window will be shown on
all (virtual) desktops. Defaults to true, as before.
* Made the error condition when Yakuake is unable to load the Konsole KPart
component non-destructive, i.e. being unable to load the KPart will no
longer end in an unavoidable application quit. Instead, a good-looking
warning will be shown where the terminal would normally be. This also
takes care of the edge case in which Konsole is uninstalled while Yakuake
is already running, so that existing terminals won't be lost.
* Fixed a regression that caused the "Show title bar contents in tab labels"
preference to no longer work.
* Fixed tab label not immediately being updated upon creating a new session
when "Show title bar contents in tab labels" is enabled.
Changes in 2.9.2:
* The item background in the skin list is now determined by the style en-
gine if on KDE 4.1 (including pre-release versions) and hence Qt 4.4.
* Fixed title bar not immediately being updated upon creating a new single-
* Fixed shortcuts with versions of KDE 4 trunk (4.1) from April 22nd 2008
and newer. The Konsole KPart now defaults to overriding shortcuts, and
Yakuake must do additional work to continue to receive them.
Changes in 2.9.1:
* Starting Yakuake a second time now toggles the window state, making it
possible to open and retract Yakuake from a panel button or by simply
running the executable.
* Disabled standard startup notifications ("Launch Feedback") for Yakuake.
* Fixed Open/Retract action not working with versions of KDE 4 trunk (4.1)
after March 10th, 2008.
* Fixed a bug that could cause actions also available from the tab context
menu to operate on the wrong session when triggered by keyboard shortcut
and the context menu had been used previously.
* Fixed the "Close Active Terminal", "Split Left/Right" and "Split Top/Bot-
tom" actions not operating on the correct session when activated from the
context menu of a tab other than the active tab.
* Some additions to the KDE4FAQ file.
Changes in 2.9 (KDE 4):
- Changes since 2.9-beta1:
* Changed default shortcut of the "Quit" action to Ctrl+Shift+Q for consis-
tency with Konsole and to avoid clashing with the KPart's "Resume output"
* Fixed a bug that caused the "Previous Session" action not to work when
trying to move from a newer to an older session after closing sessions
created and located inbetween.
* Fixed in Konsole: Addressed a shortcut overload that prevented the "Next
Session" and "Previous Session" default shortcuts from working when using
Qt 4.4. The fix will be included in KDE 4.0.3 and higher.
* Expanded KDE4FAQ file to cover problems with certain graphics drivers and
* Greatly expanded translation coverage.
- Changes in 2.9-beta1:
* Rewritten from scratch for KDE 4.
* Changed license from "GPL v2 or later" to "GPL v2 or v3 or any later ver-
sion accepted by the membership of KDE e.V.".
* Replaced pseudo-translucency with XComposite translucency (aka "real trans-
lucency") support (see KDE4FAQ for caveats).
* The context menus of tabs and the main menu now sport additional actions
to manipulate Konsole profile settings.
* The tab bar itself has gained a context menu as well.
* An option to dynamically update tab labels with information about the
content of the active terminal has been added.
* The skin engine is now more robust when it comes to processing invalid or
* Skins are now stored in the skins/ sub-directory of the app's data dir.
* The window geometry is now updated dynamically when the work area of the
* The window title bar now appropriately uses the window title font from the
KDE font settings rather than the general UI font.
* Changes to the KDE font settings are now applied at runtime.
* Support for right-to-left layouts in the configuration dialog has been
* A bug where the "Rename Session..." action would operate on the wrong
session has been fixed.
* Yakuake no longer crashes when Konsole is not installed, but instead can-
cels startup with a preceding error dialog.
* Lots of internal cleanup.
Changes in 2.8.1 (KDE 3):
* Added an option to control whether the Yakuake window keeps above other
* Improved experience for non-KDE users by disabling KRootPixmap-based
pseudo-translucency for them. Gets rid of rendering errors with skins
that make use of the alpha channel. Replaced by configurable skin back-
* Fix leftover gap below the window at 100% height or in fullscreen mode.
* Added option to automatically open the Yakuake window when the pointer
touches the screen edge it lives on.
Changes in 2.8:
- Changes since 2.8-beta1:
* Made the new behavior of the Open/Retract action focussing an already
open Yakuake window optional.
* The Xinerama screen setting is now updated when the window is moved to
a different screen using facilities outside of Yakuake itself, such as
the new shortcuts provided by Lubos Lunak's Xinerama Improvements patch-
set for KWin 3.5.x. The window size and position get updated to fit the
new bounding box accordingly.
* Initial session tab label naming is now consistent with Konsole. Instead
of naively incrementing the shell number, the lowest available number is
* Swapped horizontal and vertical split actions for consistency with Kate.
* Added slotSessionName() and slotSessionName(int session_id) DCOP Calls.
* Added sessionIdList() and terminalIdList(int session_id) DCOP calls.
* Naming consistency improvements in the DCOP interface.
* Added more What's This help in the config dialog.
* Minor interface wording improvements.
* Greatly expanded translation coverage.
- Changes in 2.8-beta1:
* Added a proper config dialog. Scale and position settings are previewed in
real-time as the controls are moved.
* Added a Skins page to the config dialog, allowing to list, choose, install and
remove (given the necessary write permissions) skins. The skin format has been
slightly augmented to allow skins to ship a preview icon for the list. Skins can
be switched at runtime without a restart.
* The Plastik skin by Daniel 'suslik' D. has been added to the base package.
* Added support for splitting a session into multiple terminals. Horizontal and
vertical splits can be added and removed at will, as well as resized and
collapsed. To add a split at the active terminal's position, use the keyboard
shortcuts or the session tab context menu. To open a session preconfigred with
a certain split layout click and hold the New Session button on the tab bar,
then choose from the list, or set up keyboard shortcuts for the preconfigured
session types in the shortcut dialog.
* The main menu has been redesigned to conform more to established KDE practices
in layout and naming. Several items have been added corresponding to new Yakuake
* Added a fullscreen mode.
* Improved support for Xinerama multi-head setups.
* Added a first-run dialog to allow changing the open/close shortcut before it
is needed. Note: First-time users of this Yakuake version will be greeted by
this dialog as well.
* Added an About dialog.
* The startup notification popup can now be disabled in the config dialog.
* Activating the open/close shortcut will now bring the Yakuake window to the
foreground and focus it if it was already open but unfocussed, at popular
* Opening dialogs from Yakuake will no longer cause the window to retract.
* Tabs can now be moved. Added corresponding keyboard shortcuts.
* Tabs now have context menus containing several relevant actions, such as
moving and closing them.
* Double-clicking the tab-bar will now open a new session, consistent with
Konsole and other KDE applications.
* Renaming a tab using the in-line edit feature now requires a double-click on
the tab, consistent with established KDE behavior.
* The in-line tab renaming control can now be cancelled with ESC.
* Fixed the interaction model of the tab bar and the buttons to allow cancelling
activations by releasing the mouse button outside of them.
* Added various new keyboard shortcuts corresponding to new Yakuake features and
improved consistency with Konsole in existing shortcuts (e.g. added the
alternate new session shortcut from Konsole).
* Added keyboard shortcuts to switch to session 1 through 12.
* Added keyboard shortcuts to adjust the width and height of the window.
* Added an action and shortcut to paste the X11 selection buffer.
* Added an action to quit Yakuake.
* Made the quit warning with multiple open sessions behave consistently with
* Greatly expanded DCOP interface. Added various new calls corresponding to new
Yakuake features. Made it easier to get information about the application's
state out of it, e.g. the title text of a session or sub-terminal. Fixed bugs
that caused related calls to reply with incorrect information.
* Added What's This help and tooltips to interface elements.
* Optimized the title bar to avoid unnecessary repaints.
* Fixed crashes when using the slotRunCommandInSession DCOP call due to lack of
bounds-checking. Fixed a similar problem with slotRenameSession.
* Bugs that caused the background updating of translucent parts of the Yakuake
window to stop have been fixed.
* Adding a translucent session while the window is closed should no longer
result in a corrupted terminal background when opening the Yakuake window.
* Yakuake will now fall back to the default skin on startup if the skin stored
in the settings cannot be found, rather than crash.
* Fixed a crash when loading non-translucent button images from skins.
* Bugs that caused the quick access options in the menu to come out of sync with
the actual settings have been fixed.
* Fixed " - " postfix showing after the session title text when using skins
without their own postfix.
* Fixed a crash when a terminal in a tab other than the currently selected tab
* Ported preferences handling to KDE's KConfigXT framework. Aside from cleaner
code, this improves over the old preferences handling by avoiding unnecessary
disk activity (and thus spurious hard drive spin-ups on laptop computers and
other battery-bound devices).
* Disabled startup notifications (i.e. KDE's bouncing cursor) for Yakuake.
* Updated the installation colation of the .desktop menu file to conform to
modern XDG standards.
Changes in 2.7.5:
* Further translations have been added.
* Yakuake no longer spawns login shells in new sessions.
* A keyboard shortcut to rename the selected session has been added.
* The default keyboard shortcuts and their names are now consistent with
* A bug that led to the tab bar not updating after a slotSelectSession DCOP
call was issued has been fixed.
* A bug that could lead to the slotRenameSession DCOP call failing to set a
session label after an older session had been closed has been fixed.
* Upon attempting to set an all-whitespace session label, the label will now
fall back to its prior setting rather than a default label.
* Yakuake will now display a warning before quitting the application with
multiple tabs open.
Changes in 2.7.4:
* A bug in the Makefiles that led to the configure script being run twice has
* The source code is now localizable. First translations are included.
* A bug that could result in a crash on quit has been fixed.
* A bug that could prevent the first line in a new session from being used up to
the full width of the terminal has been fixed.
* The COLORTERM environment variable is now being set in new sessions,
triggering the color detection of Midnight Commander.
* The default session labels are now consistent with Konsole.
* Whitespace at the beginning or end of session labels will now be trimmed.
* Setting all-whitespace session labels is no longer possible.
Changes in 2.7.3:
* Inline renaming of tabs by double-clicking on the tab label
* Processes can now interact with titlebar text
* DCOP call slotToggleState to open/close Yakuake
* DCOP call slotGetSelectedSession
* DCOP call slotSetTitleText