Oyranos CMS cross desktop settings for the KDE system settings panel. KolorServer supports the X Color Management spec as a kded module for KWin.
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Latest commit f643920 Feb 12, 2017 @beku beku bump version to 1.1.1


KDE KolorManager README

The Color Management System (CMS) Oyranos allows the coordination of device specific Informations (ICC profiles) und system wide settings. KolorManager is a KDE Systemssettings component for Oyranos.


  • kmdevices (Kolor Management Devices - Monitor/Printer/etc. profile setup)
  • kminfo (Kolor Management Information - Displays specific profile information)
  • kmsettings (Kolor Management Settings - Change behavior and policy settings)


  • The v1.1.0 tagged release builds fine using Oyranos-0.9.6 .
  • Actual git should the latest Oyranos from it's git repository. KolorManager gets updated pretty quick to Oyranos changes.
  • Synnefo's libOyranosSynnefo is used for the program logic


Enter the following commands:

mkdir build && cd build/
cmake ..
make install


This build should install a "Kolor Management" icon in the KF5 settings window, under "Computer Administration". An alternative method for running the individual modules would be to type this in a terminal:

kcmshell5 [KMMODULE]     (Where KMMODULE is "kcm_kmdevices", "kcm_kminfo", or "kcm_kmsettings")  

This is handy for displaying debug information through the console.

Build Notes

The following files are installed under each module directory. They are shown here for reference:

MODULE.cpp (source code) MODULE.h (header) MODULE.ui (Qt Designer file) icons.qrc (resource file for icons in 'kmdevices' and 'kminfo') ui_MODULE.h (Qt designer header file - for hand coding purposes) CMakeLists.txt (build instructions for each module)



# local debug build
mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=~/.local -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=debugfull -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-g -Wall" ../kolor-manager
#Possibly prepend the PKG_CONFIG_PATH variable to reflect Oyranos...
kbuildsycoca5 # update KDEs internal icon and module cachings
kcmshell5 kminfo & # start


echo $!  # obtain process id from bashs most recent process - kcmshell5
KDE_DEBUG=1 gdb kcmshell5  # the variable avoid KDE's crash handler
gdb > attach to process id
gdb > breakpoint kminfo.cpp:line_number
gdb > continue

create tar ball from git

sha=`cat .git/refs/heads/master | head -c 8`
git archive --format=tar --prefix=kolor-manager-$sha/ HEAD | bzip2 > kolor-manager-$sha.tar.bz2

list modules

qdbus org.kde.kded5 /kded org.kde.kded5.loadedModules

restart kded (omit kdeinit5_wrapper to see LD_LIBRARY_PATH)

kquitapp kded5; sleep 1s; kdeinit5_wrapper kded5
# kdebugdialog --fullmode   might be useful

unload kolorserver

qdbus org.kde.kded /kded unloadModule kolorserver


  • started by Joe Simon in summer 2008-2009
  • KolorManager maintained by Kai-Uwe Behrmann 2010-2016
  • KolorServer was maintained by Casian Andrei 2012 (It is now a separate project.)

Known Issues


  • The configuration has to be ported to a Oyranos configure object to manipulate settings and then apply at once. This is currently not possible, as each setting is imediately applied to the Oyranos settings DB.


  • Camera support needs to be outlined first