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What is KCP-Center?

The KCP-Center is a web site hosted on Github, that allows us to explore - in a visually pleasing way - all the existing packages in KCP, the community repository maintained by the KaOS users. The packages are classified by categories in order to facilitate the search. You can also access the descriptive meta-data of each package and view a screenshot of the app. You can access the website at:

WHELP helper

To facilitate the maintenance and the updates of KCP-Center, it has created an assistant, which is a script in python called whelp that allows to keep the website synchronized with the repository of the KCP's packages. One of the possibilities allowed by whelp is to assign a category or a screenshot to any package, besides to capture its meta-data automatically. The tools git and whelp combinated allow to update the website in an easy way, such as in this example:

$ git clone
$ cd
$ ./whelp -s
$ cd ..
$ git add .
$ git commit -am "update web"
$ git push

Important: The assistent whelp must always run inside the directory helper


The first thing you must do is syncronize the packages between the KCP respository and the KCP-Center. For it we run the next command:

$ ./whelp -s


To assign a category to package vscode we must run the next command:

$ ./whelp -n "vscode" -c "Development"

The categories availables are the following:

  • AudioVideo: Applications for presenting, creating, or processing multimedia (audio/video)
  • Development: Applications for development
  • Education: Educational softwares
  • Game: Games
  • Graphics: Applications for viewing, creating, or processing graphics
  • Network: Network applications such as a web browser
  • Office: Applications for office
  • Science: Scientific softwares
  • Settings: Settings applications. The entries may appear in a separate menu or as part of a "Control Center"
  • System: System applications, "System Tools" such like log viewers or network monitors
  • Utility: Small utility applications, "Accessories"


To assign a screenshot to package vscode we must run the next command:

$ ./whelp -n "vscode" -ss "images/screenshots/vscode.jpg"

Is important put first the image into the screenshots directory. The screenshot must be realized in jpg format and aproximatelly 550x500 px.

The screenshot's url also can be remote, like the next example:

$ ./whelp -n "vscode" -ss ""


When we update a package is necessary to update the meta-data in the kcp-center. The next example shows how to update the meta-data of the package vscode

$ ./whelp -n "vscode" -m

To update the meta-data of all KCP's packages we use the next command (it can take several minutes):

$ ./whelp  -sm

Show the package's information

If we need to know the data of the category and screenshot of a package, we use the next command (following with the example for the package vscode)

$ ./whelp -n "vscode" -i

Up the changes at Github

To update the KCP-Center in Github you must run the following commands git (in the kcp's root directory):

$ git add .
$ git commit -am "update web"
$ git push

You can test the KCP-Center locally before you commit it, by opening the file index.html in your favourite web-browser.