Logbook Version 1.2 for OpenCPN > 3.0
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Logbook Plugin for OpenCPN

This is Logbook-Konni originally developed by Konnibe. I have forked this from his git repository and I am continuing development. Konnibe has been unable to continue development on this logbook due to ill health.

SV Chiara Stella

Downloading the Plugin

The latest binary release can be found here:


You should be able to find binaries (RPM and DEB) for Linux as well as some for Windows and OSX there. There are also two zip files present, you only need the Layouts zip file (the languages zip file is already included in the distribution).

If the binaries for your platform are not there, then just stand by, we have several people contributing binaries and it takes a few days to get them in from everyone.

If you can't find the latest OSX release here then have a look at ptulp's fork of this repository here, he has the latest OSX version built:


After Installing the Plugin

Enable the Plugin

  • Start OpenCPN
  • Select Options from the toolbar (spanner icon) and go to the Plugins tab.
  • Select the Logbook plugin and click Enable to enable the plugin.

Install Additional Files

There are 2 additional zip files distributed with the logbook, you will need to install the layouts zip file to make use of all of the features. First you should copy these files to somewhere convenient, e.g. your home directory, desktop, etc. They can be installed from there. Either that or if you have the logbook source directory from git they can be installed directly from there.

  • LogbookKonni_Languages.zip (language data files -- included with binary packages)
  • LogbookKonni_Layouts.zip (layouts help and other files -- NOT included with packages)


These are necessary to display data e.g. in a browser.

  • Start OpenCPN
  • Select Options from the toolbar (spanner icon) and go to the Plugins tab.
  • Select the Logbook plugin
  • Click the Preferences button
  • In the dialog click "Install" below the label "Install Layouts"
  • In the file dialog select the file 'LogbookKonni_Layouts.zip'

Note that the layouts are customisable by the user and can be distributed to and shared with other OpenCPN logbook users. If you have developed a useful custom layout for your logbook then please feel free to send us details.


You don't need to install this zip file, it's already included with the package but we have provided it with the binaries so you can take a look at what's there or replace files if you need to.

Using the Plugin

There are extensive help files included with the plugin. To access these click the help icon (small book icon) at the end of the logbook main page. The help will open in a browser window.

There is also some on line documentation, here:



This plugin now builds out of the OpenCPN source tree. You do not need to build the entire of OpenCPN or even clone it from git just to build this plugin. It should, however, also successfully build from inside the OpenCPN source tree along with the rest of OpenCPN if you clone it into the OpenCPN/plugins directory.

If you need instructions as to how to build OpenCPN then see the developers manual at http://opencpn.org/ocpn/developers_manual

You need to have all of the dependencies required to compile OpenCPN installed in order to be able to build this plugin. Those might vary depending on your system.

Clone this repository from github

You might choose to fork this repository on github so you might use your own git: URL instead of the one below.

git clone https://github.com/delatbabel/LogbookKonni-1.2 LogbookKonni_pi

or, from your own fork, a command similar to this (replace delatbabel with your own git user name):

git clone git@github.com:delatbabel/LogbookKonni-1.2.git LogbookKonni_pi

Build on Linux

Note that you will need to have all of the development tools installed that are required to build OpenCPN. If you have any doubts then run the cmake .. command and it will complain about missing dependencies. At the very least you will need the g++ compiler and development libraries, cmake, gettext, so install those first and see how far you get.

mkdir LogbookKonni_pi/build
cd LogbookKonni_pi/build
cmake ..
cmake --build .

Build on Mac OS X

Tools: Can be installed either manually or from Homebrew (http://brew.sh)

#brew install git #If I remember well, it is already available on the system
brew install cmake
brew install gettext
ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/gettext/0.19.2/bin/msgmerge /usr/local/bin/msgmerge
ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/gettext/0.19.2/bin/msgfmt /usr/local/bin/msgfmt

To target older OS X versions than the one you are running, you need the respective SDKs installed. The easiest way to achieve that is using https://github.com/devernay/xcodelegacy

Building wxWidgets

(do not use wxmac from Homebrew, it is not compatible with OpenCPN) Get wxWidgets 3.0.x source from http://wxwidgets.org Configure, build and install

cd wxWidgets-3.0.2
./configure --enable-unicode --with-osx-cocoa --with-macosx-sdk=/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Platforms/MacOSX.platform/Developer/SDKs/MacOSX10.7.sdk/ --with-macosx-version-min=10.7 --enable-aui --disable-debug --enable-opengl
sudo make install

Building the plugin

Before running cmake, you must set the deployment target to OS X 10.7 to be compatible with the libraries used by core OpenCPN


mkdir LogbookKonni_pi/build
cd LogbookKonni_pi/build
cmake ..
cmake --build .


From inside the build directory, the following command will make packages for your current platform against the as-built code:

make package

Note that you will need to have the packaging tools installed for your platform and any other platforms that you build packages for. e.g. on Ubuntu you will need the development tools required to build deb file as well as the rpm package required to build RPM files.

To check the contents of the Debian/Ubuntu package, use this command:

dpkg -c logbookkonni_pi_1.27-1_amd64.deb

Packaging on OS X

Get and install the Packages application from http://s.sudre.free.fr/Software/Packages/about.html After installing Packages create the Plugin package.

make create-pkg

This will create the Logbookkonni-Plugin_1.2.pkg file in the build directory. Executing this file will install the plugin.

Building zip files

I can't find any way to successfully build a zip file with cmake, all of the online documentation about how to do this appears to be incorrect.

On Linux you can use the makezip.sh script to make the required zip files. They can be installed using the instructions in the "Install Additional Files" section below.

These zip files will be distributed with the plugin when we make a release.

The language files are included with the packages, the layouts and the help files are not and will need to be separately installed.


The plugin code is licensed under the terms of the GPL v2 or, at your will, later.