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This is for Kate 5 (KTextEditor from KF 5). If you need a version for Kate 4, use the v0.6 release.


How to install these on your distro is beyond the scope of this document. Generally, install the Kate text editor, CMake, KDE framework development packages, and Qt development packages.

How to use

  1. Get an account at WakaTime.

  2. Get your API key.

  3. Clone this project and compile:

    git clone
    cd kate-wakatime
    mkdir build
    cd build


    cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr


    cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/opt/local/

    Finish the task:

    sudo make install
  4. Once this plugin is installed, open Kate and go to Settings, Configure Kate..., then in the dialog choose Plugins.

  5. Use the checkbox to enable WakaTime and click OK:


  6. Restart Kate to be sure the plugin initialises properly.

  7. Go to Settings, Configure WakaTime.... In the dialog, fill in your API key. Click OK to save.

To be certain this will work, check the file at ~/.wakatime.cfg.

Is this a keylogger?

Short answer is no.

See the WakaTimeView::sendAction() method if you want to be certain.