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KDE Other Utility

Score 87%



Link:  http://
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  2575
Submitted:  May 20 2008
Updated:  Nov 19 2011


KOSD is a simple framework for the KDE Desktop providing an OSD in response to media key presses.

How to install:

Step 1:
If you have an older version of KOSD already installed, remove it completely before proceeding.

Step 2:
To build and install KOSD change to the extracted source directory and type:

mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix` ..
make install (as root)

Step 3:
Log out and back in to make sure the modules are loaded correctly by KDED (or run kquitapp kded && kded4).

Step 4:
In System Settings go to Shortcuts and Gestures->Global Keyboard Shortcuts. Select KOSD from the components list and reassign your keys as needed.

Step 5:
Go to Workspace Appearance->On-Screen Display to adjust KOSD to your liking.

That's it. Enjoy!

P.S.: Don't like monochrome icons? Then create the file .kde4/share/config/kosd_keysrc. Put the lines


in it and restart the KOSD Keys service.

You can also set the mixer control by adding the line


where name is the name of your desired control (e.g. Master, PCM, ...).


Changelog from 0.8.0 to 0.8.1
* Fixed some power management issues

Changelog from 0.7.1 to 0.8.0
* Added standard methods for battery, brightness and volume, allowing the pixmaps to be kept in memory, which avoids hard disk reads and makes the OSD more responsive

Changelog from 0.7.0 to 0.7.1
* Fixed a possible crash, if no mixer control named "Master" exists

Changelog from 0.6.2 to 0.7.0
* Changed KOSD Keys Service to use ALSA directly instead of relying on KMix

Changelog from 0.6.1 to 0.6.2
* Fixed CMakeLists.txt not to link against libsolidcontrol which is no longer used

Changelog from 0.6.0 to 0.6.1
* Made KOSD Keys Service compatible with KDE SC 4.6

Changelog from 0.5.1 to 0.6.0
* Added support for (Plasma-themed) SVG icons
* Many improvements throughout the code

Changelog from 0.5.0 to 0.5.1
* Fixed the mixer to always use the correct master channel

Changelog from 0.4.2 to 0.5.0
* Split up the monolithic application into a KDED module for the OSD, a KDED module for the key listener, a system settings module and a simple access library allowing any application to use the OSD
* Replaced the old OSD by new, fully Plasma based OSDs. There's now a "standard" OSD similar to the old one and a "compact" OSD similar to the OSDs provided by KMix and Powerdevil

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 Internationalization ?

 by warnec on: Aug 13 2009
Score 50%

Hi. Are you planning to add i18n support in near future?

And one bug - even though I set volume on 0%, I can still hear a faint sound when playing music/video, so it's not muted.

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 Re: Internationalization ?

 by warnec on: Aug 14 2009
Score 50%

I tried to change kosd.cpp to see if it would handle hardcoded language change, and it can't display Polish national characters.


If not .po files, you could do it as an author of Root Actions Servicemenu did - treat displayed strings as variables, and change them depending on the language code (pl,zh,de, etc.)

I dunno how to make the Polish signs appear, though.

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 Re: Internationalization ?

 by bas89 on: Mar 13 2010
Score 50%

Internationalization would be great, you’’re right.

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 Re: Re: Internationalization ?

 by warnec on: Mar 13 2010
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TBH, it's not as important now to me ;)

The sound change OSD in KDE 4.4 looks much better than in previous KDE releases, so KOSD became somewhat redundant.

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 Re: Re: Re: Internationalization ?

 by bas89 on: Mar 13 2010
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Oh, ok. I still use KDE 4.3.5 :x

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 Version 0.5

 by joth666 on: Aug 22 2010
Score 50%

Just upgraded to KDE 4.5.0 and KOSD 0.5, and works great as always.

Even better really since it's now more integrated than it was before.

This is really something that you should consider to move into kdereview for a possible inclusion into kdebase for 4.6 IMO.

Not every program would need to be able to react to multimedia keys but two programs I use regularly could benefit from being able to take Kosd for granted (in a full KDE environment at least): namely Amarok and K3B. Possibly more, but those at least have their own OSD code. It would be great if they could just use your lib so the look and position of the OSD would just be inhertited.

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 compiler error

 by aubreybourke on: Aug 23 2010
Score 50%


tried following your install instructions. Got the following:

aubrey@L7:~/Downloads/kosd/build> cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=`kde4-config --prefix` ..
-- The C compiler identification is GNU
-- The CXX compiler identification is GNU
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc -- works
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info
-- Detecting C compiler ABI info - done
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++ -- works
-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info
-- Detecting CXX compiler ABI info - done
CMake Error at /usr/share/cmake/Modules/FindKDE4.cmake:98 (MESSAGE):
ERROR: cmake/modules/FindKDE4Internal.cmake not found in
Call Stack (most recent call first):
CMakeLists.txt:4 (find_package)

-- Configuring incomplete, errors occurred!

Any idea whats wrong?

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 Re: compiler error

 by bohoomil on: Aug 25 2010
Score 50%

You don't have kdelibs5-dev and kdebase-workspace-dev installed on your system. Install'em first, and than run cmake and make again.

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 No size adjusting in 0.5.1

 by hash87 on: Aug 25 2010
Score 50%

As far as i can remember there used to be a slider for adjusting size of KOSD in previous versions. In 0.5.1 there is no way to make the OSD bigger or smaller.

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 keep flash video in fullscreen

 by gcala on: Oct 15 2010
Score 50%
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Very cool osd!! But have a hard task for you (dunno if already asked): avoid resizing flash videos when in full screen and contemporary pressing volume controls on keyboard (an annoyance in kmix' osd too).

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 Command line usage

 by Murz on: Oct 20 2010
Score 50%

Can I show this OSD notifications via command line?
I searching the replacement for knotify that show auto-hide notifications (that don't group in notification history).
Can I activate your notifications via some command like notify-send?
Which params can I use to customize it?

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 Re: Command line usage

 by Murz on: Jan 3 2011
Score 50%

Maybe I can communicate with KOSD via dbus?

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