KDE Connect 1.0 is here!

Today we are officially publishing the first stable release of KDE Connect. Hooray! This version is the most solid yet feature-packed version we ever released. It’s been in development for a year now and it took a lot of hard work, we hope you like it!

New features

  • Trigger custom commands from your phone

Pre-configure commands  in the KDE Connect desktop settings so you can trigger them from your phone. Use it to extend KDE Connect’s functionality to suit your needs!

Android screenshot with list of commands

  • Reply to SMS messages from your desktop

Probably the most awaited feature ever! Now when you receive a text message notification on the desktop, a ‘Reply’ button will allow you to text back without having to use your phone at all. Note you will need the version 1.4 of the Android app for this to work, already available, as we had to ask for a new permission for it to work.

  • Receive desktop notifications on your phone

Contributed by Holger Kaelberer, this is the counterpart of the phone-to-desktop notification sync we already had. It might be a bit spammy sometimes, so we decided to ship it disabled by default. Make sure you enable it both in the Android app and the System Settings module if you are interested in this feature. From the plugin settings you can choose which notifications you want to forward to your phone and which not.

  • TLS encryption

Thanks to the Google Summer of Code project of Vineet Garg, KDE Connect now uses TLS sockets instead of RSA private-key encryption. This is not only safer against replay and man-in-the-middle attacks, but also faster and less battery-consuming to compute on your devices. Like SSH, we do trust-on-first-use (or TOFU, which sounds funnier) of the device certificate, and we have added a command line option to allow you to check the certificate fingerprints match on both ends.

Android screenshot with the 'Encryption info' dialog

How to update?

If your favorite Linux distribution doesn’t release an update for KDE Connect 1.0 soon, please contact the distro packagers and let them know you want it! If you are familiar with building software from sources and can’t wait for your distro to package it, you can always build KDE Connect 1.0 from the sources available on download.kde.org.

While the Android app is backwards compatible with desktops running old versions of KDE Conect, the just released desktop version requires you to use the version 1.0 or newer of the Android app. Since we have seen that Android updates reach final users much faster than their desktop counterparts, this shouldn’t impact your ability to use KDE Connect. Just make sure you are using a recent version from F-Droid or the Play Store.

Update 20/09/16: Version 1.0.1 has been published, which fixes crashes introduced in the previous release and makes it build again with Qt versions older than 5.6.

78 thoughts on “KDE Connect 1.0 is here!

  1. Wonderful!
    Any words on whether you all are still going to enable bluetooth support instead of wifi only support?

    1. Albert, thank you for the nice release!

      It is extracted to telepathy-kdeconnect project, which is not released yet. I think I will look and try to fix it (if needed) at October.

    2. It wasn’t working so we didn’t release it. It’s in the repo “telepathy-kdeconnect” if you want to give it a look. If I remember correctly, the problem is that it has a daemon that needs to be started in a specific order (before mission control but after kdeconnect, or the other way around, I don’t remember), but if you manage to do so it works: there is code in kdeconnect to detect it is running and use it.

  2. Great news. Thank you! This program saves a lot of time as you can type on the PC and copy it to the phone. Is the SMS answering working with Signal messages and Signal as SMS app, too?

  3. My biggest loss as I bought an stupid iphone. Any chance for ios support in near future? Seems like a perfect SoC :p

      1. The student who did the port didn’t stick around maintaining it afterwards. And after the 1.0 protocol changes (mostly related to encryption but also other stuff), it might need to be almost rewritten :(

  4. Hi Albert, first of all thanks for this great application. I updated today to kdeconnect 1.0 from Chakra repositories and it stopped working; I tried rebooting pc, reinstalling android application (version 1.4), but anything helps. Downgrading to 0.9 fixes the issue. Is required any particular step on pc? Thanks

  5. Felicitaciones Albert! Gran Update de una de las aplicaciones mas utiles que podemos instalar y la que hace que elija kde antes que cualquier otro escritorio!

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  7. Reblogged this on linuxrelated and commented:
    Falls noch jemand einen Grund sucht zu KDE Plasma zu wechseln: Wenn Ihr ein Android Smartphone verwendet ist hier einer richtig guter. Ich nutze KDE Connect schon seit längerem um Benachrichtigungen von Android auf dem Desktop angezeigt zu bekommen und um Dateien auszutauschen. Die Fernsteuerung für Musik-Player ist auch ganz nett. Ich bin schon sehr gespannt auf die Neuerungen und hoffe, dass Fedora die Version 1.0 bald als Update einspielen wird. Ich werde demnächst einen ganzen Artikel zu KDE-Connect veröffentlichen.

  8. Awesome, thanks a lot!

    I have one Problem tho:
    I can’t access the SD-card in my phone with dolphin (via the share by kde-connect).
    This worked in the beginning, but stopped working already several versions ago.

    Is there something I can do about?

  9. Thanks for the release! Did you plan to add bluetooth connection type to phone? WiFi use too much battery and require network connection, but bluetooth is low-power and easier protocol. Please add bluetooth connection to next KDE Connect versions!

  10. Thanks! This is awesome, Just recently moved to Sailfish OS. Is there a possibility to port it to SFOS?
    Is the Desktop app for Windows still under works?

  11. Awesome app. Love the work you have done. But there is a problem, I am running a CyanogenMod based ROM and the beta kde connect app on phone and the latest 1.0 on my Fedora Rawhide but I can’t see the reply option for replying to messages, any help how to make it work?!

    1. Ok so I got out of the beta program and now I can see the reply button but nothing yet works when I press it, will try removing configs and everything to see what happens.

  12. I gave up trying to compile kdeconnect newest release… on a kanotix jessie debian distro a required QT5 package only available in next release… it is a shame.. give us a solution to have the benefits of the new kdeconnect release.

  13. Hi, I “hate” you… Today i’m using KDE thanks to KDE Connect!
    Beacouse I’m a Newbie KDE user, Do I need an special program to get SMS working? I’m running kdeconnect 1.0 under archlinux and 1.4 apk from F-Droid

    File explorer/Where is my phone is working fine, but the SMS does not wroks :(

  14. Hi Albert, first of all thanks for this great application. can you expose a lib purple extension/interface (so it could be used in telepathy/haze/pidgin etc) ?

  15. Hello Albert, first Congratulations, now the issue … the Reply button is displayed once that is after receiving the first SMS after starting KDE Connect, a second SMS is not possible to answer it. I’m still doing tests.

    Kernel: 4.1.27-27-default x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.7.4
    Distro: openSUSE Leap 42.1

    Information for package kdeconnect-kde:
    Repository: KDE_Extra
    Name: kdeconnect-kde
    Version: 1.0-9.1
    Arch: x86_64
    Vendor: obs://build.opensuse.org/KDE
    Installed: Yes
    Status: up-to-date
    Installed Size: 1.6 MiB
    Summary: KDE Android integration
    Integrate Android with the KDE Desktop.

    Current feature list:
    – Clipboard share: copy from or to your desktop
    – Notifications sync (4.3+): Read your Android notifications from KDE
    – Multimedia remote control: Use your phone as a remote control
    – WiFi connection: no usb wire or bluetooth needed
    – RSA Encryption: your information is safe

    Please note you will need to install KDE Connect on Android for this app to work:

  16. I hope this program does what I want… But I don’t feel like installing 60Mb of KDE stuff… Dependencies like ‘kate-data’.. I have an XFCE, i3 and Cinnamon machines… Is there any change this project can be ported so it can “just” uses Qt and libnotify?
    I didn’t take a look to the code, but, have you planned a less-dependant version?
    I know you’re part of the KDE community, so I could understand it, but, I don’t know… Qt dep. is something common (qmmp, for instance, ehich I use).

    Well, I’d love to get it working here, but 60Mb is too much.

    Nonetheless, it looks awesome!

  17. OK solved.
    First uninstall kde connect from the PC, then delete the “kdeconnect” file in /home/user/.config/kdeconnect/, then install kdeconnect again, pair your device and go. Now can answer SMS from the PC.

    System: Kernel: 4.1.27-27-default x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.7.4
    Distro: openSUSE Leap 42.1

    Thanks Albert.

  18. Hi Albert! Thanks for this great application. I am addict from beginning.
    Everything is great but one small problem:
    Browsing internal phone storage works great, but browsing …/storage/extSdCard/ is not possible unless you enter existing folder name after extSdCard/.
    Than is possible to browse this folder and subfolders in it.
    What need to be done to see folder list in extSdCard ?

  19. I updated and it doesnt work anymore T.T (running Fedora)
    I deleted the config files, but still no sign of the other device (also restarted the pc).
    Does anyone know where the config files on android are? I’ll try to delete them too.

  20. Hi,

    I updated to 1.0.1 on the desktop, 1.4 on the phone, and deleted the kdeconnect folder somewhere in .kde4/
    The sms reply is still unavailable, on the desktop the telephony integration module says “Show notifications for calls and SMS (answering coming soon)”. In its information, version is 0.1.

    I get this both with the distribution (arch)’s package and when building my own from source.

    What could I be doing wrong?

  21. First, THANK YOU for the great great app!!! Secondly, I think I discovered the trouble with the SMS reply problem: in the “Notification Sync” config on the phone, it’s not saving the apps I leave unchecked. Because of this, when a SMS comes the kdeconnect on PC shows the notification from the app that handle with SMS and not the SMS itself (in fact, the SMS notification with the “reply” button appears very quickly, then it disappears and the notification of the SMS app takes it place). When I turned off the “Notification Sync” on the phone, kdeconnect on the PC is able to detect that a simple SMS comes and shows the “reply” button. If you could check for this… Again, thanks a lot!!

    1. You saved my day. Awesome discovery. Looks like the problem is identifying the right application used by the phone for the Messaging. Thanks! and KDE Connect is just Awesome!

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