KDE Connect for Ubuntu Touch
davidcolombo last edited by davidcolombo
Someone ever thought about bringing KDE Connect to Ubuntu Touch?
Because it would be really cool to be able to connect your Ubuntu Phone to your Ubuntu Computer
What is KDE Connect?
KDE Connect is a project that enables all your devices to communicate with each other. Here's a few things KDE Connect can do:
- Receive your phone notifications on your desktop computer and reply to messages
- Control music playing on your desktop from your phone
- Use your phone as a remote control for your desktop
- Run predefined commands on your PC from connected devices. See the list of example commands for more details.
- Check your phones battery level from the desktop
- Ring your phone to help finding it
- Share files and links between devices
- Browse your phone from the desktop
- Control the desktop's volume from the phone
To achieve this, KDE Connect:
- implements a secure communication protocol over the network, and allows any developer to create plugins on top of it.
- Has a component that you install on your desktop.
- Has a KDE Connect client app you run on your phone "
Theres already a KDE Connect client App for Android, but also for SailfishOS.
A preview of whats possible:
TotalSonic last edited by
There is also GSConnect which is a Gnome extension that also allows you to connect your Android phone to Ubuntu but does not require installing all the dependencies that are needed with KDE Connect. https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/11/connect-android-ubuntu-gsconnect
As far as connecting your Ubuntu phone to your Ubuntu desktop - it would indeed be nice to have a port of GSConnect or KDE Connect for it - but until that happens some apps that might get you close are
Caxton - https://open-store.io/app/caxton.sil
Bluetooth File Transfer - https://open-store.io/app/ubtd.fourloop2002
uFTP - https://open-store.io/app/ftpmanager.costa
WiFi Transfer - https://open-store.io/app/wifitransfer.costa
I think since ubuntu-touch and plasma-mobile could share apps.It will be a easy job to port KDE Connect client to ubuntu-touch. And the sources are in kde's git system.
I am trying to do that through I still stuck in finding where the Qt quick extension “com.kde.kdeconnect” is (A fool question isn't it)and I am just a beginner on how to develop a app to ubuntu-touch. (Maybe I should try to make some easy qml app first, anyway I really like kde connect in android)
davidcolombo last edited by
@xqqy Sadly theres also no KDE Connect App for Plasma Mobile, I just found source code and clients for Android & SailfishOS.
But from here, it seems the app only use kirigami and "com.kde.kdeconnect" for qt quick libs.
I think it should be easy to port it to Ubuntu-touch as if com.kde.kdeconnect compatible to ubuntu-touch
poVoq last edited by
Anyone looked further into this?
The Kirigami app is included in the Desktop version and seems to work reasonably well:
I guess the problem is that Kirigami needs a newer qt version? Not 5.9.5 as is in UT for now?
@povoq how cool wouldn't that be! I already had fun with kde connect on my pinephone with mobian.
sadly ubuntu touch aren't able to keep up with the qt fast enough to enable kde apps on ubuntu touch atm. nicofee of kde(connect) expressed interest in porting kde connect to ut sometime ago (before the qt 5.12) at the time it was running on qt 5.12 and ut was on qt 5.9. now kde connect is on 5.15(i think) while ut is on 5.12
AppLee last edited by
If I understood correctly moving from QT5.12 to upper will not be as difficult as from 5.9.
But yeah, sure, there is a lot of work foreseen if we want to keep up with QT updates.
@applee Yeah, hopefully we might see Qt5.15 after the 20.04 work. And I don't think KDE will switch to Qt6.0 soon,
@kugiigi funny enough when i joked about ut jumping to 5.15 in the kde connect group, nicofee's response was "5.15 is not even out yet"