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Theme/Style for KDE 4.0

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Submitted:  Jul 20 2010
Updated:  Jan 8 2013


Oxygen style and decoration with support for transparency (see screenshots).

This is an official branch of the KDE oxygen style. It is kept in sync with the official oxygen style, and adds support of full transparency on the windows.

The style and the decoration are named "Oxygen Transparent" and appear as such in KDE's system settings (in both the applications and workspace appearance pages).

A configuration helper application is included with the style that allows one to configure both the style and the decoration in the same window. It is called oxygen-transparent-settings.

The provided script, named oxygen-setup.pl is used to:

- get the sources (from git)
- configure them
- compile and install the window decoration and widget style.

important notes

1/ The style (and decoration) should work for recent enough versions of KDE4.

Different versions (branches) must be used depending on your KDE version:

- the KDE/4.8 version works with KDE/4.8 (tested), and possibly some earlier verions (not tested)

- the KDE/4.9 version works with KDE/4.9 (tested)

- the master version works with latest KDE, compiled from git. It may not work with any earlier KDE release.

New versions will be added (KDE/4.10, etc.) when the corresponding KDE4 version is out.

One can switch between branches by running the script and specifying the relevant branch:

oxygen-setup.pl --branch KDE/4.8
oxygen-setup.pl --branch KDE/4.9
oxygen-setup.pl --branch master

By default (when no branch is specified), the master branch is used.

There is a number of additional options available for the setup script. To get a list of them, type:
./oxygen-setup.pl --help

2/ Since March 4th 2011, oxygen-transparent has moved to git.

The project home page is:


You can get the sources directly using:

git clone git://anongit.kde.org/oxygen-transparent

3/ KDE development packages are needed for the compilation to succeed (see below)

Feedback highly appreciated either here on on IRC, #oxygen. (ping hpereira, or hugo)


There are automatic builds linked in the download section which have been provided by others (thanks !).

Only the first download (the script) is maintained by me, it always provide the latest svn version of the code.

Needed packages for installation/compilation

(thanks to MezzeForte for providing the list):

- gcc-c++
- git
- cmake
- kdebase-workspace-dev
- libxrender-dev
- libx11-dev

- Depending on the distribution you have the name of the packages might change a bit

- there are usually more packages needed by the packages above and installed via dependency.

For instance,

sudo apt-get install build-essential cmake kdelibs5-dev kdebase-workspace-dev libxrender-dev libx11-dev git

should work on recent enough Ubuntu (thanks to Antelmo for posting. See page5).


Even though oxygen-transparent is not officially part of KDE you can report bugs to https://bugs.kde.org.
You would need to select Oxygen as a product, and Style as a component.

Make sure that "Oxygen-Transparent" appears in the bug title so that it does not get confused with official oxygen bugs.

Posting bug reports at bugs.kde.org is highly recommended rather than posting comments on this page, as it makes my life much easier at bookkeeping.


- synchronized with latest oxygen
- created KDE/4.10 branch
- Warning: if you are using the "master" branch (which targets KDE/4.11), you will have conflicts with oxygen (@KDE) configuration, unless you are also using kde from git repositories
This is due to backward incompatible changes in the configuration code.

- attempt at fixing bug concerning window positionning on screen for multi-screen setup
- changes in version policy. New available branches are KDE/4.8, KDE/4.9, and master. KDE/4.10 branch will be added as soon as the corresponding KDE4 version is released. The "stable" branch has been removed.

- synchronized with oxygen (KDE/4.9)
- fixed crash at exit for virtually all KDE applications

- synchronized with oxygen
- use icon from icon theme for tab-close button
- updated install script to deal with master and stable branch

- synchronized with oxygen
- fixed compilation issues with too old versions of KDE

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 by StephanG007 on: Oct 11 2012
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A few years back, there was talk of merging Oxygen and Oxygen-Transparent. (I think around KDE 4.6)

Is it still in the plans somewhere to merge them?

The reason I ask, is because I've used Oxygen-Transparent for a long time now, and I really love it, and would very much like to see it get some more mainstream attention.

And, for whatever it's worth, oxygen-transparent is the only theme I've tried so far that has managed to feel attractive, functional and subtle. Most other styles either look bland, or make font unreadable in certain cases or otherwise is so "in your face" that you can only handle it for short periods at a time.

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 help with calibre app

 by masterdany88 on: Oct 14 2012
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Hey. I was always using oxygent transparent with calibre application.
but now it dosnt support transparent. please help

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 by floopy1962 on: Oct 17 2012
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hey Hugo my man.. can i make root windows to use oxygen-transperent ? few versions back i was able to do it with "kdesudo systemsettings" and pick the theme from there but now it doesn't work... any ideas ?

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 Re: ...

 by meconiotronic on: Oct 22 2012
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Yes, you can log in kde with root user and set the theme to oxygen transparent. But you need to modify your kdmrc to allow root login.

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 Re: Re: ...

 by floopy1962 on: Oct 22 2012
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and i should work with root all the time ?

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 Bug - All windows opening in first monitor

 by whattheunk1 on: Nov 12 2012
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Oxygen Transparent is making all windows open in my first monitor. Filed a bug here:

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 Can't install on Kubuntu

 by kejos on: Nov 23 2012
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It would appear that even when i'm building oxygen-transparent with --branch stable I keep having an error:
I'm Using Kubntu 12.10 with Kde 4.9.2

[ 14%] Building CXX object decoration/CMakeFiles/kwin3_oxygen_transparent.dir/oxygenbutton.o
In file included from /home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenbutton.cpp:30:0:
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h: In member function ‘bool Oxygen::Client::isForcedActive() const’:
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h:92:51: error: ‘clientGroupItems’ was not declared in this scope
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h: In member function ‘bool Oxygen::Client::hideTitleBar() const’:
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h:119:34: error: ‘clientGroupItems’ was not declared in this scope
In file included from /home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenbutton.cpp:30:0:
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h: In member function ‘bool Oxygen::Client::hasTitleOutline() const’:
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h:365:34: error: ‘clientGroupItems’ was not declared in this scope
In file included from /home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenbutton.cpp:30:0:
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h: In member function ‘bool Oxygen::Client::hideTitleBar() const’:
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h:120:9: error: control reaches end of non-void function [-Werror=return-type]
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h: In member function ‘bool Oxygen::Client::isForcedActive() const’:
/home/i1szewczyk/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.h:92:66: error: control reaches end of non-void function [-Werror=return-type]
cc1plus: some warnings being treated as errors
make[2]: *** [decoration/CMakeFiles/kwin3_oxygen_transparent.dir/oxygenbutton.o] error 1
make[1]: *** [decoration/CMakeFiles/kwin3_oxygen_transparent.dir/all] error 2
make: *** [all] error 2

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 Re: Can't install on Kubuntu

 by HugoPereira on: Nov 28 2012
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Yes. Stable branch is meant for KDE up to 4.8
For KDE 4.9 and later, you need the "master" branch (the default). I realize this is not really coherent with what's in the comments. Will see if I can improve (basically, I need a real versionning scheme, such as KDE/4.8, KDE/4.9, etc ...)

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 Re: Re: Can't install on Kubuntu

 by tin on: Nov 28 2012
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I am having the same error when running with latest kubuntu 12.10 and kde 4.9.2. I ran the the setup perl script with the default branch master.

sudo ./oxygen-setup.pl --branch master
[ 16%] Building CXX object decoration/CMakeFiles/kwin3_oxygen_transparent.dir/oxygenclient.o
/home/developer/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.cpp: In member function ‘virtual void Oxygen::Client::init()’:
/home/developer/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.cpp:128:39: error: ‘setAlphaEnabled’ was not declared in this scope
/home/developer/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.cpp: In member function ‘virtual KCommonDecorationButton* Oxygen::Client::createButton(ButtonType)’:
/home/developer/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.cpp:220:18: error: ‘AppMenuButton’ was not declared in this scope
/home/developer/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.cpp: In member function ‘virtual void Oxygen::Client::maximizeChange()’:
/home/developer/oxygen-transparent/src/decoration/oxygenclient.cpp:1365:39: error: ‘setAlphaEnabled’ was not declared in this scope
make[2]: *** [decoration/CMakeFiles/kwin3_oxygen_transparent.dir/oxygenclient.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [decoration/CMakeFiles/kwin3_oxygen_transparent.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2
system make>&1 failed: 512

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 Re: Re: Can't install on Kubuntu

 by HugoPereira on: Nov 28 2012
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Well. That is not *the same* error.
This new error is due to the fact that ... well ...
oxygen-transparent now compiles only with latest KDE (that will be KDE4.10 in a couple of weeks). Basically (sorry about that), there is no branch at the moment that compiles against KDE 4.9. Sorry.
I'll see if I can fix in the comming days.

In the meanwhile, in your oxygen-transparent source directory, you can make

git checkout 27cd05b33653322ecbde5f66776c173dc3fcc46e^

git checkout -b myBranch

And try recompile. This "should" work, though I have not tested.


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 Re: Re: Can't install on Kubuntu

 by tin on: Nov 28 2012
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Sorry, I only noticed it was not the same error after I posted the reply but thanks for the quick answer.

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 Re: Re: Can't install on Kubuntu

 by HugoPereira on: Nov 29 2012
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Ok. I think I have cleaned up a bit the "version" mess that causes your problems.
There are now three versions:
KDE/4.8, which was the old "stable" version
KDE/4.9, which should suit your needs
master, which should be compiled against latest KDE (from git).
master will be copied to KDE/4.10 when this version of KDE4 is released, and development will go on into the master branch only.
Give a shot at: oxygen-setup.pl -b KDE/4.9, it should work out of the box. Feel free to report any new errors.


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 Just a suggestion

 by obedlink on: Dec 1 2012
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[English]works perfect in Kubuntu 12.10, just a suggestion, the scroll bar of transparency, should show the value from 0 to 100, to put the same value on "Style and decorated windows section."

[Spanish]funciona perfecto en Kubuntu 12.10, solo una sugerencia, la barra de desplazamiento de la transparencia, deberia mostrar el valor de 0 a 100, para poner el mismo valor en "Estilo y decorado de ventanas".

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 Re: Just a suggestion

 by HugoPereira on: Dec 1 2012
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Agreed, and I'll do so.
However, note that you can
- set the transparency in the widget style
- set the decoration to "use widget style opacity settings" (which disable the slider at the same time).
This way you are sure you have the same value for both. Also for applications that keep opaque windows (such as firefox and all gtk applications) you would get a matching opaque decoration.

Feedback welcome,


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