Konqueror the Web browser of the KDE Software Compilation 4 is, it can also be used as a file manager, FTP client or file viewer.

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Origin of the name

The name Konqueror is based on a play on words of the previous generation of browsers: First there was the "Navigator " from Netscape, then the " explorer " aka Internet Explorer from Microsoft and now the " Conqueror" - Konqueror, in English actually "Conqueror "; the K comes from the name of the surface KDE ( the names of many KDE applications contain a large K).

Konqueror as a web browser

Konqueror uses KHTML as a rendering engine, decoordination WebKit is also used in Apple's Safari browser and Google Chrome. This Konqueror is an HTML 4.01 and HTML 5 compliant web browser with support for JavaScript (ECMA -262) and CSS2 & CSS3 (Cascading Style Sheets) and bidirectional scripts, such as Arabic.

It supports the safe operation of Java applets (applets ), Netscape plug-ins for Flash, RealAudio and RealVideo as well as SSL for secure connections. Advanced features include auto-complete URIs, automatic form filling, use a spell check with free voice dialing, the ability to import bookmarks from other browsers, and known also from other browsers tabbed browsing.

Component structure ( KParts )

The Konqueror provides an interface that can be embedded on the means of KDE KParts technology numerous KDE applications, as it as components ( KParts ). These components then provide the actual functionality.

In this way, the Konqueror file manager for the K Desktop Environment ( KDE) with functions for file management available. These range from simple inter alia Ausschneide-/Kopier- and paste operations to advanced search the file and directory structure. This is possible both in the network as well as locally. Directory contents can be represented in many ways in text and icon display mode. This includes mini -screen previews of file contents. File and directory properties can be examined and changed easily, and programs can be customized with a click of the left mouse button to start.

Since KDE 4 ( in some distributions - for example Kubuntu - even earlier) was replaced Konqueror as the default file manager Dolphin, which is specially optimized for file management and ( KPart ) is used for file management functionality of Konqueror as a component.

About KParts can also WebKit for rendering. Html and. Svg files embed, whereby the support of (newer) web standards is improved.

Konqueror is also a full featured FTP client that can easily handle Windows shares (if Samba is installed in the system) and files using Secure Shell interact with a remote computer. In addition, he can access his Cervisia module automatically at CVS repositories.

Has an excellent property of Konqueror is able to connect two or more times to divide each window or subwindow horizontally or vertically. In each area match any content. So can be moved between different machines or texts and images are copied from websites for example by "drag and drop" files.

Konqueror is a universal file viewer that can display pictures and other documents of various file formats with as KPart eingebundener viewer, without having first to launch another program to do so. This is also achieved by embedding components ( KParts ) that are provided by other programs; KView for viewing images, kdvi for viewing DVI files, kghostview for viewing PostScript documents and various KOffice applications for their document types. There is also the possibility to integrate OpenOffice.org as engine for document viewing, as some distributions do without default on Koffice. Since version 3.2 of KDE is integrated with KSVG also a viewer for SVG files.


Konqueror is highly customizable to the users needs. This concerns the general style, the font and icon sizes, the selection of items displayed in the menu bar icons, the number and positions of the toolbars and the definition of new keyboard shortcuts. The various settings profiles can be stored to access it quickly when needed.


The KHTML engine of Konqueror has existed since version 3.5 free of errors the Acid2 browser test. When Acid3 browser test reached Konqueror ( version 4.7.2 ) currently 92 out of 100.

KIO slaves

About certain pseudo addresses can be accessed by eingebundener KIO slaves on many other resources in addition to HTTP. In addition to the protocol specification http:// following additional shortcuts can be entered as address prefixes in Konqueror's address bar or KDE file dialog:

This list can be extended by any additional packages, for example for ftps:// or package :/ /


Another feature is the Web Shortcuts (web shortcuts ) that a search engine query can be started directly from the address bar. In addition to some pre-set commands you can also create your own search commands.


Konqueror was introduced in KDE in its version 2, which was released on 23 October 2000. This sparked the KDE Konqueror file manager ( CFM ) as the default file manager. In KDE 4 (published on 18 August 2006) was replaced Konqueror as a file manager specified by Dolphin. Konqueror file manager continues to provide functionality by now Dolphin is included as KPart.