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Theme/Style for KDE 4.0

Score 79%



Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  71205
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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 FAO Hugo 2

 by pepedopolous on: Sep 11 2010
Score 50%

Here ya go: -

pepe@pepe-laptop:~$ ls /usr/lib/liboxygenstyle*
/usr/lib/liboxygenstyle.so /usr/lib/liboxygenstyle.so.4 /usr/lib/liboxygenstyle.so.4.5.0 /usr/lib/liboxygenstyle.so.4.5.1

Interesting, the 4.5.1 file was created over a week ago. Think I'll try putting that one in the waste bin...

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 Re: FAO Hugo 2

 by pepedopolous on: Sep 13 2010
Score 50%

That did the trick!

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 by Kreisverkehr on: Sep 17 2010
Score 50%


i linke your theme very much

but i noticed that your setupscript has problems if it's in a folder that contains at least 1 space

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 Re: great

 by HugoPereira on: Sep 21 2010
Score 50%

ahah. Interesting. must be a perl issue (or rather, an issue of me with perl). Will look. Thanks !

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 Hi Again,

 by neaghi on: Sep 18 2010
Score 50%

I want to say, last days I update with regularity, and I see at home computer - Kubuntu Lucid /kDE4.5.1, work menu transparency, and in systray apear icon of JDOWNLOADER and if I change settings everything is fine , no more freezings..
At work I have Maverick and here menu has transparency, but the problem with frozen when change settings, still remain.I don't check yet if Jdownloader icon apear on systray.
Anyway is a big progress, thanks for your work !!!

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 oxygen and NVIDIA

 by nerdykid on: Sep 21 2010
Score 50%

any idea when the oxygen and nvidia issue is going to be cleared up? (system gets slower over time) I really really love oxygen ('specially with argb!) but bespin feels way faster now a days -- even with oxygen argb off :(

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 Re: oxygen and NVIDIA

 by HugoPereira on: Sep 21 2010
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Did you update (and recompiled) recently ?
The revision

Backported changes to oxygen trunk and 4.5 branch that fix poor performances when oxygen is used together with NVIDIA"

is supposed to address this issue (for oxygen-transparent).

For the non-transparent version, see:


It gives instruction how to get "native" oxygen, with the same patches (for both kde4.5 branch and trunk).

From the posted comments, it seems it is working (thought there might be other issues).

I'm actually very interested in getting your feedback on this.


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 Re: Re: oxygen and NVIDIA

 by nerdykid on: Sep 22 2010
Score 50%

I thought I was up to date with oxygen svn but apparently I was wrong. A few things I have noticed since switching to bespin:

Xorg memory usage (without plasma-desktop) balances at about 170Mb; before it was at 275Mb. Plasma seems to have a memory leak that will cause Xorg to gobble up vast amounts of ram (it was using 700mb once) over time (i think it is plasma's pixmap cache as killing plasma-desktop solves it); that problem also seems to have gone away but I have not used bespin for long enough to find out for sure. Also the system does not seem as sluggish before -- windows render faster especially with composting disabled. I will try out the new oxygen and report back :)

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 Re: Re: oxygen and NVIDIA

 by nerdykid on: Sep 24 2010
Score 50%

I must say; much better. Xorg uses only 180Mbs of RAM now; and the system is nice and snappy. Plasma still chews pixmaps though. The pixmap count climbs steadily. I caught it at 100mbs. But I suppose that is a different issue :)

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 Re: Re: Re: oxygen and NVIDIA

 by HugoPereira on: Sep 24 2010
Score 50%

Cool. I'm happy you're happy.
Yes I believe Plasma is a different issue.
To make sure, for some time you could use plasma (and plasma only) with a different 'widget style' (I know it sounds strange), by doing:

kquitapp plasma-desktop
plasma-desktop -style plastique

(or whatever style you like), and see if the same happens.
(first line kills plasma - don't be scared about the black screen).

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 Error on install

 by zaznetkherson on: Sep 23 2010
Score 50%

--- oxygen easy setup script

--- checking out source code
cd /home/alex/.kde/oxygen-transparent
svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/trunk/playground/artwork/oxygen-transparent
sh: svn: not found
system svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/trunk/playground/artwork/oxygen-transparent>&1 failed: 32512
- What i must do?

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 Other error on compile

 by zaznetkherson on: Sep 23 2010
Score 50%

cd /home/alex/build
Scanning dependencies of target oxygenstyle_automoc
Generating oxygenanimation.moc
[ 0%] Built target oxygenstyle_automoc
Scanning dependencies of target oxygenstyle
[ 1%] Building CXX object libs/CMakeFiles/oxygenstyle.dir/oxygenstyle_automoc.o
[ 2%] Building CXX object libs/CMakeFiles/oxygenstyle.dir/oxygenanimation.o
In file included from /home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.cpp:27:
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h:30:37: error: QtCore/QPropertyAnimation: Нет такого файла или каталога
In file included from /home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.cpp:27:
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h:39: error: expected class-name before ‘{’ token
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h: In constructor ‘Oxygen::Animation::Animation(int, QObject*)’:
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h:50: error: class ‘Oxygen::Animation’ does not have any field named ‘QPropertyAnimation’
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h:51: error: ‘setDuration’ was not declared in this scope
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h: In member function ‘bool Oxygen::Animation::isRunning() const’:
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h:59: error: ‘state’ was not declared in this scope
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h:59: error: ‘Running’ is not a member of ‘Oxygen::Animation’
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h: In member function ‘void Oxygen::Animation::restart()’:
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h:64: error: ‘stop’ was not declared in this scope
/home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.h:65: error: ‘start’ was not declared in this scope
In file included from /home/alex/src/libs/oxygenanimation.cpp:28:
/home/alex/build/libs/oxygenanimation.moc: At global scope:
/home/alex/build/libs/oxygenanimation.moc:39: error: ‘QPropertyAnimation’ has not been declared
/home/alex/build/libs/oxygenanimation.moc: In member function ‘virtual void* Oxygen::Animation::qt_metacast(const char*)’:
/home/alex/build/libs/oxygenanimation.moc:53: error: ‘QPropertyAnimation’ has not been declared
/home/alex/build/libs/oxygenanimation.moc: In member function ‘virtual int Oxygen::Animation::qt_metacall(QMetaObject::Call, int, void**)’:
/home/alex/build/libs/oxygenanimation.moc:58: error: ‘QPropertyAnimation’ has not been declared
make[2]: *** [libs/CMakeFiles/oxygenstyle.dir/oxygenanimation.o] Ошибка 1
make[1]: *** [libs/CMakeFiles/oxygenstyle.dir/all] Ошибка 2
make: *** [all] Ошибка 2
system make>&1 failed: 512

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 Re: Other error on compile

 by HugoPereira on: Sep 23 2010
Score 50%


So the issue with the first post was that you were missing "svn" package (which I guess you figured out since then).

The issue with the second post is that you are missing the Qt 'devel' packages, or you are using a too old version of Qt (< 4.6). since the compiler complains about not being able to find some headers from Qt's animation framework (QPropertyAnimation).

You need at least Qt 4.6 (I think) to have this working.

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