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Install as Part of KDE Software Compilation

Umbrello is part of KDE Software Compilation which means it comes with all GNU/Linux distributions. You will be able to install it using your normal software installation app (Muon, Software Centre, Yast etc) or command line package manager (yum, up2date, yast, zypper, apt-get, emerge etc).

The package will be called umbrello, some older distros will package it as kdesdk.


At least on fedora 20 it is also required to install the package oxygen-icon-theme, otherwise umbrello will not show any icons.


Umbrello is available from FreeBSD ports.


Umbrello installer and portable packages for 32bit and 64 bit Windows are available at the KDE download mirror network.

Umbrello on Windows is also part of the KDE on Windows distribution installed with the KDE-Installer. Please note that the KDE on Windows distribution does not contain the latest umbrello releases.

Mac OS X

Umbrello is available for Mac OS X on MacPorts.

Source Code on Linux like operating systems

The program has no platform specific code code, so should compile on any system with KDE.

Here are the packages required for building Umbrello:

  • CMake
  • GNU make
  • GNU C++ compiler (g++)
  • libxslt, libxml2, libboost (libboost is only required for umbrello < 4.13)
  • Qt >= 4.7, including development package
  • kdelibs development package 4.8 or newer

To install from source out of git, enter the following commands in a shell:

mkdir -p $HOME/src
cd $HOME/src
git clone git://  
cd umbrello
mkdir build
cd build
Check the cmake output for missing build requirements and install them
make install

Before running umbrello, you need set the KDEDIRS environment variable with:

export KDEDIRS=$HOME/umbrello:$KDEDIRS

Running the program from local installation under a KDE4 environment

Run the following command from a shell:

$HOME/umbrello/bin/umbrello &

You may add the following commands to your .bashrc or similar login shell config file to have umbrello in the users system path:

export KDEDIRS=$HOME/umbrello:$KDEDIRS
export PATH=$HOME/umbrello/bin:$PATH

With that you can run umbrello simply by typing:


Note: There are reports that there may be no tool bar icons after installing umbrello in a non default location. If this happens to you, please install an official umbrello version with your package manager.

Source Code on Windows

Umbrello could be build on windows from source with the emerge build system.

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