3 Amazing KDE Applications for the internet

These are my 3 favorite KDE apps for the internet.

by Pete
Published: Updated: 7 minutes read

DE, known for its impressive desktop environment (KDE Plasma), offers an array of remarkable applications that extend far beyond Linux. These applications not only grace the Linux platform but are also cross-platform, catering to Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS users. How cool is that?

As a recent Windows-to-Linux convert, I’ve embarked on a journey of exploring and transitioning to KDE Plasma-friendly applications. It’s worth mentioning that there’s a multitude of applications in this category that I’m not covering here. I encourage you to visit the KDE Applications page and explore the treasure trove for yourself.

Let’s get into it

Internet applications serve as the bridge to internet-based services, encompassing browsers, RSS feeds, torrents, email, messaging, social media, and more.

Head over to the INTERNET Category on The KDE Apps page for a complete list.

1
KDE Connect The Seamless Link Between Devices

KDE Connect under KDE Plasma

This multifaceted tool enables you to effortlessly transfer files, control media playback, send remote inputs, view notifications, and perform an array of other functions. KDE Connect acts as a versatile bridge for integrating your phone and computer. I rely on KDE Connect for executing commands and sharing files across various Windows and Kubuntu devices, as well as my iPhone. Its convenience and speed are truly remarkable.

An added advantage is that KDE Connect is not confined to Linux; it extends its reach to Windows, Apple’s iOS, and Google’s Android. Each platform offers its unique set of capabilities and features. If device integration is a priority for you, don’t miss out on this gem.

Features

  • Share files and folders quickly between devices
  • Phone notifications and reply from your desktop
  • Create custom commands to execute on remote devices
  • Remote control music
  • Use your smartphone as a virtual trackpad
  • Share browser links between devices with Plasma/Browser Integration
  • Locate your smartphone by pinging it with a ring
  • Works over VPN

2
KTorrent A Torrent Client that Delivers

Admittedly, I use Transmission on an Ubuntu server, coupled with Medusa, all accessible via a web browser from any device. In a technical sense, I don’t require a standalone torrent client.

Features

  • Queuing of torrents
  • Global and per torrent speed limits
  • Previewing of certain file types, build in (video and audio)
  • Importing of partially or fully downloaded files
  • File prioritization for multi-file torrents
  • Selective downloading for multi-file torrents
  • Kick/ban peers with an additional IP Filter dialog for list/edit purposes
  • UDP tracker support
  • Support for private trackers and torrents
  • Support for µTorrent’s peer exchange
  • Support for protocol encryption (compatible with Azureus)
  • Support for creating trackerless torrents
  • Support for distributed hash tables (DHT, the Mainline version)
  • Support for UPnP to automatically forward ports on a LAN with dynamic assigned hosts
  • Support for webseeds
  • System tray integration
  • Tracker authentication support
  • Connection through a proxy
  • Plugin support

3
Akregator Reviving RSS Feeds

Who said RSS feeds were extinct? RSS is how I get a lot of the news feeds I read. There are other media-rich aggregators, such as Flipboard, but an RSS feed is more efficient. but I found Akregator to be right up my alley.

Features

  • Both RSS/Atom feeds are supported
  • Fast search function allowing you to search keywords against all of your feeds
  • Integration with KDE Plasma (Notifications, taskbar)
  • Supports RSS 2.0, 1.0 and 0.9 feeds
  • Individual feeds or you can use global update settings
  • Browser caching to reduce network traffic
  • Grouping of feeds using folders
  • Archiving function for zipping up historical feeds
  • Custom fonts and font sizes

In Conclusion

You’ll find web browsers, IRC chat clients, instant messaging platforms, a Mastodon client, KRDC and KRFB for remote desktop sharing, alternative email clients for those tired of Thunderbird, and much more.

The world of KDE applications is vast, diverse, and waiting for you to explore. Don’t miss out!