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how to integrate Firefox into KDE

Tue Dec 02, 2008 6:38 pm
Depending on your distro Firefox can look alright to downright ugly. Here a couple of tips so as to make it blend in more with KDE. But first I must quote google01103 here:

google01103 wrote:for FireFox (and maybe Thunderbird) for Debian and *buntu derived distros see http://blog.martin-graesslin.com/blog/2 ... n-testing/

If you are not so fortunate, here goes:

1. install your distro's gtk-qt-engine
note: depending on how far your distro is with kde4 integration this package may either be called gtk-qt-engine or gtk-qt-engine-kde4

2. change your Firefox theme
If you use the default KDE oxygen theme install the oxygen theme for Firefox from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/59338
A more recent alternative is the oxygen-kde theme here:
http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Ox ... ent=117962

3. change the appearance of the file selector:
type "about:config" into Firefox's URL bar and type "platform" into the display filter below. Make sure that the value for
ui.allow_platform_file_picker

is set to false

4. Additionally, to fix buttons and checkboxes, install package gtk2-engines-qtcurve. Now open KMenu->System Settings->Appearance->GTK Styles and Fonts and set "Use another style" (under category GTK Styles) to QtCurve. Save it and restart Firefox (copied this straight from post #5 ;) - many thanks!)

5. For downloads - you may want to consider installing the flashgot add-on. It lets you use Kget as a download manager.

6. More and more distros have a package called kmozillahelper in their repos - it stems from suse and promises dolphin integration

7. There is also a nice addon forcing Firefox to use KWallet: http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Fi ... ent=116886

Please post your (distro specific) experiences and any tips you may have. I will keep this how to updated to reflect any improvements.

Last edited by toad on Sat Feb 26, 2011 1:48 am, edited 6 times in total.


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toad wrote:1. install your distro's gtk-qt-engine


In debian lenny/sid -experimental I think the correct package is named "gtk-qt-engine-kde4" witch is needed for KDE4. "gtk-qt-engine" for older KDE version.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

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tkoski wrote:In debian lenny/sid -experimental I think the correct package is named "gtk-qt-engine-kde4" witch is needed for KDE4. "gtk-qt-engine" for older KDE version.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
I can confirm that's correct in Debian.

The file dialog is still a problem, not only in Firefox, but in all GTK applications (Gimp, Inkscape, etc.)


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KGtk (Use KDE Dialogs in Gtk Apps)
Not the best one but still something.

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Additionally, to fix buttons and checkboxes, install package gtk2-engines-qtcurve. Now open KMenu->System Settings->Appearance->GTK Styles and Fonts and set "Use another style" (under category GTK Styles) to QtCurve. Save it and restart Firefox.


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LinuxIsInnovation wrote:Additionally, to fix buttons and checkboxes, install package gtk2-engines-qtcurve. Now open KMenu->System Settings->Appearance->GTK Styles and Fonts and set "Use another style" (under category GTK Styles) to QtCurve. Save it and restart Firefox.


I don't find it in Fedora 10.


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too bad the gtk-engines-kde4 doesn't work with kde-svn :( I have to use gtk-engines-qt and it has serious issues and fake looking ones >.<


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I found it under the name "gtkstyles-qtcurve". It doesn't look as a perfect integration:

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Last edited by Tabris on Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:21 am, edited 1 time in total.


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Hi!

check out this:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/207

it's a firefox plugin that opens files with the programs associated with them.

From the Plugin description: "Allows you to open any file from the internet into the OS assigned program. This is similar to IE's 'Open' or 'Run' file download functionality. ..."

I have it installed a week ago but I didn't really test it properly.. but I just tried to open a few files from within firefox (mp3 avi mpg pdf doc xls ppt) and it offered the right programm.

Maybe it helps you to better integrate firefox into kde.

ps right now I'm running Kubuntu w/ KDE 4.2 Beta 1 / Firefox 3.1

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I used to use that program, but more recent firefox versions supported opening in a program by default. However, maybe it will help me avoid firefox forcing me to open pdfs in GIMP.


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RE: how to integrate Firefox into KDE

Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:31 am
Tabris wrote:I found it under the name "gtkstyles-qtcurve". It doesn't look as a perfect integration:

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What are your settings?


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*Theme: Oxygen -> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/7962
*In System Settings, Appearance, GTK Styles and Fonts -> Use Another Style -> QtCurve.

It appeared when I installed the package "gtkstyles-qtcurve" using Yum. Are there differents QtCurve styles?

Mine doesn't look like this one -> https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/images/p/22837/1214935956

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wow the last one looks exactly like it was coded in Qt/KDE


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A lot of buttons are screwed up for me, as is the text in some single-line text forms. Otherwise it works decently.


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@ TheBlackCat

Open a pdf with the Gimp??? Christ on a bike - tell it to use kpdf or okular instead! Or use the mozilla-acroread plugin to keep it a browser based affair... The Gimp is nearly as bad Adobe's full blown acroreader itself in terms of loading times.

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