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I have installed the kate editor on CentOS 6.7 but it seems to be a very old version, 3.3.4, installed as part of kdesdk. On CentOS 7 I can simply run ‘yum install kate’ but, alas, not on CentOS 6.

What is the recommended way of updating kate on CentOS 6?

Thank you.

28 thoughts on - Latest Version Of Kate Editor

  • First you find out from wich package (rpm) your kate is.

    either you try to as yum: “yum search kate”,

    or you do the full monty:
    locate the binary “type kate”, usually /usr/bin/kate, then you ask rpm from which package this file comes:
    “rpm -qf /usr/bin/kate”
    take the main package name (the part before the version numbers)
    and feed it to yum:

    yum update [kate-package-name]

    YMMV, depening on what repos you have enabled or not.

    You can search most of what is available via, for kate, for example

    then select “CentOS 6” (maybe you have to scroll down for that)

    The EPEL repo seems to have version 0.3.8 of libkate at least.

    Have a nice week.
    – Yamaban

  • I do have an old version installed and only very old versions seem to be available for CentOS, the current version of kate seems to be 15.12.1.

  • If you’re fully up to date with ‘yum’, then that’s the most recent version of ‘kate’ you are going to get from CentOS.

    CentOS is not a bleeding-edge distribution that constantly keeps packages up to date with the upstream projects. If you want that, try another distribution like Fedora.

    The version of KDE in CentOS6 (which kate appears to be a part of) is unlikely to get upgraded to the version in CentOS7.

    There is a 3rd-party repository that might have an upgraded KDE:

    (I found this on the list of 3rd party repos here:

  • GNOME can get a rebase to a newer version, but KDE can’t….. this from a former KDE user who would love to go back to KDE but refuses to deal with the issues older versions have.

    This is, of course, an upstream issue and not a CentOS one, and I know that…. so I now use GNOME, even though it would be nice to see parity in the allowing of a rebase of KDE like the one for GNOME.

    Trinity Desktop (TDE), is a fork of KDE 3.x, and not updated from that.
    So in ways it is older, yet newer.

  • What do people use as a programming editor on CentOS 6? My first impression of kate was favorable, not only did it support the usual programming and scripting languages but also markdown which I have recently discovered…

  • I personally use Geany and/or vim, depending on what I’m doing and how I’m doing it.

    You can find pre-compiled rpms for the latest version of geany for CentOS 6 and 7 on my website if you want them. (The CentOS 6 i386 rpm is two versions behind but the x86_64 version is up to date. I don’t have easy access to an i386 CentOS 6 machine any more to build an i386 rpm, but you can easily do it yourself by compiling the src rpm that’s there if you need it.)

  • I don’t want to spur an editor war, but I use emacs for programming and vim for quick edits, particularly on remote systems or inside a tmux shell.

  • Well, KDE has its own trouble, even upstream, and for RedHat / Fedora packagers KDE seems a clear second or third choice to work on.

    The Gnome upgrade from CentOS 7.1 to 7.2 was “urgs” and has driven me to switch to XFCE even @work, where I had to ask the sys-admins for allowance beforehand.

    vim / gvim / jedit

    Vim and its graphical frontend gvim are in use for nearly all my tasks as text-editors. A special place in my heart has (g)vimdiff which is a great help im my daily work (shell-scripts, php, css, html, js, and markdown make most the volume)

    The availability of a very powerfull text editor that can be worked with in a terminal the same whether local or remote (via ssh) gives a concistency that other editors lack, or, in the case of emacs, are not my taste at all.

    Jedit is java based, and for me in use where projects span bejond a single Operating System (Linux, Solaris, Windows and MacOS mostly).

    – Yamaban

  • I used gedit and Windows’ Notepad for a long time until I stumbled across SciTE.

    I now use SciTE on CentOS 5, CentOS 7, and Windows because it’s programmable and cross-platform. I have never actually used it on CentOS 6, though. It doesn’t appear to support Markdown out of the box, either, but I think it’s possible to add your own language files.

    The last couple versions won’t compile on CentOS 5, but I wasn’t affected by any of the bugs they fixed and I’m migrating to 7 anyway.

  • James B. Byrne wrote:

    Y’all now have me looking for one that does Brief emulation (the best text editor ever)….

    mark “or should we move this thread to alt.religion.editors?”

  • I for one am staying away from proprietary software at least for myself –
    to the best of my ability.

    Just my $0.02


    Valeri Galtsev Sr System Administrator Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics University of Chicago Phone: 773-702-4247

  • Thank you, I will download it. EPEL has version 1.24 of geany while the latest version is 1.26.

    By the way, does geany allow you to edit files over an SSH connection
    (fish protocol I believe)? Or would I need to first mount the remote server using SSHFS?

  • Is it possible to get geany on EPEL updated as new versions are released? The next version is supposed to be released on March 12.

  • I initially downloaded geany 1.24 from the EPEL repository but now wanted to install the plugin package which is not in EPEL. I visited your webpage , downloaded the CentOS 6 x86_64 version of both geany 1.26
    and the and lib-geany, which I assume is the plugin-package, but neither could be installed. The first fails with:

    geany-1.26-1.el6.x86_64 requires
    geany-1.26-1.el6.x86_64 requires geany-libgeany = 1.26-1.el6

    and the second with:

    geany-libgeany-1.26-1.el6.x86_64 requires geany = 1.26-1.el6

    which seems catch-22. Would you happen to have both of them installable?

    As an aside, it would be great if both of these packages were in EPEL so a simple yum update could work.

    Thank you.

  • You assume incorrectly. The description field of geany-libgeany rpm states:

    This package contains the core functions of Geany which will be used by Geany plugins. END OF QUOTE

    I have never bothered to compile the actual geany plugins for CentOS 6 due to a lack of demand and interest. I did compile and make the geany plugins for CentOS 7 available on my webpage a little while back, but that’s apparently not what you’re looking for.

    The first fails with:

    Install both geany and geany-libgeany at the same time and it will work.

    That I have no control over. If they made it available then I probably wouldn’t bother duplicating the effort. As stated at the top of my webpage, it is just stuff that I use that can’t (easily) be found elsewhere.

  • Thank you, installed both at the same time. Now, next question is: how do I get the webkit preview to use for markdown files? There is no mention of it in the plugin manager, nor could I find it in any configuration menu.

    Would I now need to download the geany-plugin package from that site and compile the plugins from scratch?

    Thank you.