File System

File Format

KDE configuration files are text-based. They contain groups of key-value pairs. This section explains their syntax. It covers:

  • localization,

  • shell variables,

  • complete or partial lock-down of configuration files,

  • editor utilities,

  • other advanced features.

XDG Filesystem Hierarchy

This article describes how KDE uses the filesystem, where it looks for files, and where it stores them. It explains how to change these locations. There is also a brief overview of the default settings used by major OS vendors.