Chapter 9. Krusader Tools

BookMan: Organize your Bookmarks

BookMan is Krusader's Bookmark tool for bookmarking folders, local and remote URLs, and later returning to them in a click of a button. The Bookman menu is divided into four sections:

  • Your personal bookmarks

  • Popular URLs

  • Permanent bookmarks

  • Manage bookmarks


You can bookmark inside a remote file system (FTP or SAMBA) and later use the bookmark to quickly connect to the remote machine, but you cannot bookmark inside an archive.

Figure 9.1. Bookmark menu

Bookmark menu

Using Bookmarks

Usually, you click on the BookMan II button (the rightmost button to the right of the address bar at the top of the active panel) when you are in the target folder. For example, to bookmark /usr/tmp, navigate Krusader there and click the BookMan II button and select Bookmark Current. When the Add Bookmark dialog box appears, the URL line will say /usr/tmp. Name is for the name you would like to give to the bookmark (e.g.: temporary folder). Hotkeys are supported by adding & to the bookmark name e.g. &sourceforge, &home, down&loads etc., so you can quickly call the bookmark name with Alt+foo. If you add the bookmark without entering a name, the bookmarks name will be the same as its target. URL is where the bookmark points to. Create in creates bookmark folders for organizing your bookmarks.

To use your bookmarks, click the BookMan II button and choose a bookmark. You may also use the Key-Bindings: Ctrl+B to bookmark the current item, Alt+right/left arrow to open right/left panel bookmarks list and Ctrl+D to open the bookmarks of the active panel. From the context menu of the bookmark (right mouse button click) you can open it in a new Folder tab.

There is a quick search bar at the top of the BookMan II menu.


The search bar will always be visible in the bookmarks menu if you check the corresponding item on the Panel Konfigurator's page.

Below are the rules to handle bookmarks:

  • Just type letters to search: bookmarks are matched by name prefix

  • If multiple bookmarks are matched by the prefix, they are highlighted and the first one is selected - hit Enter to activate the bookmark

  • Once a single bookmark is matched, it is immediately triggered. That is when you type 'h' and only one bookmark starts with 'h', it is executed immediately - no Enter needed

  • Accelerators work only if the keystroke is the first one

  • Backspace is supported

  • Search is case insensitive unless you type a capital letter. That is typing HamBurglar will only match HamBurglar but not hamburglar or Hamburglar.

  • Search bar is intentionally a read-only field

Password handling

One of the benefits of the bookmark manager is that the passwords are saved using Plasma™'s services - where e.g. your Konqueror/KMail password are saved. If you have a wallet, Plasma™ will save the passwords there. By clicking the bookmarks, a dialog will open and ask for your username and password. Supply them and click Save password. The passwords and usernames will be saved securely by Plasma™'s wallet (make sure it is enabled by your distro). The downside here is that if the system was reinstalled and you do not backup your passwords from the wallet as well as Krusader's bookmark file, something will be lost.

Popular URLs

The submenu Popular URLs holds persistent the most popular visited URLs (local or remote). This submenu displays the top 15 popular URLs, sorted by ranking, so that the top URL is the most popular. This is easy for when you need to visit URLs often, but do not want to create Bookmarks, it serves as a temporary bookmark list for the most visited links. Quicksearch in Popular URLs is a fast way to browse/select the popular URLs:

  • Open the Popular URLs or use Ctrl+Z

  • Type a few letters to narrow the search

  • Press Enter (you will go to the URL from list)

Permanent bookmarks

These are hardcoded bookmarks to the top bookmark menu; there is no need for them to be saved to the file. With the Context Menu you can enable/disable these permanent bookmarks. The following permanent bookmarks are available:

  • Trash bin uses Plasma™'s trash:/ protocol.

  • Local Network uses Plasma™'s remote:/ protocol.

  • Virtual Filesystem Virtual file systems (VFS) virt:/ is not a virtual folder, but a container for URLs from different file systems. It is used for e.g. the Feed to Listbox feature of the search module and the synchronizer. The location toolbar will display e.g. virt:/Search results 1 or virt:/Synchronise results 1.

  • Jump back or Ctrl+J brings you back to your starting position when you did create a new tab in the panel window. This feature is very handy if you go deep into a folder tree, then you can return with one action to the starting point. With Set jump back point here or Ctrl+Shift+J sets the current folder as a jump back point.

Manage bookmarks

To edit and organize your bookmarks, by clicking the BookMan II button and selecting the Manage Bookmarks, KeditBookmarks will be displayed. This is where you can edit/remove and rearrange the bookmarks. KeditBookmarks is a bookmark editor for Konqueror, Krusader and other applications, which use the XBEL standard for the bookmark format. The bookmarks are stored in ~/.local/share/krusader/krbookmarks.xml.


The default folder for the bookmarks file krusader/krbookmarks.xml is ~/.local/share. You can determine the needed folder in your system using the qtpaths --paths GenericDataLocation command in terminal.

This local file exists only if you have edited Krusader bookmarks. It will be created after the first run of KeditBookmarks from Krusader.

The default system bookmarks are stored in the kfileplaces/bookmarks.xml file in the folder which can be determined using the qtpaths --paths GenericDataLocation command.

KeditBookmarks is easy to use, however, if you need more information, please read the KeditBookmarks handbook.

Figure 9.2. KeditBookmarks Bookmark Manager

KeditBookmarks Bookmark Manager

Bookmarks as action buttons on the Toolbar

Bookmarks can be placed as buttons on the Main Toolbar or the Actions Toolbar. You can even make a key-binding for them:

  • Create your Bookmarks.

  • If you want, create keybindings for the bookmarks in the Configure Shortcuts window (SettingsConfigure Shortcuts...).

  • Add your bookmarks as action buttons on the Main Toolbar or the Actions Toolbar with the Configure Toolbars... window (SettingsConfigure Toolbars...).