The Kate Application Configuration

This group contains pages to configure the main Kate application


This section contains a few global options for Kate

Warn about files modified by foreign processes

When enabled, Kate will notify you about files modified from outside the application whenever the main window receives input focus. You will be able to deal with several modified files at once, you can reload, save or discard changed files in groups.

If not enabled, Kate will prompt you for action when an externally modified file receives focus within the application.

Close Kate entirely when the last file is closed

If enabled, Kate will shutdown when the last file being edited is closed, otherwise a blank page will open so that you can start a new file.

Meta Information
Keep meta-information past sessions

When enabled, Kate will store meta data such as bookmarks and session configuration even when you close your documents. The data will be used if the document is unchanged when reopened.

Delete unused meta information after

Set the maximum number of days to keep meta information for previously opened files. This helps keeping the database of meta information reasonably sized.


This section contains options related to using sessions.

Session Elements
Include window configuration

If enabled, Kate will save the window configuration with each session.

Behavior on Application Startup

Select how you want Kate to behave at startup. This setting can be overridden by specifying what to do on the command line.

Start new session

With this option, Kate will start a new, unnamed session when you start the application.

Load last-used session

Kate will use the most recently opened session at startup. This is good if you want to use the same session always or switch rarely.

Manually choose a session

Kate will display a small dialog that lets you choose your preferred session, or load the default session if none have been saved. This is the default behavior. Nice if you use a lot of different sessions frequently.

Any changes to the session data (opened files and, if enabled, window configuration) will always be saved.


This page provides a list of installed plugins for the Kate application. Each plugin is represented with its name and a short description. You can check the checkbox with an item to enable the plugin it represents.

If a plugin provides configuration options, a section to access those will appear as a child of this page.

For more information about the available plugins, see Chapter 4, Working with Plugins.

The Editor Component Configuration

For information about this section of the configuration dialog, see the Editor Component Configuration section of the KatePart Handbook.

Configuring With Document Variables

For information about using document variables with Kate, see the Configuring with Document Variables section of the KatePart Handbook.