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Window Decoration native KDE 3.2 +

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Submitted:  Jun 30 2004
Updated:  Feb 1 2009


Crystal is a kwin window decoration theme, which offers you (pseudo) TRANSPARENT titlebar, buttons and borders. Check out my screenshots! It also has some little usuability enhancements.

Main features:
* The style grabs your wallpaper and uses it as the deco background. It has several blending modes, i.e. it can fade the background into the defined title bar color, or it can brighten or darken the wallpaper, as well as blur the source image to simulate glass.
* Choose the blending color of the buttons.
* You can define the title bar height and border size of the windows.
* Right click on minimize button toggles shade mode.
* Middle click on minimize button sends window to below.
* Double click on program symbol closes window.
* Support for button themes. Basic button theme is included, feel free to swamp me with cool themes.
* Can show a tooltip of the caption
* Mouse-wheel on the title bar to 'scroll' to all opened windows of the same desktop.
* If kdocker is installed (http://kdocker.sf.net), right click on close button will send the window to the systemtray.

- Crystal needs KDE >=3.2 and QT>=3.2.
- May be very slow and memory consuming
- Don't forget to breathe, while drooling.

-- INSTALL ---------------------
Basic Installation (from the console):
- Step 1
$ ./configure
OR: $ ./configure --prefix=`kde-config --prefix`
- Step 2
$ make
- Step 3 (as root)
# make install

If you installed crystal while it was running, you need to restart kwin to use the updated version: kwin --replace

Crystal in common distributions:
- Kubuntu: Crystal is the default decoration since 6.06
- Ubuntu: sudo apt-get install kwin-style-crystal
- Gentoo: emerge -a x11-themes/crystal
- Fedora: yum install crystal
- Debian: apt-get install kwin-style-crystal
- openSUSE: install from repository http://software.opensuse.org/download/KDE:/Community/openSUSE_10.2
- FreeBSD: Port x11-themes/kde-windeco-crystal
- Mandriva: urpmi kwin-style-crystal

For KDE 4.x port see:

Source can also be found on GitHub:

Sascha Hlusiak


* Added Kubuntu button theme (thanks to Kubuntu team)
* Do not draw shadowed captions of inactive windows so it's easier to read
* Nicer defaults

* Probably fixed linking of kdecore on some platforms
* Don't hide borders when in half maximized state. Fixes glitch when restoring a half maximized window.

* Fixed linking of needed libraries like Qt in rare cases
* Fixed crash in "cycle tasks with wheel" in Compiz/Aquamarine. Use KDE setting when running in compiz.
* Set default of "cycle tasks with wheel" to off
* Showing version in preview

* Fixed bug of not clipping when window is not visible (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/kwin-style-crystal/+bug/82870)
* Integration of kdocker: Right click on close button to run kdocker for that window to minimize it to the system tray. kdocker needs to be installed (http://kdocker.sf.net)
* Menu button is finally themeable. Added menu button images to button themes, where possible

* Added option to suppress drawing of caption
* Added the two more overlays "glass" and "steel"
* Merged the beautiful Kubuntu Feisty button theme

* Added Kubuntu-Edgy button theme
* Doubleclick is recognized on whole window frame
* Possibly slight speedup in rendering overlay

* Added sweet Kubuntu button theme
* Fixed button misplacement when returning from fullscreen mode

* Added raised/sunken mode to inline and outline frame
* Minor fix for outline frame with Vista buttons
* Configdialog changes/fixes
* Option to _completely_ disable all transparency code, for more speed
* You can separately define the color of the minimize and maximize button now
* Yeah, I think, it's worth the 1.0.0 now!

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 by johngreenwood on: Dec 23 2006
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This window decoration is absolutely amazing. I love it, and it's so configurable too.
Excellent work,
Thank you very much.

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 unrecognized machine

 by earth61 on: Jan 6 2007
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My problem is "machine i686-pc-linux is not recognized" when ./configure started. How to resolve becoz i'm a newcomer in Linux. I use openSuse 10.2. Thx.

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 Re: unrecognized machine

 by dralgebra on: Jan 8 2007
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Did you try to install the SuSE package that I provide? You may need a libcompat package to complete the dependencies. For building the package from source you need additional developers packages, according to your distro.

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 Re: Re: unrecognized

 by LiC on: Feb 16 2007
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i too have SuSE-10.2

and when i install this with RPM (from here) it installed
... and not working ((

but when i download SRC .... ;)

"... KDecoration’ has not been declared ..." and the like ((

but all packets be installed!!!
may be v10.2 used other engine?
(i'm beginner in Linux too)

result: not working. not once

P.S. but in SuSE-10.1 - it working ))
P.P.S excuse my for my english

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 Better transparency

 by cd1 on: Jan 7 2007
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Nice deco! I suggest making the title bar transparent to the window behind it, not the wallpaper. It'd be nicer :)

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 Re: Better transparency

 by arcane on: Jan 8 2007
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thats why he said psudeo, if you want real time then use Beryl or compiz

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 multiple wallpapers

 by belliott4488 on: Feb 18 2007
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This is a great decoration, but there is one behavior that isn't the best. Since I use different wallpapers on different desktops, the transparency doesn't produce the desired effect, since it uses the wallpaper on Desktop 1 for all the desktops.

I don't know how hard it would be to have the window decorations be aware of which desktop they're on, but it would be nice to have.

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 Re: multiple wallpapers

 by daddymac117 on: Feb 23 2007
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In the Window Decorations window, where you can change Crystal's settings, click the "Background" tab and check the "Track Desktop Changes" option box.

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 transparent windows?

 by KiteDH on: Feb 19 2007
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you said that KDE 3.5.x has crystal shipped, but i dont know how to make the windows transparent, can somebody help me?

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 Re: transparent windows?

 by dralgebra on: Feb 19 2007
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No, it's Kubuntu that has Crystal already as default window decoration integrated, unless changed. For other distributions you need to install it manually and activate it in the window decoration section of kcontrol.

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 No scrollwheel

 by bory2201 on: Feb 26 2007
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First of all, let me thank you for this graeat theme. I have noticed, however, that i can't shade a window with my scrollwheel using crystal theme. The wheel works with other themes, so the settings are correct. I use Gentoo linux, crystal-1.0.2 with kde-3.5.6

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 Re: No scrollwheel

 by dralgebra on: Feb 26 2007
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You need to disable crystal's "Cycle tasks with mouse wheel" option to make use of KDEs implementations.

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