MauiKit File Browsing



MauiKit File Browsing is a set of QtQuick components and classes meant for making easy the handling and browsing of the file system. The visual controls are designed to integrate well with the rest of MauiKit controls and the Maui HIG.

You can think of this - and other - MauiKit Frameworks as KDE's KParts, where each module accomplishes a specific function and when plug together you can quickly assemble a more powerful app. Components like this one are usually used and shared among multiple Maui Applications.

Index app using the FileBrowsing controls


MauiKit File Browsing has a set of visual controls and set helper classes. Some of the visual controls are a graphical representation of the classes or wrappers that consume the API models.

Visual Controls


The helper classes contain models andcontrollers for interfacing with the file system.

Minimal Example

import QtQuick
import QtQuick.Controls
import org.mauikit.controls as Maui
import org.mauikit.filebrowsing as FB
id: root
Maui.Controls.showCSD: true
anchors.fill: parent
anchors.fill: parent
currentPath: FB.FM.homePath()
settings.viewType: FB.FMList.GRID_VIEW


To use this framework components, you can import the module using QML as import org.mauikit.filebrowsing, or include the headers and link to the target library for C++.

Examples for every control can be found in the examples directory.

If you have any questions about MauiKit File Browsing, feel free to drop by the Maui Project group on Telegram as [at]mauiproject.

A complete guide on how to set up and create an application using the MauiKit File Browsing controls can be found here quickstart.

FileBrowser component



For building MauiKit File Browsing from source, you will need to be familiar with some basic shell commands, with a console aka terminal emulator and your distribution package manager.

Before building it, make sure you have all the dependencies already installed with its development files.

git cmake make kf6-ki18n kf6-kcoreaddons qt6-svg qt6-base mauiman4 mauikit4 kf6-kio...

Then you can clone the project to your machine.

git clone

Now that you have the sources, go into the mauikit-filebrowsing folder and start the building process.

cd mauikit-filebrowsing

Let's build the project into a separate directory

mkdir build


cd build

An lets build it. In this example the installation prefix path is set to the /usr directory; you can modify it if you want to, but bare in mind that you will also need to let know Qt where else it can find the installed QML plugins.


If everything goes right, the next step is to install it on the system for it to be ready to be used.


Once the project has been built from source - as explained in the previous section, you can install it.

sudo make install

This step will install the QML plugin to the right location.

If you don't want to build it from source, you can also look for it in your distribution packages.

For example, to install it on Arch based distributions:

sudo pacman install mauikit-filebrowsing4

Debian based distros:

sudo apt install mauikit-filebrowsing4

For Android, you will need to build it from source and install it at your Qt for Android root directory.

The easiest way is to build it using Qt Creator. Go to the project settings page, and enable the CMake build step for installation. That will install MauiKit into the right location. Remember you need to set the Kit to be Android. You can read more about setting up Qt from Android on their website.


The simplest and recommended way to use MauiKit is to just use the packages provided by your Linux distribution, or build it as a module and deploy it together with the main application.

Once MauiKit has been installed you can start using it in your QML files. Checkout the ApplicationWindow for a quick example.





If you find any syntax errors, missing documentation, or not working code snippets or examples, please consider reporting the issue at MauiKit File Browsing issues page, with the documentation tag.

If you want to contribute with the documentation efforts, you can contact the Maui Project at Telegram [at]mauiproject.

Camilo Higuita <>
Camilo Higuita <>