The Linux-based application called Kontact, a personal information manager, contains all of these different applications and functions in one. This article shows you how to install Kontact and provides an overview of some of the features Kontact offers its users.
What is contact?
Kontact is a free and open source Linux-based Personal Information Manager (PIM) developed by KDE. Kontact brings together all of the different applications people normally interact with – email, calendar, contacts, and so on – in a single window. This allows users to manage all of their emails, deadlines, and other data in a more organized and efficient manner. Both highly customizable and secure, Kontact provides users with powerful tools that give them full control over what to do with their data.
The integration of all these applications in a single window makes communication with colleagues and customers much easier and makes work processes more productive.
Ubuntu gives users two ways to install Kontact on their computers. These methods are explored in the following sections:
Method 1: Install Kontact with Flatpak
Kontact can be easily installed through Flatpak, a package management system that allows users to install applications without worrying about the libraries and dependencies required by various Linux distributions.
Before installing Kontact, you must first set up Flatpak on your system. To do this, open the terminal via the Ctrl + Alt + T Shortcut or by searching for ‘Terminal’ in the Ubuntu Dash. Enter the following command in the terminal to install Flatpak:
Next, to install applications using Flatpak’s graphical interface, the following command must be run to install the Flatpak software plug-in:
The third step is to add the Flathub repository to your Ubuntu system. This can be done by running the following command:
Finally, restart your system. As soon as your computer restarts, open Flathub and search for “Contact” in the search bar.
After the Kontact Flathub page opens, click the To install Button.
This will bring up a prompt for you to select the Open with Option and then click OK, which will automatically open the Flatpak software plug-in and install Kontact.
Method 2: installing Kontact using the official Ubuntu repository
A good alternative is to use the official Ubuntu repository, which remains the primary source from which Linux users install their applications. Since Kontact is included in the official Ubuntu repository, it can be easily installed using the apt command.
Before installing Kontact using this method, you must first update your system’s apt cache. This prevents problems later in the installation process. To do this, enter the following command in the terminal:
Kontact can now be installed by entering the following command in the terminal:
Use the Contact Manager
As mentioned above, Kontact consists of several built-in applications that each perform different tasks. When you start Kontact, the main window opens showing the side panel that contains the following components: the menu bar and the main landing page of the open component. You can easily switch from one component to another by clicking on the specified component in the sidebar.
The first component of Kontakt is that summary Tab that provides a complete overview of all other Kontact components. This includes whether you have upcoming events or pending to-dos or new messages in your email (see the picture of the main view above for reference).
The next component is KMail, that’s the Kontact email segment. The first time Kmail starts, you will be asked to set up your email account. Enter your email address and password and follow the next steps to set up.
After KMail is set up, you can check your email under the inbox Section.
The third component is KAddressBookthat stores all of your personal information and manages your contacts. The fourth component is KOrganizerthat gives you access to multiple calendars and to-do lists, helping you manage your appointments and tasks, as well as other timely items.
Another component of contact is Akregator, an RSS feed reader.
Why use contact?
Kontact is a powerful tool that allows users to access multiple applications for managing personal information in a single window without opening up multiple applications. Kontact is a reliable tool that has made life easier for so many people.