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KAFFEINE(1) Kaffeine User's Manual KAFFEINE(1)


kaffeine - A media player by KDE with digital TV support


kaffeine [-d, --debug] [--tempfile] [-f, --fullscreen] [-m, --minimal] [-t, --alwaysontop] [--audiocd] [--videocd] [--aspectratio aspect_ratio] [--dvd] [--dumpdvb] [--channel name / number] [--tv channel] [--lastchannel] [files]

Please notice that --channel, --tv, --lastchannel, --audiocd, --videocd, --dvd and files are mutually exclusive.


Kaffeine is a media player. What makes it different from the others is its excellent support of digital TV (DVB). Kaffeine has user-friendly interface, so that even first time users can start immediately playing their movies: from DVD (including DVD menus, titles, chapters, etc.), VCD, or a file.

Kaffeine uses libVLC as video/audio play backend.


-d --debug

Enable all debug messages. Please notice that Kaffeine also allows fine-tuning debug messages, by enabling messages per category, by using the environment var:


where category can be:


for dvb CAM logs


for dvb device and libdvbv5 logs


for dvb MPEG-TS SI parsing logs


for dvb EPG logs


for other dvb logs


for configuration logs


for media widget logs


for playlist logs


for SQL lite logs


for libVlc logs


The files/URLs opened by the application will be deleted after use

-f --fullscreen

Start in full screen mode. When in full screen mode, all menus are hidden by default. In order to unhide the menus, move the mouse to the menu locations, e. g. to the top/bottom or left position of the screen.

-m --minimal

Start in minimal mode. In minimal mode, the window decoration with the title bar is shown. All other menus are hidden by default. In order to unhide the menus, move the mouse to the menu locations, e. g. to the top/bottom or left position of the Kaffeine window.

Starts in minimal mode

-t --alwaysontop

Tells the window manager to start Kaffeine main window always on top of other windows. This option can be disabled later via the window manager, usually by clicking the title bar with the right mouse button and deselecting the always on top button box.

--aspectratio aspect_ratio

Forces Kaffeine to start with an specific aspect ratio, disabling the automatic mode. This can be useful on wide and ultra-wide monitors, where the user always want to see video in full screen mode using the maximum possible resolution. Valid values are: 1:1, 4:3, 5:4, 16:9, 16:10, 2.21:1, 2.35:1 and 2.39:1. If an invalid value is passed, or if this option is not used, it will default to automatic mode.


Play Audio CD


Play Video CD


Play DVD


Dump dvb data (debug option)

--channel name / number

Play TV channel

--tv channel

(deprecated option)


Play last tuned TV channel


Files or URLs to play


Kaffeine uses the file scanfile.dvb with a list of known channels per locality and per Satellite (for DVB-S).

When either new channels are added on some City, or when new Satellite beams are added, which are not available in Kaffeine, either use dvbv5-scan or w_scan to generate a new file (in the latter case, converted to the proper format using dvb-format-convert), and submit it to <>, with the subject “[PATCH] dtv-scan-tables: some description”. The new patch will be added to scanfile.dvb and the updated file will be available to be updated from the Internet in the Kaffeine application.


More detailed user documentation is available from help:/kaffeine[1] (either enter this URL into Konqueror, or run khelpcenter help:/kaffeine).
There is also further information available at the Kaffeine Page[2]


To list the authors of Kaffeine use kaffeine --author in a terminal.


Burkhard Lück <>



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2018-05-01 Kaffeine 2.0.15