kmail with external editor

Ihor Antonov ihor at
Fri Jun 5 18:31:10 BST 2020

On Friday, 5 June 2020 00:46:42 PDT Harald Baumgartner wrote:
> Hi,
> kmail  4:20.04.1-0xneon+18.04+bionic+build70
> i want to use kmail with external editor (vim...).
> In older versions there was a possibility. In above version i didn't found
> this.
> Any help available?
> Thanks,
> Harald

Hey Harald,

It does work, I am writing this email in external vim editor.
You need to go to settings -> plugins and enable External Composer Plugin,
and set up the command to launch external editor.
Mine is 
    /usr/bin/alacritty -e /usr/bin/nvim %f

Make sure you have full paths as env vars don't work in this scenario and 
shortcuts like ~ do not get expanded.

After you need to restart kmail/kontact. Then external editor will open 
automatically when you start writing an email

Ihor Antonov
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