Note: this blogpost may be edited to reflect future changes in the project. Current version is 0.1.1, released 2022-05-05.

Background story

On April 3, 2022, my friend released a Canvas widget for the Wallpaper Engine. That's neat, but there are three reasons I can't use it:

  • I have to buy Wallpaper Engine for $4
  • I have to own a Steam account
  • I have to run Windows

And two more reasons why I don't use it:

  • It syncs user data onto his server
  • The traffic is unencrypted (He enabled TLS later)

So I went ahead to make one for my desktop environment, KDE Plasma. The latest release is 0.1.1.

Rectangular widget split vertically into "Announcements" and
"Assignments". An announcement is marked important, i.e. bold red. Several
are checked and stricken through. Each assignment has its due date shown

Nomenclature: an "activity" is either an announcement or an assignment.



  • Automatically fetch course list (configurable)
  • Mark an announcement/assignment as finished/important
  • Open in browser
  • Auto refresh
  • Sensible due dates, e.g. Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday (oops), Friday


  • Toggle a checkbox to strike out an activity.
  • Click the eye button to open activity link in browser.
  • Toggle warning sign to mark an important activity.
  • Click "Refresh" to, you know, refresh.
  • Both lists are automatically refreshed at a configurable interval.


At least once, Kanvas erroneously marked an assignment "Submitted". This was because the assignment had its has_submitted_submissions set to true in Canvas's API response despite the fact that it had never been touched. I have no idea what is going on inside Canvas. Now that I've warned you, it is your responsibility to double check whether an assignment is actually submitted or not.


To use Kanvas, first you need to generate an OAuth2 token from Canvas settings.

An access token under section heading "Approved Integrations". A button
below is labeled "New Access Token".

Fill your Canvas URL and the token into corresponding textboxes under the Canvas config page.

Canvas config page: textboxes labeled "Canvas URL", "OAuth2 Token",
an empty text area labeled "Courses", and a button labeled "Fetch

Click "Fetch Courses" and Kanvas will automatically download all courses IDs and codes on record.

Same page as before, but "Courses" is populated by several lines of

The text area is formatted as:

[course id]<space>[course code]
[course id]<space>[course code]
[course id]<space>[course code]

where course id is numerical and course code may consist of arbitrary characters.

You can remove courses you don't wish to see, e.g. from a finished semester. You can also rename the course code, for brevity or whatever.

This time "Courses" only contains two lines with a course ID and a short
course code each.

Of course I know this configuration method is far from ideal, but I'm just too inexperienced with QML. I'll add that to my todo list.

As of version 0.1.1, you can set auto refresh interval, and whether to show submitted assignments in the General config page.

General config page: "Refresh interval" set to 10 minutes, checkbox
"Show submitted assignments"


Q: Did you name it Kanvas with a K for no reason?
A: Yes.