The local structure around Cr3+ centers in perovskite KMgF3 crystal have been investigated through the applications of both an ab-initio, density functional theory (DFT), and a semi empirical, superposition model (SPM), analyses. A supercell approach is used for DFT calculations. All the tetragonal (Cr3+-V-Mg and Cr3+-Li+), trigonal (Cr3+-V-K), and CrF5O cluster centers have been considered with various structural models based on the previously suggested experimental inferences. The significant structural changes around the Cr3+ centers induced by Mg2+ or K+ vacancies and the Li substitution at those vacancy sites have been determined and discussed by means of charge distribution. This study provides insight on both the roles of Mg2+ and K+ vacancies and Li+ ion in the local structural properties around Cr3+ centers in KMgF3. (c) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.