3 Twitter Clients For Linux

Do you follow people on Twitter? Without a doubt. Do you use a web browser to access Twitter in order to receive notifications? Yes. Then you’re missing out on some great apps that offer the same features as the web Twitter client. There are numerous Twitter clients for Linux that send desktop notifications whenever something happens on Twitter. I’m putting together a list of three Twitter clients for Linux that you’ll find very useful.

To begin with, there are many applications that allow you to use Twitter without opening a web browser, so if you use any other app than the three listed below, please share it with us in the comments section below this article. There could be a variety of reasons for using the Twitter client on your Linux system, such as not wanting to polish the login and log out buttons. But the main reason is that if you can get notifications, read new messages, and tweet posts without opening a browser, why not use a client application? That’s fantastic! Isn’t that right? So let us begin with the third item on our list –

3. Turpial Twitter Client For Linux

Turpial is a simple and user-friendly Twitter client for Linux. Turpial is written in Python and distributed under the GNU General Public License version 3. It is simple to install and configure in a variety of distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian. You can skip ahead to the installation section. Turpial 3.0 has been updated with fixes, and new features. So 3.0 is even better, more stable, and has more features.

Turpial is simple to use and configure; here’s how to install and configure Turpial –

How To Install Turpial?

Turpial is already in the official Ubuntu repository, so you can install it directly using Software Center or Terminal, but if it isn’t or is removed in the future, you can add the Turpial PPA and install Turpial in Ubuntu.

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:effie-jayx/turpial
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install turpial

Note: Firstly try to install Turpial without adding PPA if it’s not available in the official repository then add PPA.

Install Turpial Twitter Client In Debian

Available for SidJessie and Wheezy Backports. You just need to execute as root: aptitude install turpial  

Install Turpial Twitter Client In Fedora

Execute the following command as root – yum install turpial Any other Linux distributions click here.  

2. Birdie Twitter Client For Linux

Birdie is yet another straightforward, feature-rich, and user-friendly Twitter client for Linux. If you want to use multiple accounts, you don’t want to forget about Birdie. With Birdie, you can log into as many accounts as you want without wasting time. Birdie works seamlessly with the majority of modern GNU/Linux desktop environments. You receive desktop notifications whenever someone messages, tweets, retweets, or engages in any other activity. You are always up to date on what is going on.

One thing you might not like about Birdie is that it does not have a repository. You must install it by downloading the.deb file from the Birdie website. Although they provide instructions on how to install Birdie on various operating systems, whenever Birdie receives an update, you must manually update it (which is inconvenient).

Birdie development was halted by Ivo Nunes, the project’s main developer, but thanks to the magical open-source development system, the project was restarted by one of the project’s fans. The project is now being worked on, and we may soon have Birdie 2.0 (Out of the Nest – Birdie 2.0).

How To Install Birdie In Linux?

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:birdie-team/daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install birdie

1. Choqok Twitter Client For Linux

Finally, here is the most popular Twitter client on this short list. Choqok. The client you’re most likely to enjoy and install. Choqok is a free, open-source, feature-rich Twitter client for Linux, with the most recent version being 1.7.0. Choqok not only supports Twitter, but also the pump.io network, Opendesktop.org, and StatusNet. Choqok is built with Qt libraries, so it works seamlessly with KDE. However, it works on other distributions with different environments. Users of other distributions can install it using binaries, while Ubuntu-based distros can use Adilson’s PPA, an unofficial PPA.

Choqok is a KDE application, so installing it in another environment will also install a number of Kubuntu libraries. I’ve been using it on Ubuntu and have had no problems with it on non-kde distros.

Choqok Features At A Glance

  • Supporting Identi.ca micro-blogging service. (pump.io)
  • Supporting self-hosted Gnu Social (Formerly known as StatusNet) websites. (Using their Twitter compatible API)
  • Supporting Open Collaboration Services API (Used by opendesktop.org)
  • Supporting Multiple Accounts simultaneously.
  • Supporting search APIs for Twitter and StatusNet services.
  • Support for Twitter lists.
  • KWallet integration.
  • Flickr, ImageShack, Twitpic, Twitgoo, Mobypicture, and Posterous photo uploading
  • Support for shortening URLs with more than 30 characters.+shorten on paste, With more than 10 shortening services
  • Filtering supported to hide unwanted posts.
  • Setting your last post as your current status message in IM clients (Kopete, Pidgin, Psi, Skype)
  • Preview Videos from YouTube and Vimeo services.
  • Send Now Listening text. (Many of favorite players such as Amarok, Exaile, Banshee, Rhythmbox and VLC supported)
  • Proxy support.
  • So much more

The app has a nice GUI, similar to Unity, that allows you to switch between different tabs such as messages, profile, notifications, and more. Unwanted tabs can also be hidden. From the integrated menu, you can quickly update the status, update the timeline for new activities, and configure choqok.

URL Shortening Service

The URL shortener is a very useful feature in Choqok. When you use Choqok, you no longer need to go to any online URL shortening tool; instead, you can use one that is built into the app.


Choqok’s numerous plugins/features can be enabled or disabled at the user’s discretion. If you don’t want to preview images, uncheck the Preview images plugin in the “Plugins” tab.

Disable/Enable Choqok plugins


Choqok, as previously stated, can sign in to multiple accounts at the same time. To configure an account, navigate to Settings >> Configure Choqok >> Accounts, click Add, and then select the account you want to use in Choqok. Choqok will use the key to verify your Twitter account. As you log in, you’ll be given a key, which you must enter in the dialogue box that appears after you click the Add Twitter button.


Choqok uses KWallet to securely store your data on the hard drive. Choqok setup will guide you through the process of configuring KWallet.

Much More

There are numerous other features that you will want to try, such as photo uploading support from Flickr, ImageShack, Twitpic, Twitgoo, Mobypicture, and Posterous, among others. So give it a shot. Install Choqok and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Install Choqok Twitter Client In Ubuntu/Linux Mint Or Derivatives OS

You can follow the instructions on the download page for your Linux distribution, as well as download the source package from the download page or install an unofficial PPA for Ubuntu-based distributions.

$ sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:adilson/experimental
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get choqok