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3 Twitter Clients For Linux That You Don’t Want To Miss

Do you use Twitter? Of course. Do you access Twitter through the web browser to get notifications? Yes. Then you are missing out some great apps that can provide you the same features as web twitter client. There are numerous of twitter clients for Linux that notify on the desktop whenever something happens on Twitter. I’m compiling a list of 3 twitter clients for Linux that you will find very useful. So let’s get started!

First of all, there are many applications that allow you to use Twitter without opening up web browser so if you use any app accept the three I am giving below then please share with us in the comment below this article. There can be various reasons for using the Twitter client on your Linux may be that you don’t want to polish login and log out button. But the major reason is if you can get notifications, read new messages, tweet posts without having to open up browser then why not use a client application. Yeah! That’s cool! Isn’t it?So let’s start with the third one in our list –

3. Turpial Twitter Client For Linux

Turpial GUI

Turpial is a simple GUI easy to use Twitter client for Linux. Turpial is written in python and released under GPL v3. Turpial can easily be installed and configured in various distros including Ubuntu, Fedora, and Debian. You can directly jump to the installation part here. The Latest version of Turpial 3.0 released with fixes, updates and new features. So 3.0 is even better, stable and feature. Turpial is easy to use and configure and here is how you can install and configure Turpial –

How To Install Turpial?

Turpial welcome screen

Turpial is already in official Ubuntu repository so you can directly install it using Software Center or Terminal but If it’s not or removed in future then you can add 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 GUI

Birdie is another simple, feature-rich and easy to use Twitter client for Linux. You don’t want to miss Birdie if you want to use multiple accounts. You can log into as many accounts as you want with Birdie without spending so much time. Birdie integrates perfectly fine with most of the modern GNU/Linux Desktop Environment. You get desktop notification whenever somebody messages, tweet, retweet or do any other activity. You’re always up-to-date with whatever activities are going on.

There is one thing that you may not like about Birdie is that Birdie does not have any repository. You will have to install it downloading .deb file from Birdie website. Although they provide instructions on how to install Birdie on different operating systems whenever Birdie gets an update you need to manually update it (that’s not good).

Birdie development was discontinued by  Ivo Nunes, the main developer of the project, but because of the magical open-source development system, the project was started back by one of the project lovers. Now the project is continued and soon we may have Birdie 2.0 (Out of the Nest – Birdie 2.0).

How To Install Birdie In Linux?

Installing Birdie is easy! You can go to Birdie Download page here and select your Linux distribution and download Bridie.

Download Birdie for your system

Install Birdie in Ubuntu through PPA

1. Choqok Twitter Client For Linux

Choqok GUI

Finally here is the #1 Twitter client of this small list. Choqok. The client that you’re most likely to like it and install it. Choqok is a free, open-source and features rich Twitter client for Linux and the latest version is 1.5. Choqok does not only support Twitter but network, and also StatusNet.Choqok is built using Qt libraries and hence it integrates seamlessly with KDE. But it works on other distros with different environments. Other distributions users can either install it using binaries or Ubuntu based distros’ users can install using Adilson’s PPA unofficial PPA.

Choqok is a KDE app so installing on other environments will also install several Kubuntu libraries. I’ve been using it on Ubuntu and have no problem using it on the non-kde distro.

Choqok Features At A Glance

  • Supporting micro-blogging service. (
  • Supporting self-hosted Gnu Social (Formerly known as StatusNet) websites. (Using their Twitter compatible API)
  • Supporting Open Collaboration Services API (Used by
  • 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…..

App has a nice GUI, like unity that allows switching between different tabs like, messages, profile, notifications and more. You can also hide unwanted tabs. You can quickly update status, update the timeline for new activities and configure choqok from integrated menu.

URL Shortner

One very useful thing in Choqok is the URL shortener. When using Choqok you no more need to goto any online URL shortening tool just use one embedded into the app.


Choqok numerous plugins/features can be enabled or disabled depending on user wish. For example, if you don’t want to preview images then uncheck Preview images plugin inside the “Plugins” tab.

Disable/Enable Choqok plugins

Authenticate twitter account


As told above Choqok can sign in multiple accounts simultaneously. To configure account go to Settings >> Configure Choqok >> Accounts and Click Add and select the account that you want to use in Choqok. Choqok uses the key to authenticate your twitter account. You’ll get a key as your log in and enter that key in the dialogue box that popped up as you clicked add twitter.


Choqok uses KWallet to store your data securely on the hard drive. Choqok setup will instruct you to setup KWallet.

Much More

There are many other features that you will want to try out i.e support of photo uploading from Flickr, ImageShack, Twitpic, Twitgoo, Mobypicture, and Posterous, etc. So try it out. Install Choqok and tell us in the comments below that how much you like it.

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

You can follow instructions on download page here for your Linux distribution and additionally you can download the source package from download page or you can install an unofficial PPA for Ubuntu based Distributions.
$ sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:adilson/experimental$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get choqok
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