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What GUI Twitter clients are there for Ubuntu?

Please include reasons why you like - or highlight features that make a client unique. Please also keep to one client per answer.

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closed as too broad by Braiam, guntbert, Eric Carvalho, Lucio, Warren Hill Apr 10 '14 at 7:20

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

This post - as is - is too open ended, and subjective. Please provide guidelines, everyone's opinion of "friendly" is different. Furthermore you may wish to make this simple "What are available Twitter clients for Ubuntu" which would allow users to more objectively answer your question. – Marco Ceppi Sep 29 '10 at 22:15
@Marco Ceppi: I meant anything that doesn't involve the command line. – Olivier Lalonde Sep 29 '10 at 23:49
Could you please update your post to reflect that? Also: Converted to CW. – Marco Ceppi Sep 30 '10 at 1:03

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I've been using hotot, and I am very satisfied, because:

  • It's lightweight
  • It has preview for images
  • Threaded Conversations
  • Extensions Support (although there aren't any at the moment, AFAIK)
  • It just looks good

There are a few quirks, this client is new, but improving rapidly.

Add the 'ppa:hotot-team' ppa(see this for how to add a ppa) then install hotot via the software center.

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Good. It's faster than gwibber and it installs cleanly in 10.10 (unlike Pino). – Andrea Spadaccini Feb 5 '11 at 10:53
Also it has a chrome app as well. – Abhay Rana Jun 29 '11 at 9:54


Gwibber is the default Microblogging client since 10.04 and offers great features and includes other services (aside from Twitter).

  • Integrates with Message Indicator
  • Works post-Authpocalypse
  • Multiple Column support
  • Multiple Account support


Installation instructions a la wiki

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I like it, but at this point it does seem to leak memory quite badly. – Nerdfest Oct 2 '10 at 4:44
It's tremendously slow :/ – Andrea Spadaccini Feb 5 '11 at 10:44


Turpial is an excellent and lightweight twitter client. The only thing missing is multi account support.

Turpial Add the 'ppa:effie-jayx/turpial' ppa(see this for how to add a ppa) then install turpial via the software center.

Official Website

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A great client for Linux that runs on the Vala language. There is a PPA to install from.

The PPAs that are needed are here.

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Can you link up the PPA? It would make this answer much more useful – Jorge Castro Oct 12 '10 at 20:13
Added the download link; the PPAs are under that link. – gamerchick02 Oct 13 '10 at 22:34
Pino is great. Hope it makes into the repos by 11.04 – LFC_fan Oct 14 '10 at 16:05
PPA doesn't work for 10.10. :( – Andrea Spadaccini Feb 5 '11 at 10:49


Is an Adobe AIR application that works with Twitter, Facebook, and Buzz. It also has experimental support.

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no longer an option - tweetdeck for air is no longer supported. – Stefan Armbruster Dec 11 '11 at 21:25
I didn't know that. – gamerchick02 Jan 2 '12 at 15:52


Although I have only used it as firefox addon. It runs as desktop application as well I think.

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Choqok is a KDE app that works well. It uses a lot of KDE libraries, so be aware of that.

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The client is developing. Yet what I like is its portable and can be tweaked to your need if you know python. Since It is developed in python with tkinter.

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The Deskbar applet is another way to post to twitter. Deskbar is in the Ubuntu Repos.

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gTwitter is a lightweight twitter app that uses GTK+. See the link for an Ubuntu PPA.

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I use DestroyTwitter

It's Adobe AIR but has a super low memory footprint < 25MB.

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For those fans of XMonad, like myself, you should really take a look at:

Which is a dzen twitter thingumbob-doodle-whatzit-of-awesomeness if you are into that sort of thing.

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Pidgin Messenger - In the Software Center

I'm already using it for Google Talk and it supports multiple twitter accounts. It lists the messages in a simple one line format as opposed to fancy formatting which removes from screen real estate.

It sits on the Notification bar and as Tweets come through it pops up (configurable) which is handy as I follow very few "people" so the information is generally of interest. But as thats configurable if you follow 100s then it will just be one big list in your "chat session".

To tweet you just "reply" to the chat user which is the twitter account.

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