I have recently installed ubuntu on my laptop (wubi method) and I'm very pleased. All and all it does everything that I need, but recently I heard about corebird - a twitter client that looks spot on. I have been searching but I couldn't find how to install it on ubuntu 14.04. Can you help me doing so?

I have tried other twitter clients like hotot, turpial and birdie, but I don't like them that much.

Thanks in advance, cheers!

EDIT I have finally installed valac. However, there is another problem with gtk+-3.12.0. After typing ./configure, I get:

configure: error: Package requirements (glib-2.0 >= 2.39.5 atk >= 2.7.5 pango >= 1.32.4 cairo >= 1.12.0 cairo-gobject >= 1.12.0 gdk-pixbuf-2.0 >= 2.27.1) were not met:

No package 'pango' found No package 'cairo' found No package 'cairo-gobject' found

Consider adjusting the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable if you installed software in a non-standard prefix.

Alternatively, you may set the environment variables BASE_DEPENDENCIES_CFLAGS and BASE_DEPENDENCIES_LIBS to avoid the need to call pkg-config. See the pkg-config man page for more details.

  • There isn't a ppa or .deb for it. You will have to compile it yourself. I personally cannot guide you, but you will find the code here: github.com/baedert/corebird
    – Xweque
    May 7, 2014 at 20:26

2 Answers 2


There's now a PPA that contains Corebird packages, available for Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install corebird

Ubuntu 14.04 user also need Gnome3 and Gnome 3 Staging PPA for the dependencies:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging

via: http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2014/07/install-corebird-ubuntu-ppa/ PPA: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntuhandbook1/+archive/ubuntu/corebird


Download corebird from github: this is the project page, where you can find information about dependencies and installation instructions, and this is the link to source.

Download sourcefile in Desktop, then type:

cd ~/Desktop
unzip corebird-master.zip
cd corebird-master

make sure you have all program needed: install with:

sudo apt-get install autoconf autopoint automake intltool libtool

now,configure corebird with:

./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr

Probably there will be some unmet dependencies, you will need to install via sudo apt-get install. Type:

sudo apt-get install librest-dev libjson-glib-dev libsqlite3-dev libsoup2.4-dev intltool libgee-dev libvala-0.22-dev libglib2.0-dev automake libgee-0.8-dev

If the version of gtk is not correct, you will need to install the latest libraries by downloading this package. Download in Desktop, then type:

cd ~/Desktop
tar xfv gtk+-3.12.0.tar.xz
cd ~/Desktop/gtk+-3.12.0/    
make (this will take a while)
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

Check also valac version, typing:

valac --version

if version in minor than 0.24.0, then you have to install also vala 0.24: so download source from here (this is then link to file) download source in Desktop, then type:

tar xfv ~/Desktop/vala-0.24.0.tar.xz
cd ~/Desktop/vala-0.24.0/
sudo make install
sudo ldconfig

if everything is ok, you will now be able to install codebird. When all dependencies will be installed rerun the autogen command, and if the configuration is successful, type:

sudo make install

You can now use the newly installed corebird.

  • The OP seems to be a pretty new user, would be better if you could explain how to install those dependencies, it does not seem to be easy.
    – jobin
    May 7, 2014 at 20:40
  • @Jobin absolutely. But it depends on which packages should be installed. I'll try to update my answer.
    – girardengo
    May 7, 2014 at 20:43
  • Thank you very much for your answer, @girardengo . As I said, I'm still learning and I'm having a few issues. I downloaded the zip file but how do I do that "cd /path/to/corebird-master"? Should I type it on archive manager, or elsewhere? And how do I configure it with that code?
    – jimpinho
    May 7, 2014 at 21:32
  • @girardengo I did it but there is a problem. I have installed those packages, after typing autogen again I get: "src/Makefile.am:13: error: Libtool library used but 'LIBTOOL' is undefined src/Makefile.am:13: The usual way to define 'LIBTOOL' is to add 'LT_INIT' src/Makefile.am:13: to 'configure.ac' and run 'aclocal' and 'autoconf' again. src/Makefile.am:13: If 'LT_INIT' is in 'configure.ac', make sure src/Makefile.am:13: its definition is in aclocal's search path. autoreconf: automake failed with exit status: 1" -and after make: "make: *** No rule to make target `install'. Stop." so..?
    – jimpinho
    May 7, 2014 at 21:56
  • @jimpinho I edited my answer with more details. You should be able to solve this problem by running the command apt-get added to the beginning of the procedure.
    – girardengo
    May 8, 2014 at 9:42

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