The Best Twitter Client For Linux

The Best Twitter Client For Linux

Despite the large number of Twitter clients available for Linux, none of them are perfect. Our favourite would have to be the powerful, customisable Choqok.


Platform: Linux
Price: Free

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  • View your Twitter and feeds, at replies, direct messages, and more from a compact window
  • Supports multiple accounts
  • Find and follow other users
  • View user profile information
  • Retweet, reply, and favourite with one click
  • Support for Twitter lists
  • Shorten URLs with more than 10 different services
  • Upload images to Flickr, ImageShack, Twitpic, Twitgoo, Mobypicture and Posterous
  • Support for KDE notifications
  • Post text translations using Google Translate
  • Filter unwanted posts out of your feed
  • Preview images and videos from popular sharing services, right in your feed
  • Much more





Gwibber is Ubuntu’s default Twitter client, but we aren’t big fans. It’s very basic and while it isn’t missing any essential Twitter features, it offers very little in the way of behaviour or appearance preferences. Still, if you don’t like Hotot, it’s certainly a stable alternative for GNOME.

Lastly, DestroyTwitter is a fantastic client, but runs on Adobe AIR — which is a problem for a lot of Linux users these days. Not only has Adobe stopped supporting AIR for Linux, but installing AIR on 64-bit systems is quite a drawn-out process. As such, it’s hard to recommend it as highly as we otherwise would have, despite its powerful feature set, including filters, lots of preferences and some great looking themes. But, if you already have AIR installed (or are willing to spend a half-hour installing it), it could be a good alternative to Choqok.

These are far from the only Twitter clients on Linux, but they’re the ones most worth looking at. Got a favourite we didn’t mention? Let us know about it in the comments.

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    • Whether you think KDE is the best DE out there or not is rather unrelated. It’s a negative since it’ll look a little outta place on non-qt based DE’s (I’m assuming it’s qt-based being a KDE app). ie. most DE’s at present.
      Plus, it’s got a crap-load of KDE dependencies that come with it. This is rather huge if you don’t use any other KDE apps on your system (around 235mb for me!).

    • gotta agree with poltak, i like kde but am running 12.04 with xfce. 200mb for me too.

      I might install KDE on my next build. But my / is getting a little full right now, unfortunately…so it’s a negative for me. looks like a pretty nice app though!

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