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Corebird Twitter Client

Corebird, native GTK+ twitter client, got an update 15 hours ago with compilation and crash fixes. PPA has been updated for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and derivatives.

Corebird 1.4.2 is a small bug-fix release to the 1.4 series, here’s the changelog:

  • Fix a crash when going back from a tweet with media to another tweet with media
  • Fix compilation with –disable-video
  • Decrease log level of UserStream output to debug when no internet connection is present

How to Install Corebird 1.4.2 in Ubuntu:

I’ve made the new release into PPA (unofficial) available for Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 16.10.

1. Run the following command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

2. Then upgrade it via Software Updater if you have a previous release installed.

Or run the commands to install / upgrade the app:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the DEB package from the PPA page.

Corebird, an open-source and native GTK+ twitter client, has reached the 1.4 release a few hours ago with some enhancements and bug-fixes.

The changes in Corebird 1.4 according to the release page:

  • Images in quoted tweets now look more like they actually belong to the quoted tweet instead of the quoting tweet.
  • Allow deleting tweets from the tweet info page and not just from timelines.
  • Fix the user completion not showing all possible results
  • Focus the already opened window for an account if the account gets selected in the accounts popover
  • Avoid window resizing when typing in the Direct Message text box
  • Add ‘q’ accelerator to tweet rows for quoting
  • Add spellchecking. This add a dependency to gspell
  • Increase gtk+ dependency to 3.18 to get rid of some workarounds.
  • Increase avatar size in profiles and slightly overlap them over the banner. Also, always show the full banner.
  • Fix completion popup positioning under Wayland
  • Add experimental meson build files
  • Fix some videos not playing correctly
  • Add a minimal video progress indicator to the video dialog
  • Fix the retweet/favorite count updating in the tweet info page

How to Install Corebird 1.4 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The new release has been made into unofficial PPA, available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Min 18 and derivatives. Spellcheck feature disabled due to build error.

Tip: The GetDeb repository also maintains the Corebird packages, see here.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter.

2. Then update and install Corebird 1.4 via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

If you have a previous release installed, you can also launch Software Updater to upgrade the software after checking for updates:

Or grab the .deb package directly from PPA archive page.

How to Uninstall:

To remove Corebird, simply run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove corebird && sudo apt autoremove

The PPA can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Twitter App Corebird 1.3.1 Released with some Fixes

Last updated: September 6, 2016

The open-source desktop twitter client Corebird has reached the 1.3.1 release with some fixes to 1.3 release. For those who prefer this modern twitter app, it’s available for upgrade in my PPA (unofficial) for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10.

Changes in Corebird 1.3.1:

  • Fix muted and/or blocked tweets still showing up in timelines
  • Fix accounts not getting saved when first created
  • Fix retweets of the authenticating user not getting theiry correct seen status
  • Fix profiles descriptions containing ampersand characters and links
  • Fix profile banner fade-in transition
  • Fix doubly-escaped ampersands in link tooltips
  • Fix missing underlines in @screen_names in the profile popover

Corebird with Numix GTK theme

How to install Corebird 1.3.1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 16.10, you can either download the .deb binary from the PPA file archive, or run the commands below one by one in terminal to add PPA and install Corebird:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

Tip: The GetDeb repository also maintains Corebird packages for Ubuntu 16.04, now it contains Corebird 1.3 and the 1.3.1 release should be available soon.

With the PPA added, you can upgrade Corebird along with other system updates via Software Updater when a new release is out and uploaded into PPA.

And the PPA can be easily disabled or removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

Native GTK+3 Twitter App Corebird 1.3 Released

Last updated: November 28, 2019

Corebird, an open-source GTK+3 twitter app, has reached the 1.3 release with some new features and build system improvements.

Corebird 1.3 changelog:

  • The build system will now check for gtksink
  • Remove libgee dependency
  • The compose tweet window will now save the current text on cancel
  • Allow self-retweeting
  • Fade loaded inline media in
  • Twitter wont send mp4 urls for their videos anymore starting August 1st, so support HLS videos
  • Query full-length DMs
  • Support muting in profiles

How to install Corebird 1.3 in Ubuntu 16.04:

Besides building the software from source, you can install the latest release from third-party PPA, Ubuntu 16.04 and its derivatives are supported.

1. Add PPA

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird 

Type in your password when it prompted and hit Enter.

2. If you have a previous release installed, just launch Software Updater and upgrade it after checking for updates.

Or run the commands below one by one in terminal to update and install Corebird Twitter client:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

3. (Optional) For those who want to revert to Corebird 1.1, the stock version in Ubuntu 16.04, purge the PPA via ppa-purge:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

That’s it. Enjoy!

Anatine is a new open-source Desktop Twitter App for Linux, Windows, and OS X. It offers mobile Twitter interface with keyboard shortcuts support and extended features.

Anatine is only 3 months old and so far it features:

  • Hides promoted tweets
  • Dark Mode (Ctrl+Shift+D)
  • Context menu for save images.
  • system tray icon to toggle the window.

Install Anatine in Ubuntu:

A non-install Linux package is available from the link below, just download, extract, and run Anatine executable from result folder.

For those who want to install the software, so it can be launched from Unity Dash / App Launcher, do:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to extract downloaded package to /opt:

sudo unzip ~/Downloads/Anatine-linux-*.zip -d /opt/Anatine

2. Create a shortcut for the app by running command:

gedit ~/.local/share/applications/anatine.desktop

The command creates and opens a .desktop file with Gedit text editor. Just paste below lines into the file and save it.

[Desktop Entry]

3. Finally launch Anatine from Unity Dash and enjoy!

4. (Optional) For any reason you want to remove the software, simply run command:

sudo rm -rf /opt/Anatine && rm ~/.local/share/applications/anatine.desktop

For those who prefer Polly to other desktop twitter clients (e.g., Corebird), here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 and derivatives.

Polly is a Twitter client designed for managing multiple columns of multiple accounts, purposefully keeping them separated instead of merged.

Polly‘s not been updated for a few years, though the developer said he’s not gave up on developing. The latest 0.93.12 release is working good and available in GetDeb repository for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Install Polly in Ubuntu 16.04:

1. Add GetDeb repository by installing the .deb package from the link below:

Download GetDeb Package

You can then manage the PPA via System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

2. After adding the repository, install the twitter app via Synaptic Package Manager.

Or open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the commands below one by one:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install polly

For those who don’t want to add the repository, grab the .deb installer for Polly directly from the link below:

Download Polly DEB Package

Then install the package by running command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/polly_*.deb; sudo apt -f install

Corebird, a native GTK3 Twitter client, has reached 1.2.1 release with some fixes. Here are the changes according to its release page:

  • Fix a11y labelling of several switches in the settings dialog
  • Fix an input window clipping bug in the tweet info page
  • Fix a few cases of overlapping widgets into window borders
  • Remove the “Save as” context menu from inline media. This has not been working in a while but the context menu was still there.
  • Rename the .sidebar style class to .topbar. This was used in corebird before gtk+ used it, but now that the sidebar is at the top, the .sidebar style from gtk+ themes collides with the horizontal alignment we use, so use the more fitting ‘.topbar’.
  • Show a focus outline in the topbar again. We are setting a custom background color here, so we also need to set a fitting outline color.
  • Fix a coloring but in the topbar, where wildcard selectors in themes would overrde our foreground color.

How to Install Corebird 1.2.1:

While the 16.04 universe repository provides the old Corebird 1.1 release, you can upgrade to version 1.2.1 via third-party PPA since there’s no official Linux installer.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the commands below one by one to add PPA and install corebird:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb installer from the link below:

Select download:

  • corebird_1.2.1-1~ubuntu16.04_amd64.deb for 64bit 16.04
  • corebird_1.2.1-1~ubuntu16.04_i386.deb for 32bit 16.04

Then click install via Ubuntu Software, or by running command in terminal:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/PACKAGE_NAME; sudo apt-get -f install

Corebird, an open source twitter client for Linux, just got a new release after almost half a year of development.

The new Corebird 1.2 brings some UI changes, improvements to HiDPI displays, and more. See the full changelog:

  • Inline media and avatars are no longer cached on disk
  • Videos now indicate download progress showing a preview thumbnail with a circular progress overlay
  • We download higher-resolution avatars on HiDPI displays now
  • The build system usage has seen a major refactoring an cleanup, thanks to Rico Tzschichholz
  • The sidebar is now at the top and dark
  • Favorites now us a heart icon
  • Sending tweets is now cancellable (e.g. when multiple images are attached, in which case it might take a while)
  • Inline media are now displayed “full-size”, scaled to the current window size.
  • Instagram videos are now correctly marked as videos, instead of was images
  • If you have GTK+ >= 3.19, there’s now a GtkShortcutsWindow accessible from the app menuexplaining the various keyboard shortcuts. Note that Corebird still compiles and runs with GTK+ 3.16
  • The big “add media” button in the compose window has been replaced with a regular text button. The added images are scaled down and displayed below it
  • You can quote your own tweets now
  • The settings dialog now contains a setting to hide “inappropriate content”, and it is enabled by default.
  • The file selection dialog in the compose window now keeps you from selecting files > 3MB.

How to Install Corebird 1.2 in Ubuntu:

There’s no official Corebird binary packages. Unofficial builds are available in PPA for Ubuntu 15.10 and Ubuntu 16.04. Since it requires GTK+ 3.16, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is not supported.

1. Launch terminal from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

Type in password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then refresh your system cache and install the software:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install corebird

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package (select i386 for 32bit, amd64 for 64bit) from THIS PAGE, and click install via Software Center.

Birdie 2.0, an open-source twitter client for Elementary OS, now is in public beta, available in daily build PPA for test.

This beta release features:

  • An absolutely massive redesign
  • Great new pop-out media viewer
  • Automatically load more Tweets when you reach the bottom (infinite scrolling)
  • A native Instagram photo viewer
  • Circular avatars
  • Direct Messaging with conversation views
  • User account, hashtag, and link highlights
  • The icons in the timeline switcher change to alert you to new mentions and messages
  • Click the home button to return to the top of your timeline
  • Stars are out, hearts are in
  • Higher resolution images throughout
  • and much more!

picture from birdie website

How to install Birdie 2.0 Beta in Freya:

1. Launch terminal from Applications launcher:

2. Add Birdie daily build PPA by running below command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:birdie-team/daily

Type in your password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

3. Birdie 2.0 requires the latest version of Granite, so also add elementary OS Daily PPA for the dependencies via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily

4. Finally run commands to update and install birdie, the last command will also install the latest Granite and other dependencies:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install birdie

5. Since the Elementary OS daily PPA contains other unstable updates, it is recommended to remove / disable the PPA after installation.

To do so, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab, then un-check or remove the two PPAs

The development of Birdie 2.0, an open source desktop Twitter client, drops other Linux support and now is focusing on Elementary OS.

“Birdie is no longer a Twitter app for GNU/Linux, instead, it will be the best Twitter app for elementary OS.”

The Birdie Team has recently announced that the development of Birdie 2.0 is now focusing on Elementary OS and advised all other Linux users to try Corebird.

Nathan Dyer, explained why Birdie 2.0 switches to Elementary OS in the announcement:

  • Birdie 2.0 is built on APIs that are exclusive to elementary OS
  • It will integrate with Pantheon Online Accounts for system-wide login
  • data can be shared between all your favorite services and apps with advantage of both Contractor and Pantheon Online Accounts.
  • no way to be the best Twitter app on any platform

Read more at the official announcement

Download Birdie for Elementary OS:

The website provides the 1.1 release for download at the moment, available for Elementary OS Freya:

Download Birdie