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5 Twitter clients for Linux

Himanshu Arora | May 12, 2014
Linux users who want to avoid browser-based Twitter apps can try out these five local clients -- including one that still uses a command-line interface.

You can download Polly's source code from its official Launchpad page.

What's new

Compared to its initial release, the latest release 0.93.11 contains only a handful of fixes. According to the site, these include a new icon theme together with "fixes for Fedora packaging, some link optimizations, and the addition of an internal keyring module to avoid incompatibility with recent distros."

What's good about it

Polly's user interface is similar to that of Turpial, which means that it supports multi-column layout. But one thing that immediately grabs your eye is its ability to display inline images, something Turpial can't do.

Polly supports both multi-column layouts and inline images.

Unlike Turpial, the tweet compose box is collapsible, and integrated within the main window. The client offers basic features like multiple accounts, auto-completion of nicknames, auto spell checker and URL shortener. It also supports three image uploading services:, TwitPic and Telly (formerly Twitvid),

While basic operations like reply, retweet, delete and favorites are available in the form of icons, other operations like edit-and-retweet can be done through a right click on the tweet. You can also configure stream refresh time, number of recent posts and notification settings

You can create different columns based on tweets, users, lists, messages and worldwide trends; it also provides category suggestions like news, sports, music, TV and more.

Another striking feature of Polly is its ability to show notifications with tweet details, a feature most of the clients described here do not offer. This is really helpful, as you can decide whether to take any action or not by just looking at the notification.

Another plus: The app's developer seems to be quite active on Twitter, which indicates that it shouldn't be difficult to get Polly-related queries answered.

Other considerations

As of now, Polly's biggest limitation is that it's still in an early stage of development, which means that it's not completely stable. Some features like "change profile image" aren't yet implemented, and when I accidently clicked on one of them, the app froze; the same thing happened with features like search and create lists.

Bottom line

Assuming that the buggy features will be fixed soon, there isn't much missing from Polly. Although I can't recommend the app for any kind of professional use because it's still unstable, home users can give it a try, and contribute to its development, if possible. Polly is headed in the right direction, but it has a long way to go.


When talking about any kind of Linux application, it's hard to ignore command-line alternatives. While this may sound strange to some, some users still love using the Linux command line and, if you are one of them, TTYtter is the client to look for.


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