How to Use Twterm: The Ultimate Twitter TUI Client for Command-Line Geeks

Dear command line enthusiasts, here’s a tool you might enjoy! It’s called Twterm, and it’s a text-based Twitter client (TUI for the insiders). Perfect for keeping up with your Twitter feed amidst ls -al and other cd commands!

Developed in Ruby by a certain Ryota Kameoka, Twterm gathers all the basic features of Twitter:

  • Timeline tracking
  • Mentions, DMs, searches…etc.
  • Following/Unfollowing
  • Tweeting, Retweeting, and replying to people
  • As well as seeing and following trending topics

The whole package, all controllable via keyboard, so super efficient for power users. 💪 Installation is pretty simple, especially on macOS with a Homebrew install:

brew install ryota-ka/twterm/twterm

Alternatively, RubyGems works fine too. Then you just have to launch the magical command twterm and there you go… Welcome to the Matrix, Neo!

The UI is sleek, all in ASCII art, a nice change from overloaded modern interfaces. You navigate between tabs with Vim-style h, j, k, l keys and simply press CTRL + N to start writing a new tweet. In short, it’s super intuitive, easy to pick up, provided you’re familiar with the Unix environment.

In terms of performance, it’s a real speed demon, and the icing on the cake is that you can easily customize shortcuts via a TOML config file. The only slight downside is that image visualization is still a bit lacking, but it’s a work in progress.

If you’re up for trying it out, Twterm is right here!

Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I'm the creator and editor-in-chief of Tech To Geek. Through this little blog, I share with you my passion for technology. I specialize in various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, focusing on providing practical and valuable guides.

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