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Hotot Is A Minimalist Single-Pane Twitter Client For Ubuntu Linux

There are some Twitter clients which are widely used in Ubuntu, such as Gwibber and TweetDeck. However, if you are looking for a minimalist Twitter client with complete Twitter integration, then you might fall in love with Hotot. It is an open source Twitter client build using Python which has an interface like an iPhone or Android app. Despite its minimalist look it comes with advanced features, such as, Socks Proxy and HTTP proxy support, native notification system support for Gnome and KDE desktop environments, an extension framework to allow third-party extensions and an app-indicator menu. All options appear in a clean and uncluttered interface with compact drop down menus and buttons for accessing options.

To get started select a username and click Create Profile.

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In the next step, click “Click Me to Continue” option or paste the given URL in your browser. This will lead you to a page where you will require authorizing your Twitter account after which a code will be provided to login to Hotot. Enter the given code in the Pin code section of Hotot interface and click OK.


This will log you into your Twitter account via Hotot. The same session will be used to log you in until you choose to delete the code. This can be done by signing out and clicking Delete from Hotot main interface, to end your authorized desktop session.

Main interface

The buttons on the top can be used to view mentions, messages retweets and Twitter timeline.


To Tweet a message, click Compose and start tweeting.


You can also perform custom searches to find Tweets and People. A search can be initiated using the Search button from top-right corner of the main interface.


For advanced options, head over to Preferences from the system tray menu. You can also access it by clicking Hotot icon from the toolbar in the main interface.


In Preferences, you can change interface skin, font size and color, set proxy settings and view your Token number. This token number can be used to log back in using the same credentials in case you delete the token information. Thus, you will not require creating a new ID and can use the same token number to log back in with your pre-authorized session.


You can install Hotot by entering the following commands in the Terminal or from the download link given at the end of this post:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hotot-team

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install hotot

Download Hotot

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  • Gustavo

    best app for twitter!!!

  • I there a way to make hotot start automatically and also log me in automatically?