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How to Install Corebird Twitter Client on Ubuntu 15.10 & 16.04

Corebird twitter client

It’s just gotten much easier to install Linux Twitter app Corebird on Ubuntu — and you won’t need to add a PPA.

A modern, lightweight and open-source desktop client, Corebird has all the features you’d expect a Twitter app to have, plus a few you might not.

It has inline image and video previews, a comprehensive tweet filter, and supports multiple accounts. Corebird is easily one of the best twitter apps available on any platform. 

In this article I show you how you how to install Corebird on Ubuntu quickly without needing to add a PPA.

But before we get to the juicy stuff, let’s have a recap of how this is (finally) possible.

Corebird — No Longer A Flap To Install

corebird logoCorebird might just be the best Twitter client for the Linux desktop, but it’s not always been the easiest to install — not on Ubuntu, anyhow.

Would-be users who visit the official project website are told to check their Linux distribution’s package archive to install it, and, if unavailable from there, to try installing it from source.

While the community has stepped in to handle the packaging and maintenance duties Fedora, SUSE and Arch, those of a Debian persuasion were left at a dead-end.

Ubuntu users looking to try the app have two choices: either compile the software by hand, or hunt down an unofficial third-party PPA.

But not anymore.

Corebird Lands in Debian

‘Corebird is possibly the best desktop Twitter app for Linux.’

As of this month Corebird is available in the Debian testing archives thanks to the work of Debian champ Phillip Rinn.

Because Debian Stretch serves as the base of Ubuntu 16.04, currently in development, Corebird is also available through the Ubuntu archives.

After what feels like forever — we first wrote about Corebird back in 2013 — the best desktop Twitter app for Linux is now available to install on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

I know what you’re thinking at this point: “I’m not running 16.04 because it’s not stable yet!“.

Fair point.

But don’t fret! The Corebird package built for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ‘Xenial Xerus’ also works on Ubuntu 15.10 ‘Wily Werewolf’.

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Older versions of Ubuntu can not install using this specific package as it requires GTK 3.16+.

This article shows you how to install Corebird on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) and Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) using a Debian (.deb) installer packaged for and downloaded from the Ubuntu archives.

Install Corebird on Ubuntu 15.10

If you’re running Ubuntu 15.10 you can click the button below to download Corebird 1.1 deb (which is packaged for Ubuntu 16.04, but will install in 15.10):

Download Corebird 1.1 for Ubuntu 15.10+ (64-bit Deb)

Download Corebird 1.1 for Ubuntu  15.10+ (32-bit Deb)

When the download completes you can install the package using your preferred method:

Those of you who like to do things by pushing on-screen buttons need only double-click the deb package to install the app through the Ubuntu Software Centre (or Gdebi, if you use that it as default).

Those of you who are terrifically talented at terminal fu can coerce Corebird to install through the command line:

sudo dpkg -i /path/to/corebird-1.1.deb

If you experience any errors after installing the app open a Terminal and run:

sudo apt-get -f install

This should resolve any missing dependencies resulting in a ‘broken package’.

Regardless of how you install it, once you have you can open it through the Unity Dash (or equivalent app launcher) — look for the bizarre bird with bulging eyes and its brain on show…

Install Corebird on Ubuntu 16.04

If you’re running an alpha build of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS you can install Corebird directly through the Ubuntu Software Centre (or whatever the store that replacing it).

Hit the button below or run ‘sudo apt-get install corebird’ to install it.

Install Corebird on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

When the install has completed you will be able to launch the app from the Unity Dash (or equivalent).

A Brief Overview of Corebird

corebird layout

Prettier than the web interface (and free of the dire ‘Moments’ section), Corebird supports most of Twitter’s core features and manages to keep steady pace with changes introduced, e.g.,10,000 character direct messages, ‘Quote Retweet’, Gif support, etc.

linux twitter app core bird running on Ubuntu

Corebird supports multiple accounts

This feature set lets you do pretty much everything you can do on in other Twitter apps:

  • Retweet, reply, ‘quote retweet’ and favouriting
  • Multiple account support
  • Edit Twitter bio, avatar and banner image
  • Follow/unfollow and block/unblock accounts
  • Secure authentication
  • Block accounts & filter tweets
  • In-line image & video previews (can be disabled)
  • Support for Gifs and Vines
  • Uses Twitter’s link shortener

Other Corebird specific features include:

  • Snippets — insert  used phrases, emoji or emoticons using keywords
  • Option to hide media links and trailing hashtags in tweets
  • Choose between round or square avatars
  • Easy-to-use block list & tweet filter management

One newish feature you won’t find: Twitter Polls. Twitter is yet to offer a Twitter Poll API.

Learn More

We cover this application’s feature set in greater detail in ‘The Essential Guide to Corebird, The Best Twitter App for Linux. Check it out (and pass it on)!

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