The latest stable release of Linux Twitter client Turpial is now available to install in Ubuntu.

turpial 1.6.6 in ubuntu

The python application, which also supports the service, has been updated with a small, but welcome, set of new features and improvements. Amongst them: –

  • Support for imgur and services
  • New option to expand URLs in context menu
  • Autologin
  • In-app authentication
  • Tweet filter

tweet word filtering in Turpial

Turpial’s other features, which are not exclusive to this release, include: –

  • User muting
  • Image uploading
  • URL shortening
  • Tabbed and wide mode available
  • Proxy support


Turpial does not support multiple accounts, and I’m fine with that as there are a bunch of capable clients already out there providing that.

It’s a bit sad to see no form of Ubuntu integration provided in this release; there’s no Unity quicklist/badge support, and no Messaging Menu entry. This lack of presence becomes an issue when, despite having ‘closed’ the application, you continue to receive notification bubbles and alerts. Clicking on the ‘Turpial‘ icon opens a new instance rather than recalling an already existing one.

My main peeve remains: Turpial 1.6.6 still requires you to open links within tweets via right-click – a ‘feature’ that many like, but I find an inconvenience.

turpial links

Install Turpial 1.6.6 in Ubuntu

The Turpial Stable PPA supports Ubuntu 10.04 through 12.04.

Add ppa:effie-jayx/turpial to your Software Sources, update, then install ‘Turpial‘ from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

To install using the Terminal use the following two commands:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:effie-jayx/turpial
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install turpial
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