corebird app

The Corebird GTK Twitter Client

A new version of Linux Twitter app Corebird is now available for download.

Corebird 1.7 is a small update. It introduces a couple of minor improvements, and resolves a few niggling issues.

Like what?

Well, you can now click on hashtags and @mentions in Twitter profiles to be taken to the relevant search term or linked Twitter account inside the app.

That’s #handy.

This update also makes it easier to mention people you don’t follow in your tweets.

The Corebird compose box already supports auto-complete for accounts you follow or who follow you, but not for those you don’t. Corebird 1.7 now fetches unfollowed/unfollowing matching accounts from the Twitter server when you @mention an account.

On the subject of tweet creation the Compose dialog in Corebird 1.7 is much better at detecting hashtags, mentions and links when you compose a new tweet.

The app also lets you tweet a photo without having to add text – perfect for those meme-only mic-drop ripostes.

If you’re using Corebird on Fedora 26 or later (or another GNOME-based distro that supports color emoji) you’ll be able to use a new emoji picker from the compose window.

(Sadly Ubuntu 17.10 doesn’t support this feature. Color emoji support requires GTK+ 3.22.19, plus a newer Cairo version, and a color emoji font installed).

A few other changes in the Corebird 1.7.x release:

  • Videos which are larger than your screen are scaled down
  • Profiles say when an account is suspended
  • Improvements in display of private profiles
  • Small fix for display of Instagram images in the timeline
  • Correct AppData

How to Install Corebird 1.7 on Ubuntu

Corebird 1.7.0 is the latest stable release. It’s not available to install from the Ubuntu Software tool but it is available to install using both Flatpak and a PPA.

PPA

The simplest way to install the latest Corebird release on Ubuntu 17.04 and 17.10 is to use the following PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird
sudo apt update && sudo apt install corebird

Flatpak

Corebird is also available as a Flatpak app through the Flathub app store. We’ve shown you how to install Flatpak apps from Flathub before.

Snap

While an unofficial Corebird Snap is available to install it has not been updated for several months (it’s stuck on version 1.6.0, while the latest release is 1.7.1).