Hotot: Give this new Linux twitter client a tweet

Jack Wallen
Mar 28, 2011
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Linux, Twitter

I use Twitter for a lot of things. One is to help promote my writing (both my fiction and technical writing). Because promotion seems like a 24/7 job, it is critical that the tools I use be easily accessible, low maintenance, and can run all day without causing any undo stress on my system.

I have used many a Twitter client (run this search on Ghacks for plenty of Twitter Linux client goodness) and have found most of them fairly decent tools. Some of them are lacking in features, and some of them have too many features. Some clients are built into the panel and some into a web browser. Hotot is a Google Chrome tool that installs easily on Debian-based systems and will have you tweeting quickly and happily. Let's install this and use it.


The installation of Hotot is simple. Just follow these easy steps and you'll be up and running in no time:

Open up a terminal window.

Add the Hotot repository with the command sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hotot-team.

Update apt with the command sudo apt-get update.

Install Hotot with the command sudo apt-get install hotot.

Figure 1

Once installed, Hotot can be started from your Internet menu (for E17 you will find it in the Main Menu > Internet. From the GNOME menu you will find it in Applications > Internet. When Hotot is first run it will need to authenticate to your twitter account. To gain authentication an authentication token must be added to the account. From the account window there is a button labled Click Me to Continue. This button, when clicked, will open a Twitter page that requires the allowing of access in order to get the authentication token. Click the Allow button on that page and the token will be presented. That token must be added in the PIN Code text area. After that PIN is entered, click OK to authenticate.

Figure 2

Once Hotot has authenticated with Twitter, the twitter client can be used. The Hotot main window (see Figure 2) is quite easy to use. At the bottom of the window there lives six buttons (from left to right):

  • Timeline: See all of the tweets associated with the account.
  • Mentions: Any tweet that mentions the authenticated user on the Hotot application.
  • Direct Messages: Direct messages to the user.
  • Retweets and Retweeted: Any retweets by or of the user.
  • Find: Find someone you "love".
  • Search: Search a string.

At the top of the window there rests three buttons:

  • Show all: Show all in timeline.
  • Public only: Leave out private messages from timeline.
  • Conversation: Show only private conversations.


Like any good Google Chrome tool, extensions can be added to Hotot. To do this click on the Gear button near the top right corner of the Hotot window and select the Extensions entry. From that new window map extensions, image extensions, url shortening tools, translation, and video uploads can be enabled.

Final thoughts

Hotot has to be my new favorite Twitter client. And seeing as how I use Twitter a lot, Hotot must be worth a try. I find this tool lightning fast, filled with features, and easy to use.



Tutorials & Tips

Previous Post: «
Next Post: «


  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    Martin, I would appreciate that you do not censor this post, as it’s informative writing.

    Onur, there is a misleading statement “[…] GIFs are animated images …”. No, obviously you don’t seem to have take much notice of what you were told back in March regarding; Graphics Interchange Format (GIF).

    For example, (if you had read my replies within that thread, you might have learnt something useful). I even mentioned, “GIF intrinsically supports animated images (GIF89a)”.

    You linked to said article, [Related: …] within this article, but have somehow failed to take onboard what support you were given by several more knowledgeable people.

    If you used AI to help write this article, it has failed miserably.

  2. KeZa said on August 17, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    AI is stupid, and it will not get any better if we really know how this all works. Prove me wrong..

  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

    Obviously it [#comment-4569908] was posted: 9 July 2023. Long before this thread even existed… your database is falling over. Those comments are supposed to have unique ID values. It shouldn’t be possible to duplicate the post ID, if the database had referential integrity.

  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
    @Howard Allan Pearce,

    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
    As it stands, except for articles by Martin Brinkmann, Mike Turcotte, and Ashwin, they are low quality, unhelpful, and even vicious. It is better not to read those articles.
    How to display only articles by a specific author:
    Added line to My filters in uBlock Origin:,.home-posts,.home-category-post:not(:has-text(/Martin Brinkmann|Mike Turcotte|Ashwin/))

    By the way, if you use an RSS reader, you can track exactly where your comments are (I’m an iPad user, so I use “Feedly Classic”, but for Windows I prefer the desktop app “RSS Guard”).
    RSS Guard: Feed reader which supports RSS/ATOM/JSON and many web-based feed services.

  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

Leave a Reply

Check the box to consent to your data being stored in line with the guidelines set out in our privacy policy

We love comments and welcome thoughtful and civilized discussion. Rudeness and personal attacks will not be tolerated. Please stay on-topic.
Please note that your comment may not appear immediately after you post it.