Watch your favourite streamers from GNU/Linux with GNOME Twitch
Streaming is a big deal nowadays in the gaming world; what used to be boring and weird, watching someone else play a videogame, is now something that millions of people spend their free time doing, often watching their favourite Twitch / YouTube celebrities gaming.
While there is a Twitch application available for Windows and Mac users, there isn’t an official one for GNU/Linux users – but there is an unofficial one: GNOME Twitch.
Linux users may watch streams on the official Twitch website using their favorite web browser, or use GNOME Twitch to do so.
Installation of GNOME Twitch is easily accomplished in a variety of distributions. If you’re using a distro that makes use of flatpaks (most) then follow the simple instructions found here.
- Arch/Manjaro users can find gnome-twitch in the AUR.
- Ubuntu 18.04/Mint 19: sudo apt install gnome-twitch
for other distribution help, visit https://github.com/vinszent/gnome-twitch
The GNOME-Twitch application is pretty barebones, whether that’s for the better or not is up to you to decide. On the main screen that you’re faced with when the program opens, are the top streams being watched at the time. I will say that I’m quite happy with the way that the UI is sized, the large thumbnails and font, etc., are rather easy on the eyes.
At the top of the screen are three buttons: Channels, Follows, Games. These are how you’ll find, whatever it is you’re looking for, save direct searching. Channels being the top streams, Follows will show you any streamers that you follow, and Games will show you the top games ranked in order.
In order to log in (this took me a minute to figure out...Maybe my fault for missing it, maybe bad UI design? You decide) you’ll find a small Twitch logo in the top left corner of the application. That’s a button. Clicking the button will bring up a small menu where you can log in to your Twitch.tv account, as well as go to the settings menu, show the ‘About’ screen, and the quit button; very straightforward.
I personally don’t spend a great deal of time watching streams, but it has been growing on me more as of late, and the addition of GNOME-Twitch is nice for when I don’t need my browser, and just want to kick back and throw on a stream. The software was lightweight on my Ubuntu 18.04 Budgie system, streams ran smoothly, and I personally liked the minimal UI (with the exception of the button in the top left, not being obviously a button, to me.) Whether this entices me to watch more streams, time will tell!
Now you: Do you enjoy watching streams? Do you use your browser, or a desktop application, and why? Let us know in the comments!