Tootle, a GTK client for Mastodon available on Ubuntu

about tootle

In the next article we are going to take a look at Tootle. This is a client for Mastodon, which is the world’s largest decentralized microblogging platform. The client provides a clean, native interface, allowing the Mastodon social experience to be seamlessly integrated into our desktop environment.

This client for Mastodon that It is characterized by three fundamental aspects; be simple, free and open source. It should be added that this tool is based on GTK with dark mode support.

As mentioned, this is a client for Mastodon, but What is Mastodon? It is basically a microblogging social network. This is not controlled by a single company or server, but rather works through a decentralized federation of servers. All this running its free and open code, which is published within everyone’s reach in your profile on Github.

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Mastodon is a free and open source ActivityPub-based social networking server where users can follow their friends and discover new ones. In this social network, also links, images, text or videos can be posted. All Mastodon servers are interoperable as a federated network. Users of one server can communicate seamlessly with users of another, including non-Mastodon software that implements ActivityPub.

In the case of Tootle, it must be said that it is a client of the decentralized, free and open source microblogging network, with real-time notifications and support for multiple accounts. Remember that Mastodon is very well developed with power and speed always in mind, which is why it turns out to be an independent and popular free alternative to many social networks that are centralized..

Anyone can connect to a Mastodon server, each server hosting individual user accounts, the content they produce and the content to which they are subscribed. As with other social networks, all users can follow and share their publications regardless of their server.

Install Tootle on Ubuntu

tootle options

With flatpak

This program we will find it available in Flathub. If you still do not have this technology enabled on your computer, you can follow the guide that a colleague published on this blog a while ago.

Once the possibility of installing this type of package is enabled in Ubuntu 20.04, to install the Tootle client, we will only need to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command:

install as flatpak

flatpak install flathub com.github.bleakgrey.tootle

After the installation we can now search for the program launcher in our team. Another possibility to run the program will be to write in the terminal:

tootle launcher

flatpak run com.github.bleakgrey.tootle

tootle running


For remove flatpak package With which we installed this client for Mastodon, we just have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command:

uninstall tootle as flatpak

flatpak uninstall com.github.bleakgrey.tootle

With snap

This client for Mastodont also we will find it available in snapcraft. If we want to install it in Ubuntu, we will only have to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute in it:

install as snap

sudo snap install tootle


If you have installed Tootle through its snap package, you can easily remove it from terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) using the command in it:

uninstall tootle like snap

sudo snap remove tootle

With APT

Tootle it is also available in the Ubuntu repositories 20.04 LTS. As for its installation, all you have to do is open the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and run the following command:

install with apt

sudo apt install tootle

After installation we can start the program looking for the launcher that we will find available on our computer.


For remove this installed program via APT, you just have to use a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T):

uninstall tootle with apt

sudo apt remove tootle; sudo apt autoremove

Apart from the installation methods we just saw, you can also find and install this client from the Ubuntu software option. In this case we will find two available, one to install from the Ubuntu repositories and another to install as a snap package.

install from software option

For more information about this client for Mastodon, users can consult the project GitHub page.

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