Introducing A Cross Platform Twitter App With a Clean Design: Nocturn


Nocturn is a very simple desktop Twitter app for Mac and Linux built using the famous React, Electron and JavaScript.

You might be thinking “not another electron app”, but this one seems to have the potential to be different from the previous lot because this Nocturn app is not a frame around the regular Twitter web interface like Anatine is. Instead, it makes use of web technologies to create a brand new native simpler interface.

Nocturn — a Twitter client with multiple accounts support

Nocturn is a practical, functional Twitter client that lets users connect to multiple accounts and easily switch between them. Power-tweeters will however, find the lack of support for advanced features like quote retweets, media uploads, inline image previews, etc., limiting.

Nocturn Loves Shortcuts

Nocturn has vim-style keybindings and facilitates the use of keyboard shortcuts to perform common Twitter actions.

For example, if you want to retweet a tweet (for which there is clearly no clickable icon for) you will first have to select the Tweet by clicking on it (or by using the ‘j’,’k’, or arrow keys) and then pressing Shift + R.

Nocturn Features:

  • Reply to, like and delete tweets
  • Share status
  • Search for tweets
  • Multiple account support
  • Vim-style key bindings

Features Missing:

  • Profile editing
  • Can’t view profiles or follow/unfollow
  • Clickable hashtags
  • Tweet threads view
  • Customization options for the UI/UX

Getting Nocturn

Nocturn is a free, open-source software available for download as a pre-compiled binary for Linux desktops here.

The app will ask you to authorise a valid Twitter account the first time you run it and this happens in-app – there’s no way to cross-check that it is the real Twitter website you are connected to but as soon as you’re logged in you can add up to four accounts by clicking on your user avatar and selecting “Add new…”. You’ll be asked to log in and authorise the account.

Switching between multiple Twitter accounts is easy and there are two available options: click on the user avatar next to the status update box and select the account you want to switch to from the user list; or you can just use the Alt + k shortcut to go to the next Twitter account in the user list, or Alt + j to go to the previous account in the user list.

Try out the app and tell us what you think about it in the comments below and don’t forget to subscribe to Ubuntu Next for updates on the app.

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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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