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a Twitter client for text terminals, written in the Go programming language

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README for gockel

Andreas Krennmair [email protected]


Gockel is a Twitter client for text terminals, written in the Go programming language. Currently, gockel is at a very early stage of development. Its predecessor is baconbird: http://synflood.at/baconbird.html


In order to build gockel, you first need to install libstfl. Then you can simply run

go get github.com/akrennmair/gockel

and after some time, you should have a binary named gockel in $GOPATH/bin.


Simply run the gockel binary. When starting for the first time, you will be asked to open a URL, where you need to confirm that gockel is authorized to read your tweets and post updates. You will then be shown a PIN code that you need to enter into gockel. After that, gockel starts up as usual, and downloads the latest updates in your home timeline. On subsequent starts, you will not be asked for a PIN code again.

Currently, the following keystrokes are available:

  • q: quit program
  • ENTER: write a new tweet
  • Ctrl-R: retweet currently selected tweet
  • Ctrl-E: retweet currently selected tweet, but edit the tweet beforehand
  • r: reply to currently selected tweet
  • R: publicly reply to currently selected tweet
  • Ctrl-F: favorite currently selected tweet
  • F: follow a user (you will be prompted for the username)
  • U: unfollow the publisher user of the currently selected tweet
  • D: delete currently selected tweet
  • 1..9: select user (for multi-account support, see below)


If you want to tweak gockel, you need to create a configuration file under the path ~/.gockel/gockelrc in an INI-style format. The examples directory contains several examples upon which you can build. General options are in the default section (i.e. those options with no section marker), the user interface color are in the "colors" section, and special highlighting configuration can be found in sections starting with "highlight" (see below).

Currently, the following configuration options are available:

  • http_timeout: default connection timeout for HTTP requests in seconds (default: 60 seconds)
  • default_user: set the user that is selected by default on startup (for multi-account support, see below)
  • ignore_incoming: set the user(s) (space-separated list) for which no data from their timeline shall be fetched. This feature was added to configure "write-only" accounts that are not interested in reading the timeline.
  • confirm_quit: if set to true, after pressing "q", the user needs to confirm that he really wants to quit the program (default: false).

Color Configuration

The color configuration is put into a configuration section named "colors". The color configuration string is a comma-separated list of key=value pairs.
Every configuration string can contain at most one "fg" key (to define the foreground color), at most one "bg" key (to define the background color), and optionally one or more "attr" keys (to define extended attributes).

The following color names are available:

  • black
  • red
  • green
  • yellow
  • blue
  • magenta
  • cyan
  • white
  • color0 .. color255 (requires 256-color terminal emulator, e.g. xterm with TERM=xterm-256color)

The following attributes are available:

  • standout
  • underline
  • reverse
  • blink
  • dim
  • bold
  • protect
  • invis

Please note that not all attributes may be supported by your terminal emulator.

The following user interface elements can be configured color-wise:

  • shorthelp: short help line
  • infotext: informational text line
  • listfocus: focused line in the tweet list
  • listnormal: unfocused lines in the tweet list
  • background: general application background
  • input: input field
  • userlist: user list (top line)
  • userlist_active: active selection in user list


shorthelp = fg=white,bg=red
infotext = bg=white,fg=red
listfocus = fg=white,bg=green,attr=bold
listnormal = fg=yellow


In addition it is also possible to configure pairs of regular expressions and color configuration strings to highlight certain text in the tweet list. For each highlighting, you need to configure an own configuration section whose name starts with "highlight" and which must be unique. Such a section needs to contain two configuration options, "attributes", which contains a color configuration string (see above), and "regex", which contains the regular expression that describes what shall be highlighted. If you regular expression starts with a special character such as '#' (comment in INI-style configuration files), you can mark start and end of regular expression with forward slashes.


attributes = fg=green
regex = (mailto|ftp|https?):[^ )\]]*

Multiple Accounts

If you need to manage multiple accounts, gockel provides basic support for that. When you start gockel for the first time, you need to authenticate your user. To add more accounts, run "gockel -add" and you will be provided with the same workflow to authorize the application. Gockel will save this information in ~/.gockel as files starting with "access_token.json", and usually the associated Twitter username as suffix.

In the application, you can then select the currently active user by pressing the keys 1 to 9. Which user is currently active is displayed in the user list line at the top of the application. When you start gockel, the first user that was found is active, but you can influence this by configuring

default_user = your_preferred_nick

in your ~/.gockel/gockelrc.


Andreas Krennmair [email protected]


Gockel is licensed under the MIT/X Consortium License. See the file LICENSE for further details.

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