Rainbow Stream – An Advanced Command-line Twitter Client for Linux

For all those people who like to use Twitter in console/terminal rather than Graphical User Interface can now access their twitter account right from the Linux Console. Yes you heard it right. You can...

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For all those people who like to use Twitter in console/terminal rather than Graphical User Interface can now access their twitter account right from the Linux Console. Yes you heard it right. You can now access your Twitter account using a Linux Command-line Twitter Client called Rainbow Stream.

Command Line Twitter Client for Linux

Command Line Twitter Client for Linux

What is Rainbow Stream

Rainbow Stream is a free and open source Twitter-client for Linux command-line, released under MIT License. It is capable of showing Realtime tweetstream, compose a tweet, search, favorite,…..etc. Rainbow Stream gives a real-fun right into your Linux terminal. It is also capable of showing twitter images directly on terminal.

It is written in Python and built on top of Twitter API and Python Twitter Tool. To run this application in your console you must have installed python and pip version 2.7.x or 3.x.

Features of RainbowStream

  1. Free and open source Twitter-client for Linux command-line.
  2. Capable of rendering twitter image in Terminal.
  3. Support Proxy.
  4. Interactive Mode supported.
  5. Theme Customization well implemented.
  6. Capable of showing Real-time Twitter stream.
  7. You can tweet, search, favorite tweets right from your terminal.

Installation of Rainbow Stream Twitter Client in Linux

In most of the today’s Linux distribution, python should already be installed on your system. You may check the version of Python installed as:

$ python --version
Check Python Version

Check Python Version

Next, install python-pip package using following commands as per your Linux distributions.

# apt-get install python-pip [on Debian alike systems]
# yum install python-pip [on CentOS alike systems]

Note: Use ‘dnf‘ in place of yum, if you are on Fedora 22.

Check version of installed pip.

$ pip --version
pip 1.5.4 from /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)

Now its time to install rainbow stream twitter client.

# pip install rainbowstream [For Python 2.7.x version]
# pip3 install rainbowstream [For Python 3.x version]

After successful installation you should get the below message in your terminal.

Install Rainbow Stream Twitter Client

Rainbow Steam Installation Successful

You may like to get help on rainbowstream.

$ rainbowstream -h OR
$ rainbowstream --h 
Rainbow Stream Help

Rainbow Stream Help

Rainbow Stream Twitter Client Usage

1. First you need to connect and authorize application on twitter site using your twitter account.

Note: You must have a twitter account, if you don’t create one.

2. Now type 'rainbowstream' in your Linux terminal, as user.

$ rainbowstream

It will open a tab in your default HTTP web browser, login and you will get a pin. If you have already logged into your account the page should be showing PIN. If you have configured more than one Twitter account in your HTTP web browser, consider trying logging out of other account and login to the account you want to connect.

Authorize Rainbow Stream

Authorize Rainbow Stream

Grant Access to Rainbow Stream

Grant Access to Rainbow Stream

3. Copy the PIN from HTTP web Browser into your terminal and hit return key.

Twitter PIN

Twitter PIN

It will take a few seconds and you should get your twitter_user_name in your Linux prompt.

Twitter Username

Twitter Username

Notice your Twitter stream, you should see tweets by those whom you follow.

Twitter Tweets 1

Twitter Tweets 1

Twitter Tweets 2

Twitter Tweets 2

4. To display tweet’s images directly in your Terminal, you can do:

twitter: rainbowstream -iot
Display Twitter Images

Display Twitter Images

Twitter Image

Twitter Image

5. To display current twitter Trend.

twitter: trend
Show Twitter Trend

Show Twitter Trend

6. To see current twitter trend specifically country-wise, for example India (IN).

twitter: trend IN
See Country Wise Twitter Trends

See Country Wise Twitter Trends

Note: Here IN is for India. If you want to see Current Trend for US, or any other country, you may do so.

7. To see your twitter Home and Followers.

twitter: home
twitter: ls fl
See Twitter Followers

See Twitter Followers

See Twitter Followers

See Twitter Followers

8. T see list of all your friends, people whom you are following.

twitter: ls fr
See Twitter Friends

See Twitter Friends

Here is the list of commands you can run to handle your twitter tweets and feeds from your Linux terminal.

CommandWhat it does
pPause Twitter Stream for the client in your Terminal
rResume Twitter Stream, which was Paused Earlier
cClear the Linux Console
vVersion Information of Twitter Client
qQuit Rainbow Stream
themeList all the available Themes
theme Name_of_ThemeApply the Theme e.g., theme monaki will apply monaki
notificationSee your Twitter Notification
whois @Avishek_1210It will show Profile of @Avishek_1210
mentionsIt will show mentions timeline.
view @Avishek_1210Show timeline of @Avishek_1210
s stringIt will search for word ‘string’. You may use it with/without
t I Love #TecmintIt will Print I Love #Tecmint on Twitter
inboxShow your Inbox Messages
fl @Avishek_1210Follow @Avishek_1210
ufl @Avishek_1210Unfollow @Avishek_1210
block @Avishek_1210Block @Avishek_1210
unblock @Avishek_1210Unblock @Avishek_1210
report @Avishek_1210Report @Avishek_1210 as SPAM Account
List homeShow timeline of List

You can also perform Mathematical Calculation, which is a feature of Python simply as:

[@Avishek_1210]: 2*3
[@Avishek_1210]: 2**3
[@Avishek_1210]: 2+3
[@Avishek_1210]: 3-2
[@Avishek_1210]: 4/3

You can use cal command simply as if you would have done in terminal.

[@Avishek_1210]: cal
August 2015 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 

Want to have some fun with this application? Try and see what happens:

random_rainbow('Your Text Here')
order_rainbow('Your Text Here')
Twitter Message

Twitter Message

So guys how is the application? Do you like this? If you are a Linux-er and used to Twitter, this application is for you. It is easy-to-setup and easy-to-use. Though I don’t use twitter very often but this application is really a rainbow and interesting and who knows I start using Twitter as much as Facebook, just because of interest in this command-line Twitter-client. This application is worth giving a try. Let your voice be audible. Provide us with your valuable feedback in the comments below. Like and share us and help us get spread.

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