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A lightweight but modern Mastodon client for the desktop, written in Go & QML.

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Features

  • Live feed via Mastodon's Streaming API
  • Multi pane support
  • Linux/macOS/Windows (Android & iOS should be working, but aren't tested yet)
  • Media previews
  • Shortened URL resolving
  • System notifications
  • Direct messages
  • Multiple accounts (work-in-progress)
  • Support for more networks

Installation

Packages & Binaries

Ubuntu

Note that Telephant requires Qt >=5.12 installed. This means it currently doesn't support Ubuntu <19.04 or Linux Mint.

You need to install the following dependencies to run the Ubuntu binary:

apt install libqt5gui5 libqt5qml5 libqt5quickcontrols2-5 libqt5multimedia5-plugins \
            qml-module-qtquick2 qml-module-qtmultimedia qml-module-qtquick-layouts \
            qml-module-qtquick-controls qml-module-qtquick-controls2 \
            qml-module-qtquick-window2 qml-module-qtgraphicaleffects \
            qml-module-qtquick-dialogs qml-module-qt-labs-folderlistmodel \
            qml-module-qt-labs-settings

From Source

Make sure you have a working Go environment (Go 1.9 or higher is required). See the install instructions.

You will also need Qt5 >=5.12 and its development headers installed.

Dependencies (Ubuntu example)

apt-get --no-install-recommends install build-essential git libglib2.0-dev libglu1-mesa-dev libpulse-dev
apt-get --no-install-recommends install libqt*5-dev qt*5-dev qt*5-doc-html qml-module-qtquick*
apt-get install qml-module-qtmultimedia qml-module-qt-labs-folderlistmodel qml-module-qt-labs-settings

Building Telephant

export QT_PKG_CONFIG=true
go get -u -v -tags=no_env github.com/therecipe/qt/cmd/...
go get -d -u -v github.com/muesli/telephant
cd $(go env GOPATH)/src/github.com/muesli/telephant
$(go env GOPATH)/bin/qtdeploy build desktop .

Within a Docker Container

Follow the build instructions above, but instead of the last command, run:

$(go env GOPATH)/bin/qtdeploy -docker build linux

Run it

./deploy/linux/telephant

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