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Summary: Turpial is a light, fast and beautiful microblogging client written in Python

Turpial is an alternative client for microblogging with multiple interfaces. At the moment it supports Twitter and and works with Gtk and Qt interfaces, but we are still working on more fancy features.

Currently Turpial is in heavy development, so probably you will find bugs or undesired behavior. In this cases please report issues at:

We will be very graceful for your contributions.


Turpial source code, images and sounds have been released under the GPL v3 License. Please check the COPYING file for more details or visit


Turpial needs this packages to work properly:

  • python >= 2.5, < 3.x
  • libturpial >= 0.8.x
  • notify >= 0.1.1 (python-notify)
  • gst0.10 (gstreamer0.10-python)
  • pybabel >= 0.9.1 (python-babel)
  • webkit (pywebkitgtk)
  • setuptools (python2-distribute)
  • pkg-resources

Currently Turpial suports 3 different interfaces: Shell, Gtk and Qt. The shell interface needs no more dependencies to work, but if you are planning to run Gtk or Qt you will need to install a couple of more dependencies:

For Gtk:

  • gtk2 >= 2.12 (python-gtk2)
  • gtkspell >= 2.25.3 (python2-gtkspell)

For Qt:

  • pyqt4 >= 2.12 (python-pyqt4)


Turpial is available on most popular Linux distributions, so you should be able to install it using your favorite package manager (aptitude, apt-get, pacman, yum). Please visit for more information.

To install Turpial from sources you should go to source folder and run (as superuser):

# python install

or using sudo:

$ sudo python install


After installation just execute turpial in a shell:

$ turpial [OPTIONS]

Turpial will try to identify your desktop environment and load the interface that best suit to it. If you use a Gtk based environment then Turpial will load Gtk interface but in a non-Gtk based environment it will load the Qt interface. However you can override this behavior using optional parameters:

  • -i interface: You can choose between gtk and cmd.
  • -d: runs Turpial in Debugging Mode.

Further Information

For more information visit our FAQ page


You can follow Turpial news from our official Twitter account:

  • @TurpialVe

Join to the official development mailing list:

Or mail us to say what an awesome/crappy app Turpial is. Our contact info is in:


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