So how many times has it happened that you opened your Twitter application for the sole purpose of composing a new tweet but got distracted by other people’s tweets, notifications, and other features of this social network? If you, like me, want an application that lets you tweet directly from your Ubuntu desktop while avoiding to look left and right on Twitter, Tweet Tray is my recommended application for you.

In this article, we will explain how to install Tweet Tray on your Ubuntu, and use it to post a tweet on your Twitter account.

We have run the commands and procedures mentioned in this article on a Ubuntu 18.04 LTS system.

What is Tweet Tray?

Tweet Tray is a small application which allows you to tweet from your desktop taskbar or menu bar, without any further distractions. The core technology used consists of Electron, React + Redux and Styled Components. All trans-piled from ES6 Javascript.

Install Tweet Tray on Ubuntu

In this section, we will explain how to install Tweet Tray using the .deb package available on the following link:

Open the above link and try to locate the Tweet Tray .deb package from the Assets list on the page:

Tweet Tray

Click on the .deb link to save the file on your system. The following dialog should open asking you if you want to directly open the file or save it.

Download the Tweet Tray Debian Package

We recommend saving the file by selecting the Save File option and then clicking OK.

We are saving the file to our Downloads folder.

Once the download is complete, its time to install the software through the .deb file.

Open the location where you saved the file.

Open file with Ubuntu Software Installer

Now either double-click the file or right-click and then select Open with Software Install. This will open the package in Ubuntu Software Manager for you:

Install Tweet Tray

Click the Install button in order to begin the installation procedure. Please note that only an authorized user can install, remove, and configure software on Ubuntu. The following dialog will appear for you to provide authentication:

Authenticate as admin

Enter your password and click the Authenticate button. After that, the installation process will begin, displaying a progress bar as follows.

Installation progress

Tweet Tray will then be installed to your system and you will get the following message after a successful installation:

Software successfully installed

Close the above dialog. You can choose to directly Remove the software immediately through this dialog for whatever the reason might be.

Launch and Use Tweet Tray

Now that you have successfully installed Tweet Tray through the .deb package, it’s time to launch and use the tool. You can launch Tweet Tray from the Ubuntu application launcher bar as follows:

Tweet Tray Icon - Click to launch application

Or, directly from the Applications listing.

As soon as you click on the application icon, a feather icon will appear in your top bar.

Compose a Tweet

You can use this icon in order to compose a Tweet or Quit the Tweet Tray.

In order to Tweet from directly from your desktop, click the Compose Tweet option. The following view will open:

Send Tweets quickly from your Desktop menu bar

On this view, click the Log In with Twitter button. You need to log in to your Twitter account and authorize Tweet tray to use your login details.

Login to Twitter

Provide your ID and password on this view and click the Sign In button. Once you do so, it means you have granted access to Tweet Tray. The following view will appear:

Enter PIN to authenticate access

You will see an automatically generated PIN. This will help you in authorizing your account to use Tweet Tray. Enter this number in your local system’s Tweet Tray utility, as shown above, and then click the Authorize my Account button.

You are now ready to send tweets directly from your system to your online Twitter account. Type a new Tweet and/or attach an image through the image button through the following view that you can get by clicking the feather icon in your top bar.

Start using Twitter from your Ubuntu Desktop

Click the Tweet button and your tweet will be posted on your online Twitter account. You will get the following notification when your tweet is successfully posted. You can click this notification to open the Tweet in your browser.

Tweet was posted

So this was the simplest and workable solution for tweeting directly from your Ubuntu desktop!

How to Tweet Directly From your Ubuntu Desktop Using Tweet Tray

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn