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A command-line power tool for Twitter.

The CLI attempts to mimic the Twitter SMS commands wherever possible, however it offers many more commands than are available via SMS.


gem install t


Because Twitter requires OAuth for most of its functionality, you'll need to register a new application at Once you create your application make sure to set the "Application Type" to "Read, Write and Access direct messages", otherwise you won't be able to post status updates or send direct messages via the CLI.

Once you have registered your application, you'll be given a consumer key and secret, which you can use to authorize your Twitter account.

t authorize --consumer-key YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY --consumer-secret YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET

This will open a new browser window where you can authenticate to Twitter and then enter the returned PIN back into the terminal. Assuming that works, you'll be authorized to use the CLI.

You can see a list of all the accounts you've authorized.

t accounts

  thG9EfWoADtIr6NjbL9ON (default)

Notice that one account is marked as the default. To change the default use the set subcommand, passing either just the username, if it's unambiguous, or the username and consumer key pair, like so:

t set default sferik thG9EfWoADtIr6NjbL9ON

Account information is stored in the YAML-formatted file ~/.trc.

Usage Examples

Typing t help will give you a list of all the available commands. You can type t help TASK to get help for a specific command.

t help

Update your status

t update "I'm tweeting from the command line. Isn't that special?"

Send a direct message

t dm sferik "Want to get dinner tonight?"

Update the location field in your profile

t set location "San Francisco"

Retrieve profile information for a user

t whois sferik

Retrieve stats about a user

t stats sferik

Return a user you might enjoy following

t suggest

Start following users

t follow users sferik gem

Follow all followers (i.e. follow back)

t follow followers

Stop following users

t unfollow users sferik gem

Unfollow all non-followers

t unfollow nonfollowers

Create a list

t list create presidents

Add users to a list

t list add users presidents BarackObama Jasonfinn

Add all friends to a list

t list add friends presidents

Add all followers to a list

t list add followers presidents

Add all members of one list to another

t list add listed democrats presidents

Follow all members of a list

t follow listed presidents

Unfollow all members of a list

t unfollow listed presidents

Retrieve the timeline of status updates from a list

t list timeline presidents

Retrieve the timeline of status updates posted by you and the users you follow

t timeline

Retrieve the timeline of status updates posted by a user

t timeline sferik

Retrieve the timeline of status updates that mention you

t mentions

Retrieve the timeline of status updates that you favorited

t favorites

Reply to a Tweet

t reply sferik "Thanks Erik"

Send another user's latest Tweet to your followers

t retweet sferik

Mark a user's latest Tweet as one of your favorites

t favorite sferik

Retrieve the 20 most recent Tweets that match a specified query

t search all "query"

Returns Tweets you've favorited that mach a specified query

t search favorites "query"

Returns Tweets mentioning you that mach a specified query

t search mentions "query"

Returns Tweets you've retweeted that mach a specified query

t search retweets "query"

Retrieve Tweets in your timeline that match a specified query

t search timeline "query"

Retrieve Tweets in a user's timeline that match a specified query

t search user sferik "query"



The twitter gem previously contained a command-line interface, up until version 0.5.0, when it was removed. This project is offered as a sucessor to that effort, however it is a clean room implementation that contains none of John Nunemaker's original code.


In the spirit of free software, everyone is encouraged to help improve this project.

Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • by using alpha, beta, and prerelease versions
  • by reporting bugs
  • by suggesting new features
  • by writing or editing documentation
  • by writing specifications
  • by writing code (no patch is too small: fix typos, add comments, clean up inconsistent whitespace)
  • by refactoring code
  • by closing issues
  • by reviewing patches

Submitting an Issue

We use the GitHub issue tracker to track bugs and features. Before submitting a bug report or feature request, check to make sure it hasn't already been submitted. You can indicate support for an existing issue by voting it up. When submitting a bug report, please include a Gist that includes a stack trace and any details that may be necessary to reproduce the bug, including your gem version, Ruby version, and operating system. Ideally, a bug report should include a pull request with failing specs.

Submitting a Pull Request

  1. Fork the project.
  2. Create a topic branch.
  3. Implement your feature or bug fix.
  4. Add specs for your feature or bug fix.
  5. Run bundle exec rake spec. If your changes are not 100% covered, go back to step 4.
  6. Commit and push your changes.
  7. Submit a pull request. Please do not include changes to the gemspec, version, or history file. (If you want to create your own version for some reason, please do so in a separate commit.)

Supported Ruby Versions

This library aims to support and is tested against the following Ruby implementations:

If something doesn't work on one of these interpreters, it should be considered a bug.

This library may inadvertently work (or seem to work) on other Ruby implementations, however support will only be provided for the versions listed above.

If you would like this library to support another Ruby version, you may volunteer to be a maintainer. Being a maintainer entails making sure all tests run and pass on that implementation. When something breaks on your implementation, you will be personally responsible for providing patches in a timely fashion. If critical issues for a particular implementation exist at the time of a major release, support for that Ruby version may be dropped.


Copyright (c) 2011 Erik Michaels-Ober. See LICENSE for details.