My main Mastodon client is Bitlbee with the plugin bitlbee-mastodon, it’s nice having both IRC, XMPP and Mastodon under the same roof. But it only comes with the very basic features; reading, replying, liking and boosting posts. Which is for the most part enough for me, but I sometimes post and maybe want to check out a profile.
This is where toot comes into the picture. toot is a Mastodon client for the command-line interface and it’s packed with a lot of features that bitlbee-mastodon doesn’t have.
toot will list all the commands available for you:
$ toot toot - a Mastodon CLI client v0.18.0 Authentication: toot login Log in from the console, does NOT support two factor authentication toot login_browser Log in using your browser, supports regular and two factor authentication toot activate Switch between logged in accounts. toot logout Log out, delete stored access keys toot auth Show logged in accounts and instances Read: toot whoami Display logged in user details toot whois Display account details toot instance Display instance details toot search Search for users or hashtags toot timeline Show recent items in your public timeline toot curses An experimental timeline app (doesn't work on Windows) Post: toot post Post a status text to your timeline toot upload Upload an image or video file Accounts: toot follow Follow an account toot unfollow Unfollow an account toot mute Mute an account toot unmute Unmute an account toot block Block an account toot unblock Unblock an account To get help for each command run: toot <command> --help
It’s fairly straight forward and if you want to know more about a specific command you can show more information by passing the flag
$ toot post --help usage: toot post [-h] [-m MEDIA] [-v VISIBILITY] [--no-color] [--debug] [-u USING] [text] Post a status text to your timeline positional arguments: text The status text to post. optional arguments: -h, --help show this help message and exit -m MEDIA, --media MEDIA path to the media file to attach -v VISIBILITY, --visibility VISIBILITY post visibility, one of: public, unlisted, private, direct --no-color don't use ANSI colors in output --debug show debug log in console -u USING, --using USING the account to use, overrides active account https://github.com/ihabunek/toot
Here’s an example of what it looks like when you show your timelime:
$ toot timeline ───────────────────────────────┼──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── F-Droid │ Aurora Store: Download apks from #GooglePlayStore#AuroraStore is a #fork of @fdroidorg │ #YalpStore by Sergey Yeriomin. It lets you download apps directly from Google 2018-06-17 10:29 │ Play Store as #apk files. It can search for #updates of installed #apps and lets Reblogged @Aznorth │ you search for other apps.Aurora Store provides a #MaterialUI to #Yalp │ #Store.https://f-droid.org/app/com.dragons.aurora#fdroidorg #fdroid #libre #app │ @fdroidorg #altenative ───────────────────────────────┼──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── F-Droid │ This weeks #twif is live: @fdroidorg │ https://f-droid.org/en/2018/06/14/this-week-in-fdroid-w24.htmlEnjoy! 2018-06-17 08:23 │ ───────────────────────────────┼────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────
If you want to list the public timeline just add the flag
--public and to list the timeline for you instance only you add the flags
And here’s what it looks like when you do a search and look up a profile:
$ toot search pixelfed Accounts: * @firstname.lastname@example.org PixelFed Hashtags: #pixelfed, #pixelfedlogo, #pixelfed_replaces_instagaram, #pixelfed_replaces_instagram
$ toot whois @email@example.com @firstname.lastname@example.org PixelFed Federated Image Sharing powered by ActivityPub.Created by @dansupPress Inquiries: email@example.com ID: 50992 Since: 2018-05-17 @ 21:27:57 Followers: 1239 Following: 0 Statuses: 249 https://mastodon.social/@pixelfed
And why not follow them so we can monitor the progress of the awesome project PixelFed? :)
$ toot follow @firstname.lastname@example.org ✓ You are now following @email@example.com
That’s about it. toot is a great little tool if you prefer doing things in the shell like me.
You need the dependencies
python-beautifulsoup4 and the make dependency
python-setuptools. You can then download the latest version of toot on GitHub here.
Unpack the archive and simply install it with the command
python setup.py install.
Before you can use toot you need to add your account(s). You can do so by running the command
toot login or
toot login_browser if you’re using two factor authentication, you will be then directed to your Mastodon instance via your web browser and then asked to authorize toot.
toot supports multiple accounts at the same time, you just have to repeat what you just did for your other instance and you can then view your logged in accounts with the command
toot auth. The active account will have the flag
ACTIVE next to it. You can then use the command
toot activate to switch between your accounts, or just use the flag
--using in combination with your command to use an account temporarily.
If you wish to delete your access token you can do so by logging out using the command