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Enter the Mastodome

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We don't need another hero, but we do need another Mastodon client! The best one I've come across that isn't browser-based is Tusky, but currently this is only available on Android.

I remember in the late '00s using Tweetdeck and finding it really useful for handling multiple accounts, scheduling tweets and cross-posting until Twitter bought it and ruined it. It occurred to me late last year that writing an open source equivalent for Mastodon (a free software & decentralised alternative to Twitter) would be a pretty awesome technical project that would also scratch that particular itch for both myself and others.

It had a couple of false starts with me trying to use it as an exercise to learn Kotlin, but from the new year 2018 I finally settled on using Python with the Qt GUI framework. I released an initial prototype as version 0.1 on .

Mastodome 0.1 "First Alpha"

You can download it from here. But for now this is just an initial prototype distributed as a tarball or zip file that you can extract and run on any system with the prerequisites present.

The aim of this release was to simply create a proof of concept with the absolute bare minimum functionality to verify if this idea was viable. I learned a lot of good lessons from the exercise which I'll bring into future releases. To summarise the full functionality in this release:

  • Logs in and out of Mastodon and stores tokens in the local keystore (does not support two-factor authentication)
  • Displays home, local and public toot streams
  • Displays a list of current notifications (but not their content)
  • Sends plain-text toots a maximum of 280 characters in size
  • Refreshes visible toot streams when you manually refresh them
  • Supports custom translation files and configurations
  • Displays avatar images and custom artwork

...and that's it. You'll need Python 2 and a load of pre-requisites specified in a "Dev Notes" file. I've not tested it on non-Linux systems yet, but there's no reason why it shouldn't work if you have a working Python environment & Qt installed on your system. In future I intend to make it easier to install and use Mastodome, but as an initial prototype and a rough technical exercise this felt sufficient.