Posting to Tumblr from the Linux Desktop with OpenTumblr Client


TumblrIf you’re looking to publish online, but want a platform that’s somewhere between Twitter and a fully-fledged blog, then you might want to check out Tumblr. With Tumblr, you post tumblelogs, short posts that can be text, video, or audio.

The great thing about a tumblelog is that it’s simple to set up and use. While posting from the Tumblr site itself is fairly easy,  you can also post from your desktop. However, if you’re running Linux, there aren’t too many Tumblr clients for the Linux desktop. One worth taking a look  at is OpenTumblr Client.

Getting Up and Running

OpenTumblr Client is written in Python, which you should have installed by default on your system. If not, install it using your distro’s package manager.

There are two versions of this application. One only requires Python, while the other requires both Python and the following libraries:

Again, you should be able to install those libraries from your distro’s package manager.

The main difference between the two version is that the Python QT version is a bit more compact and visually attractive.

Note: This post focuses on the Python + QT version of the OpenTumblr client.

Download the archive containing the installation files and extract it to your hard drive. Then, open a terminal window, navigate to the directory containing the files that you extracted, and then run the following command to install OpenTumblr Client:

sudo python install 

Let’s Get Tumblelogging!

Once OpenTumblr Client is installed, it’s added to your Applications menu. For example, in Ubuntu you can find the shortcut under Applications > Internet. If it isn’t, then pop open a launcher (press, for example, ALT+F2 in Ubuntu) and then type

Login window

You’re asked to enter the email address of your Tumblr account, the password, and the name of your tumblelog. The name isn’t actually the name that appears at the top of a page when someone visits your tumblelog. It’s the URL — for example, Then click the Log in button.

Once you’re logged in, you’re presented with the application’s dashboard.

The dashboard

It looks a bit like the dashboard in Tumblr’s web interface. Just click an icon to open the editor to post text (a traditional blog post), links, conversations, quotes, photos, audio, and video. The editor is tailored to the type of post you’re making. For example, here’s the editor for a text post:

Ready to publish a text post

Just type information in the main fields and add a tag or two if you want. If you’re writing a text post, you can also add formatting to the text, as well as insert an image or a link.

If you want to schedule the post to publish at a later date, click the Publishing options list and select publish on. Then, in the Date this post field, enter a date and time to publish the post. It defaults to next Tuesday, 10 am.

When you’re ready to publish, click the Create Post button.

Like Tumblr, OpenTumblr Client is very easy to use. If you want to post to Tumblr from the Linux desktop, you’ll find OpenTumblr client a simple and effective way to do just that.

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We’ve found a new home!

Over the weekend, we undertook a major site migration to a completely new web server. I’ll go into details on why we moved in a later post, but in short, we were having technical difficulties with our previous hosting provider and our site performance was suffering. That wasn’t acceptable, so we moved!

Besides changing physical machines, we’ve switched from the ubiquitous Apache HTTP server to the high performance new guy, Nginx (pronounced “Engine-X”). In addition to serving you pages even faster, Nginx is more efficient and keeps our new machine very happy.

As with any major change, things can break or behave unexpectedly. Because of this, I’d like to call on you to help notify us of any problems or changes in Techerator. If you experience any unusual behavior, please send an email to with as much information as possible (i.e. what error you saw, what were you trying to do, and include information about what browser and operating system you’re using). We’ll do everything we can to make sure the site works as it should.

To help me gauge the performance of the new server, I’d greatly appreciate your feedback in the following poll. If you have extra details you want to share, please post in the comments below.

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Thank you for your patience with our intermittent downtime over the weekend!

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Welcome to Techerator v3

You might have noticed that things look a little different around here today, and you’re right – I got a haircut. But besides that, we’ve launched a completely new version of the site, Techerator v3!

Faster, Cleaner, Better

Techerator v2 was all about adding features, so the goal of Techerator v3 was to take those features and streamline them. Starting from the ground up, we put the focus on content and then tightly integrated our best features around it. This means that pages will load faster, content will be displayed better, and you’ll be able to find the information you’re looking for faster. Our source code has never been prettier.

Even though things look a little different (especially brighter!), you will find that everything is exactly where you expect it to be. We hope you enjoy the new version of Techerator, and if you have any comments, questions, or would like to report a bug please contact us at

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Happy Thanksgiving from Techerator!

To those of you reading Techerator from the United States: Happy Thanksgiving!  We decided to take a break from the tech today and instead tell you what our plans are for the holiday weekend.  Feel free to tell us your plans in the comments at the bottom of this post!

Above all, we’re thankful for all our readers, subscribers, commenters, followers, and fans.  Thank you for your continued support!

Evan Wondrasek

I took an overnight train back to my hometown in rural North Dakota and got back early Thanksgiving morning.  I found it to be pretty challenging to sleep on the train, but I managed to sleep through almost the entire trip (including a 2-hour delay in the city where I went to college).

Now that I’m home I’m going to put up the Christmas tree with my family, take my mom shopping for TVs on Black Friday, and play Munchkin and Halo Reach with my friends.

Oh, and did I mention how excited I am for turkey dinner, riced potatoes, and fruit salad?

Jacob Bean

The holiday season is always my favorite time of the year! I love Thanksgiving. I don’t love it just for the food, although that’s a great part of it, but more because I get a chance to be with family. This will be the first year that I’m going to be having Thanksgiving with my sister since early 2000 and the first time I will  ever have Thanksgiving with my five-year-old niece.

It’s going to be a fun day! We plan on watching the Macy’s Day Parade as usual, then spending the day in the kitchen cooking, followed by the Thanksgiving meal. Later in the evening we plan on decorating the house for Christmas and putting up the tree in addition to playing board games and games on the Wii.

The rest of the weekend will probably consist of shopping, movies, hot chocolate, tubing/skiing and attending the city’s annual tree lighting. Let the festivities begin!

Kevin Ivanca

When it comes to Thanksgiving, the Ivanca family partakes in an untraditional traditional way.  Please, let me elaborate.

The year was 1987.  The economy was booming, the Minnesota Twins had just won the World Series, and three couples who worked together realized that none of them were going home to their respective families that Thanksgiving.  So they decided to meet up at one of their homes to celebrate the holiday regardless.  And thus a non-relative family tradition was born.  Currently the tradition calls for rotating between these three families and their homes…and although we are not hosting this year, it is always a blessing to see them and reminisce.

Normally as part of the tradition, we all jump on over to the movies after the Thanksgiving meal and sit down for some tri-family entertainment.  In 2002, this movie tradition took on a form of its own when the first “Harry Potter” came out.  Since then, we have tried to catch every Potter movie afterwards (if it comes out in November of course), and you will surely see all of us at “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” on Thanksgiving Day.

I honestly don’t know what we will do once “Part 2” comes out, but I guess we’ll cross that bridge when it comes.

Nick Post

I traveled to my hometown from my college town, and I plan on going to my grandma’s house for Thanksgiving (but the weather will probably stop that).  If we can’t go there, we plan to stay with my parents and siblings that I haven’t seen since Christmas.

I’m taking a short vacation and will be back at work on Friday!

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Here at Techerator, we know that our site wouldn’t be the success it is without all of our readers (Thank you!).  Since our launch in May 2009, we’ve made many improvements to the site for our readers.  Our most recent change was an entire redesign of Techerator.

A big focus on the redesign was making it easier for our readers to keep updated on new articles with the tools in our sidebar.

Today we’re making it even easier to subscribe to our content at Techerator.

Techerator extension for Google Chrome

We’re happy to announce the Techerator Extension for Google Chrome.  The Techerator Extension for Google Chrome is another great way to keep updated on our newest articles, especially if you don’t use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Download the Techerator Extension for Google Chrome to get started using it.

Once the extension is installed, you’ll see its icon in your Chrome browser.

Click the extension’s icon to expand the list of newest articles from Techerator.  You can see from the image below that your unread articles are shown in bold.

Clicking on an article expands the reading pane, allowing you to read the entire article right in the extension!  If you click on the article title at the top of the reading pane, you can read the article on

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Give the Techerator Extension for Google Chrome a try and let us know what you think!

Special thanks to the Ookong team for developing this Google Chrome extension.

Welcome to Techerator v2! (Updated)

You may have noticed we’ve been a bit quiet lately – well, today we can finally divulge the big news.  For the past few weeks, we’ve been stealthily putting together the new version of Techerator which officially launched today!

This new version is a complete visual redesign, but we’ve tried to preserve the overall layout from the original design so you’ll still be able to find the information you want.

New Features

Simpler Categories

Our main focus for the new look was to improve the visual experience of Techerator and make the site easier to navigate.  Along with the fresh coat of paint, we’ve also fully redesigned the way our categories function help you find the topics you’re most interested in.

New Ways to Share

Another new feature in Techerator v2 is the Facebook Like button.  Now that Facebook allows you to show your interest in topics all over the internet, you can click the Like button at the top of any article to show you liked the article or topic.

The TweetMeme retweet button is also included at the top of all posts if you would like to share on Twitter.

New Commenting System Powered by Disqus

Along with the new update, we also revamped our commenting system and changed over to Disqus comments.  The new comment system will function similarily to the old one, but you’ll have more options for logging in and several new commenting features.

With Disqus comments, you can log in with Twitter, Facebook, OpenID, a Disqus account, or post as a guest.  If you want to give it a try, you can check out the new commenting system at the bottom of this post!

Techerator Mobile

If you’re browsing with a mobile device like an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone, or dozens of other devices, you’ll now have access to Techerator Mobile, a lightweight and easy-to-navigate mobile version of the site.  This site is fairly vanilla for the moment, but new features will be added over the next few weeks.

If you prefer to view the full site, simply click the Exit the Mobile Version link at the bottom of any page.

You Can Help!

We’ve spent a lot of time tweaking and testing, but we could still use your help making the new website as robust as possible.  If you find any bugs, glitches, missing features, or simply something you would like to see – please post in the comments below or send us an email at  We try to make this site accessible to a wide variety of browsers and operating systems, so your help is critical to reach that goal.

I’d like to extend special thanks to Brian Nelson for his CSS and graphic design mastery, as well as everyone who helped test and debug the new site.

We hope you enjoy the new look, and as always, thanks for being a part of Techerator!

Happy New Year!

It’s officially 2010, Happy New Year!

Today also marks Techerator’s 9 month anniversary, so I’d like to send a special thanks to everyone who has helped me with Techerator over the past 9 months, especially:

Dustin PattersonCo-founder and Editor
Kevin SchulteEditor
Reis PritchardContributor
Jacob KeppelerContributor
David CarmanContributor
Brian NelsonContributor
Patrick VingeContributor
Cassandra ReflingContributor
Derek DahlenContributor
Sarah TondrykProofreader

And most of all, thanks to all the readers, subscribers, followers, fans, commenters, retweeters, and supporters.  This project is for you and we couldn’t do it without your support and encouragement.

All the best in 2010!

Evan Wondrasek
Founding Editor

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