5 Mastodon Desktop Clients

Mastodon desktop clients

Mastodon desktop clients allow you to manage your Fediverse activity without pinning another tab in your web browser. Many will offer additional features such as custom default post creation and appearance settings. Below we’re going to cover the best ones for your operating system (OS) and use case.

Basic Mastodon Desktop Clients

These apps just work. The frills are minimal.


Windows / Linux / macOS

Whalebird has a similar layout to Slack.com. You can quickly toggle between multiple accounts from the sidebar on the left. But you can only view one workspace at a time.

Whalebird is arguably the most stable Mastodon desktop app on this list. It does everything it claims to do without bugs. Most notably, you can create custom timelines to better track your favorite hashtags.

Whalebird dashboard


Windows / Linux / macOS / Web server hosting / Mobile

Hyperspace is similar to Whalebird with showing a single timeline at once and the ability to import multiple accounts. But what sets it apart is the high degree of customization available from the settings menu and config.json file.

The Hyperspace app grants the ability to modify the branding, timelines shown, default instance, and login access for other users on the same machine. Such features may benefit an organization with shared workstations.

Hyperspace dashboard

Note that Hyperspace uses a Nonviolent Public License and is not updated regularly.


Linux only

Tootle is a simple GNOME app available from Flathub. Tootle developers have stated plans for touchscreen capabilities, but the widget isn’t updated often.

Tootle GNOME app
Screenshot from apps.gnome.org

Mastodon Social Media Management

These desktop applications let you do far more than the advanced Mastodon web interface. They are well suited for tracking multiple accounts and hashtags with little effort.


Windows / Linux / macOS

TheDesk has a similar workflow to Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. It displays multiple timelines by default, a workflow surely appreciated by busy social media managers. Timelines can be set to track specific users, instance timelines, and hashtags.

Other unique features include Spotify integration, Aiscript plugins, text-to-speech (TTS), and app-wide word filters.

There are disadvantages, though. Some features don’t work as advertised. It isn’t the prettiest to look at (as of version 22.1.1). The documentation at docs.thedesk.top is in Japanese. And while TheDesk can support Pleroma, the developers warn that there may be issues.

TheDesk dashboard


Windows / Linux / macOS

Sengi is possibly the most versatile Mastodon and Pleroma desktop client on this list. This Fediverse app displays as a sleek timeline widget by default. However, you can drag it out to display multiple timelines from multiple accounts at once. You can even integrate a Twitter bridge (BirdsiteLIVE from the same developer by default).

Sengi federated timeline

An honorable mention: there’s a Mastodon plugin for the Bitlbee instant messaging (IM) application.

Keep in mind that this is not a complete list of possibilities. What Mastodon desktop client do you use to manage Fediverse activity outside of the instance web interface? Let us know in the comments below.

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    1. The Nonviolent Public License aims to ensure basic protections against forms of violence, coercion, and discrimination which creations are frequently leveraged for in the modern world. This license covers several formats of creative work but has extra terms for software given the power it has as a tool outside of its creative capacities.

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