Reddit may not be the social network that has the friendliest reputation, but at least since Google sunset Google+, Reddit’s many technical subreddits have become one of the best places to talk about new software, hardware and other nerdy things. So let’s have a short overview about software that may or may not work great on a phone.

General instructions

You will need to have an AUR helper installed or know how to install packages from the AUR without such a software. For that, you can follow the instructions of my previous post, although I would now recommend to now clone git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/yay-bin.git instead, because it is just faster to not build the yay binary on device.

GTK based

Giara

Giara is a relatively new client developed by Gabriele Musco, who has already developed a number of phone-compatible GTK+ apps. Giara will eventually be available on Flathub and thus be easily installable on pretty much every other distribution, but for now, you will have to follow one of the ways to install it below:

Installing from the AUR

Install is easy enough on Arch Linux (ARM) and Manjaro, as you will just have to install giara-git from the AUR.

Installing from Flathub 1

Giara is now also available from Flathub. Flathub has instructions on how to enable it, and if these aren’t enough, I wrote a blog post a while back.

Screenshots

Giara: Overview Giara: Overview with Post menu Giara: Thread View Giara: New Post

Something for Reddit

Something for Reddit is an older client and does not work too well on mobile, but it still is worth a mention, as it is pretty nice on the desktop.

It is available on the AUR (something-for-reddit) and can be installed on OpenSUSE, Fedora and as a Flatpak. As the screenshots show, it works after a scale-to-fit reddit-is-gtk on, but everything is quite small.

Screenshots

Something for Reddit: Overview Something for Reddit: Overview with Thread (landscape) Something for Reddit: New Post

Work-in-Progress: reddit-client-gtk

This is another project, written in Rust, which is not feature complete yet. You can’t login yet and thus not do anything which would require logging in. You can find instructions to build it on the projects GitHub repository. I actually build it by running cargo build which led to a binary called reddit-client-gtk-rs in the target/debug/ subfolder.

Screenshots

reddit-client-gtk: Overview reddit-client-gtk: Going to Subreddit reddit-client-gtk: Thread View reddit-client-gtk: Not implemented

Qt based

Quickddit

Finally, we will try to build Quickddit (OpenStore) for Ubuntu Touch on ArchLinuxARM. There’s also a more advanced version of this client for Sailfish OS, but we would need to use the proprietary UI components of Sailfish, which as far as I know don’t even exist for ARM64/aarchv8 systems.

First, dependencies: All of the packages I installed for my last building tutorial were still installed. Not all of them may be needed, but unless your SD card is tiny: Just install them.

Next, were going to need qqc2-suru-style. This is how you get installed:

git clone https://github.com/ubports/qqc2-suru-style
cd qqc2-suru-style
qmake
make -j4
sudo make install

Now that we have all the dependencies, we can get started with building Quickddit. We are building the Ubuntu Touch variant, reasons explained above.

git clone --recurse-submodules https://github.com/accumulator/Quickddit
vim [or nano] Quickddit/src/quickdditmanager.cpp #add API keys here, the project readme describes how to get them

After adding the API keys (which unfortunately did not lead to a working result for me), we can now build the app:

cd Quickddit/ubuntu-touch
qmake
make -j4

Normally we would run sudo make install now. But this install script is made for UBports Ubuntu Touch, which packages apps as click packages (a precursor to snaps), and I did not even look into fixing it for “normal” distributions. Just run ./quickddit to start the app and try signing into Reddit. To install it permanently, you would have to create a desktop file and you might want to move it to /opt/quickddit or something.

Screenshots

Quickddit: Overview Quickddit: Subreddit Menu Quickddit: Thread View Quickddit: Sad face

Conclusions

While there aren’t too many reddit clients for mobile linux OS, the situation is not too bad. Giara is shaping up to be really good, and Quickddit is pretty great too (assuming logging-in would be possible like on Ubuntu Touch). “Something for Reddit” is rather a client for the desktop power-redditor than a good mobile alternative, and reddit-client-gtk, (being Rust based) is super fast and hopefully sees more development in the future.

What do you think? Did I miss a client? If so, please get in touch on Reddit, via Twitter or Mastodon or just send me an email.

  1. This section was added on October 15th, 2020.