Linux client for Tumblr

Attention! This version of Grumblr is defunct!

All released versions of Grumblr utilize Tumblr API v1 which is phased out by Tumblr effective September 2012.

Grumblr is a Tumblr micro-blogging platform client for a GTK-friendly Desktop Environment like GNOME, XFCE, LXDE, etc. With Grumblr, you can post text messages, links, quotes, chat logs, upload photos, audio, and video files right away from your desktop.

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Grumblr client


In order to install and run grumblr you should have the following packages installed on your system:

You can install required packages with the following command

On Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install ruby rubygems ruby-dev libxml2-dev zlib1g-dev libgtk2.0-dev


Grumblr comes with both desktop entry file and icon, though they are not installed automatically during gem installation process.

To make Grumblr acessible from system menu

  1. copy data/grumblr.application file to ~/.local/share/applications/
  2. copy data/pixmaps/grumblr.svg icon to ~/.local/share/pixmaps/
  3. symlink grumbr executable script to an accessible directory like /usr/local/bin/

On Debian/Ubuntu:

$ sudo gem install grumblr $ cd /var/lib/gems/1.8/gems/grumblr-2.4.2 $ sudo ruby ./setup.rb


At the first start you will need to enter your Tumblr login and password. Select a message type, add contents and probably a file. Submit to Tumblr blog.


Grumblr is released under the terms of the New BSD License.

Source files

GitHub repository