A simple command-line utility that allows you to post a "toot" (equivalent of a Tweet) on the Mastodon social network.
npm install -g toot
Running first time
When you first run
toot you will be asked some questions in order for toot to authenticate with your Mastodon service
> toot Before you start using toot, you need to authenticate with your Mastodon server. ...
You will be asked for:
- which instance of Mastodon are you posting to? - there are many e.g. toot.cafe
- what name you want to give your app? - the name you pick here will show up in your Mastodon settings under "Authorized apps"
You will then be asked to visit a long URL in your browser and be prompted for one further piece of information:
- the code displayed when you visit the URL?
This is a once-only operation. Then your configuration is saved (in
Sending a toot
After the inital setup, sending a toot is a breeze:
> toot "I'm sending a Toot from the command-line!"
You can also pipe data from other processes into toot:
> cat longfile.txt | grep 'message' | toot
-v[direct|private|unlisted|public] - the visibility of the toot
-c- content warning text
--config[path] - location of the config file
--help- view help text
--version- show version number
> toot --visibility private "secret" > toot -v unlisted -c "Knock Knock" "Who's there?"
Why would I want this?
Perhaps you want to set up a Mastodon account for servers you are looking after. They can then be easily configured to send status updates:
> > toot "$HOSTNAME is going down for maintenance. Farewell dear friends" > toot "$HOSTNAME is up. I'm back!"
If you want to reconfigure Toot from the beginning, simply delete the
~/.mastodon.json file and run
toot again to reauthorise.