Linux desktop blog client – drivel

Drivel is a blog client for the GNOME desktop. It is designed to utilize the new features of GNOME 2.0 including GConf and GTK 2.0. Right now it supports following blogging platforms:


c) Movable Type
d) Advogato
e) WordPress

By default, drivel command may not be installed on your system. Hence, use the apk command on Alpine Linux, dnf command/yum command on RHEL & co, apt command/apt-get command on Debian, Ubuntu & co, zypper command on SUSE/OpenSUSE, pacman command on Arch Linux to install the drivel.

Installing drivel

To install type the apt command or apt-get command as the root user:
# apt-get install drivel
OR as normal user (Ubuntu Linux):
$ sudo apt-get install drivel

How do I use the drivel?

To use drivel type the following command:
$ drivel &
drivel login
Next type username, password and select your blog software/platform.
drivel main window
Drivel allows you to perform most functions that are supported by the server such as posting, friends editing, friend groups, friend page checking, post editing etc. Overall it is a nice GNU/GPL tool.

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3 comments… add one
  • Garg Nov 21, 2007 @ 9:44

    I installed Drivel yesterday and I use it on my Fedora Core 6 system – with KDE as the desktop environment.

    Needless to say, you need to use “su yum install drivel” instead of “sudo apt ..”.

    I wonder if there are any plugins for drivel? I would really like one that allows comments or such on Wordpress, even though my main blog is hosted at blogspot.

    Just curious where I could find plugins, but drivel itself is simple and clean, very elegant!

  • sandrar Sep 10, 2009 @ 14:35

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  • skvmb Dec 16, 2009 @ 21:52

    This is awesome. Thank you.

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