Running toot displays a list of available commands.

Running toot <command> -h shows the documentation for the given command.

$ toot

toot - a Mastodon CLI client

  toot login           Log into a mastodon instance using your browser (recommended)
  toot login_cli       Log in from the console, does NOT support two factor authentication
  toot activate        Switch between logged in accounts.
  toot logout          Log out, delete stored access keys
  toot auth            Show logged in accounts and instances

  toot tui             Launches the toot terminal user interface

  toot whoami          Display logged in user details
  toot whois           Display account details
  toot notifications   Notifications for logged in user
  toot instance        Display instance details
  toot search          Search for users or hashtags
  toot thread          Show toot thread items
  toot timeline        Show recent items in a timeline (home by default)

  toot post            Post a status text to your timeline
  toot upload          Upload an image or video file

  toot delete          Delete a status
  toot favourite       Favourite a status
  toot unfavourite     Unfavourite a status
  toot reblog          Reblog a status
  toot unreblog        Unreblog a status
  toot reblogged_by    Show accounts that reblogged the status
  toot pin             Pin a status
  toot unpin           Unpin a status

  toot follow          Follow an account
  toot unfollow        Unfollow an account
  toot mute            Mute an account
  toot unmute          Unmute an account
  toot block           Block an account
  toot unblock         Unblock an account

To get help for each command run:
  toot <command> --help


Before tooting, you need to log into a Mastodon instance.

toot login

You will be redirected to your Mastodon instance to log in and authorize toot to access your account, and will be given an authorization code in return which you need to enter to log in.

The application and user access tokens will be saved in the configuration file located at ~/.config/toot/config.json.

Using multiple accounts

It’s possible to be logged into multiple accounts at the same time. Just repeat the login process for another instance. You can see all logged in accounts by running toot auth. The currently active account will have an ACTIVE flag next to it.

To switch accounts, use toot activate. Alternatively, most commands accept a --using option which can be used to specify the account you wish to use just that one time.

Finally you can logout from an account by using toot logout. This will remove the stored access tokens for that account.

Post a status

The simplest action is posting a status.

toot post "hello there"

You can also pipe in the status text:

echo "Text to post" | toot post
cat post.txt | toot post
toot post < post.txt

If no status text is given, you will be prompted to enter some:

$ toot post
Write or paste your toot. Press Ctrl-D to post it.

Finally, you can launch your favourite editor:

toot post --editor vim

Define your editor preference in the EDITOR environment variable, then you don’t need to specify it explicitly:

export EDITOR=vim
toot post --editor


You can attach media to your status. Mastodon supports images, video and audio files. For details on supported formats see Mastodon docs on attachments.

It is encouraged to add a plain-text description to the attached media for accessibility purposes by adding a --description option.

To attach an image:

toot post "hello media" --media path/to/image.png --description "Cool image"

You can attach upto 4 attachments by giving multiple --media and --description options:

toot post "hello media" \
  --media path/to/image1.png --description "First image" \
  --media path/to/image2.png --description "Second image" \
  --media path/to/image3.png --description "Third image" \
  --media path/to/image4.png --description "Fourth image"

The order of options is not relevant, except that the first given media will be matched to the first given description and so on.

If the media is sensitive, mark it as such and people will need to click to show it. This affects all attachments.

toot post "naughty pics ahoy" --media nsfw.png --sensitive

View timeline

View what’s on your home timeline:

toot timeline

Timeline takes various options:

toot timeline --public          # public timeline
toot timeline --public --local  # public timeline, only this instance
toot timeline --tag photo       # posts tagged with #photo
toot timeline --count 5         # fetch 5 toots (max 20)
toot timeline --once            # don't prompt to fetch more toots

Status actions

The timeline lists the status ID at the bottom of each toot. Using that status you can do various actions to it, e.g.:

toot favourite 123456
toot reblog 123456

If it’s your own status you can also delete pin or delete it:

toot pin 123456
toot delete 123456

Account actions

Find a user by their name or account name:

toot search "name surname"
toot search @someone
toot search

Once found, follow them:

toot follow

If you get bored of them:

toot mute
toot block
toot unfollow

Using the Curses UI

toot has a curses-based terminal user interface. The command to start it is toot tui.

To navigate the UI use these commands:

  • k or up arrow to move up the list of tweets
  • j or down arrow to move down the list of tweets
  • h to show a help screen
  • t to view status thread
  • v to view the current toot in a browser
  • b to boost or unboost a status
  • f to favourite or unfavourite a status
  • q to quit the curses interface and return to the command line
  • s to show sensitive content. (This is per-toot, and there will be a read bar in the toot to indicate that it is there.)

Note that the curses UI is not available on Windows.