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GNOME Twitch [github, Official Site] recently released a major new version of their open source desktop Twitch client and it's a beauty. The new version includes: Notifications of when people you follow go live, Language selection in the menu to filter livestreams, chat badges, viewer count for games and more. See the changelog here.

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To grab it on Arch you need this package along with one of the players to actually view videos (listed on the page). For Ubuntu you can use this PPA. There's also a FlatPak, if that's your thing.

I much prefer it to using Twitch in a browser personally, since it's faster and I get better quality and the overall feel is much nicer than a browser window. One thing that is missing is the actual viewer count on each channel, something I would like to see. Also, the ability to see who is in the channel chatting too, a list would be nice. I actually requested these features and the developer was very receptive, as they plan to include such features in the next release.

There's other tools like "Streamlink" which will enable you to view a Twitch stream in your favourite desktop player.

Also, while you're here, be sure to follow GOL on Twitch. We have a livestream schedule to watch and you can submit your own there too.

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itsraineing 4 Apr, 2017
Good to see GNOME Twitch improving; it was pretty nice last time I tried it, but didn't quite have the features to replace the Streamlink GUI for me.

By the way, livestreamer's development has been dead for over a year now, streamlink is the actively maintained fork.
Shmerl 4 Apr, 2017
Is Twitch now a game store? And do they sell Linux games? What about DRM there?
tuubi 4 Apr, 2017
Quoting: ShmerlIs Twitch now a game store? And do they sell Linux games? What about DRM there?
Nope. :)

You can browse streams by game though.
Shmerl 4 Apr, 2017
Quoting: tuubi
Quoting: ShmerlIs Twitch now a game store? And do they sell Linux games? What about DRM there?
Nope. :)

You can browse streams by game though.

Well, I actually just saw this: Twitch to start selling video games this week. So I thought this is a new open source client for their store.


Last edited by Shmerl on 4 April 2017 at 5:32 pm UTC
MaCroX95 4 Apr, 2017
This is great news!

I've tried it out and I quite like it, it's way handier than having yet another browser tab open! It now features quite a few functions and features.
tuubi 4 Apr, 2017
Quoting: ShmerlWell, I actually just saw this: Twitch to start selling video games this week. So I thought this is a new open source client for their store.
Oh wow. I had no idea that was happening. I guess this isn't a big surprise, Twitch being owned by Amazon and all.
DelGro95 4 Apr, 2017
oh it works also in ubuntu with unity! i didn't expect that xD btw ty for the advice it's a nice program
Liam Dawe 4 Apr, 2017
Quoting: gungnirindBy the way, livestreamer's development has been dead for over a year now, streamlink is the actively maintained fork.
Good catch, since one was forked from the other they are very similar, keep getting them mixed up, cheers.
tmtvl 4 Apr, 2017
*sigh* I know some people like GNOME, but I just can't stand the whole "you've got two buttons that show the menus containing all the things" thing. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I just like having a good old-fashioned menu bar.
Kensworth 5 Apr, 2017
Quoting: tmtvl*sigh* I know some people like GNOME, but I just can't stand the whole "you've got two buttons that show the menus containing all the things" thing. Maybe I'm just getting old, but I just like having a good old-fashioned menu bar.

That's the beauty of Linux, options! I personally love Gnome 3 but I can understand the preference of functionality in category menus.
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