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Talon for Twitter


This is the complete version of the Twitter client that I created for Android. It is 100% open source, the only thing that you will have to do plug in is your own API keys.

I am lucky enough to say that, as a paid app, Talon has perched itself at the top of the top paid social apps list since it's release in 2014. It has amassed 100,000+ downloads while holding a 4.6 star rating on the Play Store. This app is one of the more successful apps I have ever made and I am open sourcing it as a "thank you" to everyone that has supported my work over the years! It works great and I'm proud to say that it can probably be considered one of the most popular third party Twitter apps.

While I will be the first to admit that it is very far from perfect - and a lot of the base code was written when I had no clue what I was doing - it it could be a very cool project to look at for inspiration, implementation details, and contributions.

Enjoy Talon for Twitter and let me know what you want to see next!

Building Talon

You should build the app against the current

branch. The tags are all old releases and are not maintained. I will not be able to support building older versions of the app.

Before Talon will work, you will need to generate some API keys, for Twitter. I will not be distributing my keys.

To get your Twitter API key, go through these steps:

  1. sign in on their developer site (
  2. Click
    Create New App
  3. Choose a name, description, and website. These are all required and unique to your app, but it makes no difference what you call them. Anything will work here.
  4. For the callback URL, you can do anything you like, but to have it work out of the box, use:
    • If you want a different one (stressing that it really DOES NOT matter..) then change it in the
  5. Read and accept their
    Rules of the Road
    , then
    Create your Twitter Application
  6. After it is created, you can change the icon and add some other info from the settings page.
  7. You NEED to go to the
    page of the app and select the
    Read, Write and Access direct messages
    option, or else you won't be able to do anything but view your timeline.
Adding API Keys to the App

In the

file, I have ignored
which should contain your keys. Go ahead, copy the
and fill in the keys in it.

This allows me to keep the keys out of source control, but still build the app without any hassle.

There are fields for the Twitter keys, as well as some third party services that Talon utilizes. You do not have to generate keys for the third party services. Those services just will not work.

Providing a Signing Configuration

For release builds, add your keystore simply as

to the root of the project, then add a
file to the root with (no quotation marks around these strings!):


Please fork this repository and contribute back using pull requests. Features can be requested using issues. All code, comments, and critiques are greatly appreciated.


Copyright 2018 Luke Klinker

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