Browse Reddit from your terminal
THIS PROJECT IS NO LONGER MAINTAINED
A text-based interface (TUI) to view and interact with Reddit from your terminal.
You can use telnet or ssh to try out a lite version of RTV directly in your terminal, without needing to install it:
$ telnet redditbox.us
$ ssh redditbox.us
redditbox.us is an independent project by Alex Jarmoszuk
RTV is available on PyPI and can be installed with pip:
$ pip install rtv
See Repology for an up-to-date list of supported distro packages:
# macOS $ brew install rtv
$ pacman -S rtv
$ nix-env -i rtv
$ apt install rtv
$ pkg install rtv
$ git clone https://github.com/michael-lazar/rtv.git $ cd rtv $ python setup.py install
RTV is not supported on Windows, due to a lack of resources and interest. Sorry!
To run the program, type:
$ rtv --help
Move the cursor using either the arrow keys or Vim style movement:
Press / to open the navigation prompt, where you can type things like:
See CONTROLS for the full list of commands.
Configuration files are stored in the
Check out rtv.cfg for the full list of configurable options. You can clone this file into your home directory by running:
$ rtv --copy-config
You can use mailcap to configure how RTV will open different types of links.
A mailcap file allows you to associate different MIME media types, like
video/mp4, with shell commands. This feature is disabled by default because it takes a few extra steps to configure. To get started, copy the default mailcap template to your home directory.
$ rtv --copy-mailcap
This template contains examples for common MIME types that work with popular reddit websites like imgur, youtube, and gfycat. Open the mailcap template and follow the instructions listed inside.
Once you've setup your mailcap file, enable it by launching rtv with the
rtv --enable-mediaflag (or set it in your rtv.cfg)
The default programs that RTV interacts with can be configured through environment variables:
|$RTV_EDITOR||A program used to compose text submissions and comments, e.g. vim, emacs, gedit
If not specified, will fallback to $VISUAL and $EDITOR in that order.
|$RTV_BROWSER||A program used to open links to external websites, e.g. firefox, google-chrome, w3m, lynx
If not specified, will fallback to $BROWSER, or your system's default browser.
|$RTV_URLVIEWER||A tool used to extract hyperlinks from blocks of text, e.g. urlview, urlscan
If not specified, will fallback to urlview if it is installed.
Themes can be used to customize the look and feel of RTV
You can list all installed themes with the
--list-themescommand, and select one with
--theme. You can save your choice permanently in your rtv.cfg file. You can also use the F2 & F3 keys inside of RTV to cycle through all available themes.
For instructions on writing and installing your own themes, see THEMES.md.
> If your distro ships with an older version of python 2.7 or python-requests,
> you may experience SSL errors or other package incompatibilities. The
> easiest way to fix this is to install rtv using python 3. If you
> don't already have pip3, see http://stackoverflow.com/a/6587528 for setup
> instructions. Then do
bash > $ sudo pip uninstall rtv > $ sudo pip3 install -U rtv >
> This type of text usually shows up when python is unable to render
> unicode properly.
> 1. Try starting RTV in ascii-only mode with
> 2. Make sure that the terminal/font that you're using supports unicode
> 3. Try setting the LOCALE to utf-8
> 4. Your python may have been built against the wrong curses library,
> see here and
> here for more information
> This project is structured to be run as a python module. This means that
> you need to launch it using python's
-m flag. See the example below, which
> assumes that you have cloned the repository into the directory ~/rtv_project.
bash > $ cd ~/rtv_project > $ python3 -m rtv >
All feedback and suggestions are welcome, just post an issue!
Before writing any code, please read the Contributor Guidelines.
This project is distributed under the MIT license.