Alternative Twitter front-end kills the cruft

Nitter is an alternative view of Twitter, showing what's on the microblogging platform without forcing you to interact with the real site's bloated, javascript-heavy design. You can see individual tweets, timelines, searches and personal pages, and it even offers RSS feeds. And unlike Twitter's own legacy/low-bandwidth version, it isn't a barely-functional afterthought. See, for example, what Boing Boing's Twitter account looks like through the mirror. The asterisk is, of course, that you're not logged in there and can't tweet or interact with tweets beyond simply reading them.

Nitter is a free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy. The source is available on GitHub at

  • No JavaScript or ads
  • All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Twitter
  • Prevents Twitter from tracking your IP or JavaScript fingerprint
  • Unofficial API (no rate limits or developer account required)
  • Lightweight (for @nim_lang, 60KB vs 784KB from
  • RSS feeds
  • Themes
  • Mobile support (responsive design)
  • AGPLv3 licensed, no proprietary instances permitted

The Nitter website is useful in its own right, but installing your own Nitter front-end on a local server (or VPS) has additional privacy benefits.