Twitter for Mac revamped, gains dark theme, inline video and GIF support, group DMs and more

By , Dec 30, 2015

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Twitter today at last issued a long-expected update to its free of charge OS X desktop client in the Mac App Store. The new Twitter 4.0 experience starts with a brand new dark theme for those who prefer the Finder’s optional dark appearance in OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.

Other enhancements in this edition of Twitter for Mac include the ability to mute accounts, use a new Today widget to see Twitter Highlights in the Notification Center, group chats with up to 50 people and support for Twitter’s new quotation format, animated GIFs and inline video playback.

“Twitter for Mac is getting the update you’ve been asking for. Now it looks and feels more like the Twitter you carry with you everyday,” teases the blurb.

Check out Twitter’s refined appearance below.

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And this is what Twitter’s new dark theme looks like.

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“We’ve built in some of the most-requested features so your Twitter for Mac experience combines what you love about Twitter with the elegance you expect on a Mac.”

Here’s Twitter’s new Today widget in action.

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There’s also a brand new app icon for Twitter in this update, as seen on the before vs. after image embedded below.

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Twitter 4.0 for OS X changelog

Here’s everything that’s new in this update:

  • Inline video playback—You’ll see videos play directly in your feed.
  • GIFs support—See animations without leaving your timeline.
  • Group Direct Messages—Create and receive private notes with up to 50 people.
  • Mute—Silence specific accounts so you no longer see them in your feed.
  • Today Center Widget—Get your Twitter Highlights right on your desktop.
  • Dark Theme—Now you can see the world in black or white.
  • Updated design—Get the latest improvements to icons, buttons, and interactions.
  • Quote Tweet—Add your two cents to any Retweet.


Twitter requires an Intel-based Mac with OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later. The app is localized in English, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese and Turkish.

Download Twitter for free in the Mac App Store.

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  • Mr.Coolfreak

    Looks really nice, if they include Moments and Polls I’ll ditch Tweetbot

    • with no icloud sync option, it’s hard for me to ditch Tweetbot for this.. also, sponsored tweets and ads mean I will stick with Tweetbot.

    • Corey Johnson

      Does Tweetbot have Moments and Polls? If so, I can’t find them on the Mac client.

      • Nope, but then no third-party Twitter apps have moments and polls it’s a limitation of the Twitter API.

  • And now for the iOS version with a dark theme…

  • Yeah dark theme for iOS is a must. But also being able to mute hashtags.

  • Elias Chao

    So they did release it before the year ends. Cool.