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[![Test Matrix](https://github.com/zedeus/nitter/workflows/CI/CD/badge.svg)](https://github.com/zedeus/nitter/actions?query=workflow%3ACI/CD)
[![License](https://img.shields.io/github/license/zedeus/nitter?style=flat)](#license)
A free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy. \
Inspired by the [Invidious](https://github.com/iv-org/invidious) project.
A free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy and
performance. \
Inspired by the [Invidious](https://github.com/iv-org/invidious)
project.
- No JavaScript or ads
- All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Twitter
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## Why?
It's basically impossible to use Twitter without JavaScript enabled. If you try,
you're redirected to the legacy mobile version which is awful both functionally
and aesthetically. For privacy-minded folks, preventing JavaScript analytics and
potential IP-based tracking is important, but apart from using the legacy mobile
version and a VPN, it's impossible. This is is especially relevant now that Twitter
[removed the ability](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/twitter-removes-privacy-option-and-shows-why-we-need-strong-privacy-laws)
It's impossible to use Twitter without JavaScript enabled. For privacy-minded
folks, preventing JavaScript analytics and IP-based tracking is important, but
apart from using a VPN and uBlock/uMatrix, it's impossible. Despite being behind
a VPN and using heavy-duty adblockers, you can get accurately tracked with your
[browser's fingerprint](https://restoreprivacy.com/browser-fingerprinting/),
[no JavaScript required](https://noscriptfingerprint.com/). This all became
particularly important after Twitter [removed the
ability](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/twitter-removes-privacy-option-and-shows-why-we-need-strong-privacy-laws)
for users to control whether their data gets sent to advertisers.
Using an instance of Nitter (hosted on a VPS for example), you can browse

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# About
Nitter is a free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on
privacy. The source is available on GitHub at <https://github.com/zedeus/nitter>
privacy and performance. The source is available on GitHub at
<https://github.com/zedeus/nitter>
* No JavaScript or ads
* All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Twitter
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## Why use Nitter?
It's basically impossible to use Twitter without JavaScript enabled. If you try,
you're redirected to the legacy mobile version which is awful both functionally
and aesthetically. For privacy-minded folks, preventing JavaScript analytics and
potential IP-based tracking is important, but apart from using the legacy mobile
version and a VPN, it's impossible.
It's impossible to use Twitter without JavaScript enabled. For privacy-minded
folks, preventing JavaScript analytics and IP-based tracking is important, but
apart from using a VPN and uBlock/uMatrix, it's impossible. Despite being behind
a VPN and using heavy-duty adblockers, you can get accurately tracked with your
[browser's fingerprint](https://restoreprivacy.com/browser-fingerprinting/),
[no JavaScript required](https://noscriptfingerprint.com/). This all became
particularly important after Twitter [removed the
ability](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/twitter-removes-privacy-option-and-shows-why-we-need-strong-privacy-laws)
for users to control whether their data gets sent to advertisers.
Using an instance of Nitter (hosted on a VPS for example), you can browse
Twitter without JavaScript while retaining your privacy. In addition to
respecting your privacy, Nitter is on average around 15 times lighter than
Twitter, and in some cases serves pages faster.
Twitter, and in most cases serves pages faster (eg. timelines load 2-4x faster).
In the future a simple account system will be added that lets you follow Twitter
users, allowing you to have a clean chronological timeline without needing a
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## Contact
Feel free to join our Freenode IRC channel at #nitter, or our
[Matrix channel](https://matrix.to/#/#nitter:matrix.org).
Feel free to join our [Matrix channel](https://matrix.to/#/#nitter:matrix.org).

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