How to Use Hootsuite as a Desktop Application

When I talk with people about Hootsuite versus Tweetdeck, one thing people love about Tweetdeck is that it runs on your desktop versus from within your browser. Well, Hootsuite can too! (By the way, if Hootsuite scares you, my video on the basics of Hootsuite still rings true).

If you use Hootsuite on your web browser, it probably looks a little something like this:

I don’t know about you but I typically have a gazillion tabs open, not to mention all my little bookmarks and doo-dad thingies like the Evernote bookmarklet. Add some Hootsuite tabs and columns in there and it’s total overload! Ouch- my eyes!

Now, behold Hootsuite on a desktop.

Much cleaner, right? This is on a Mac but you can do this on a Mac or a PC.

So How Do You Do It?

It’s quite easy actually! I could walk you through step-by-step but I’d be repeating everything Hootsuite said.

If you’re on a PC, you’ll need to use Chrome (which is what I use anyway). First visit the Hootsuite Extensions page using Chrome and click on Download Now.

It’ll take you a simple process to add Hootsuite to your web store. That just means when you load Chrome, you’ll see a Hootsuite icon on your default page when you open Chrome or a new tab, like so:


Now go back to the Extensions page and click on the Learn More under HootSuite Desktop. You’ll go through five easy steps to set it up. Once you’re done, you’ll have a desktop version of Hootsuite without all the browser clutter!


If you’re on a Mac, the Chrome way isn’t supported. However, there’s a nifty program called Fluid which will turn Hootsuite into a desktop app. Visit the Hootsuite Extensions page and download Fluid.

Once you’ve installed it, just create a new Fluid app. You’ll enter the URL of the app (, name it, select where you want it to go (Applications folder most likely) and then choose an icon to use. That’s it! I also dragged the app to my dock so it’s within easy reach.


So did you know Hootsuite could do this? Are you gonna give it a shot?

Psst… there will be no page critique tomorrow. I’m introducing a special series on blog photos that will start next week! Can’t wait to tell you about it!



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  1. says

    I don’t know if I’ll use this or not- I use Hoot for Web and I don’t mind it. Or maybe I’m just used to having 80 tabs open…. I’ll give it a shot, though. Now I’m going to read your post on using Hootsuite, because I KNOW I’m not using it to its full potential.

    • melissa says

      Totally understand! On the desktop version, I like that I can see more each stream on the screen and that I can toggle to it… to me, that’s more easily to it than clicking a different tab in the browser because I always have lots of tabs open. I hope you learn something new in the HS video– it’s pretty basic though so you might not! :)

  2. says

    Great tip Melissa — we’ll share happily share this post when questions about desktop version come across the pipe.

    Let us know if we can help with anything, more importantly, HOOT ON :)

    -HootSuite Community

  3. says

    I am so hoping I can make this happen on my Mac! I really need to streamline. But it seems that Hootsuite is no longer offering Fluid. Do you have any other suggestions for Mac users Melissa? Thanks!

  4. says

    Thanks for this info – great stuff. Running Fluid on a MBP with Mountain Lion and no problems! :)

  5. says

    I just have to thank you for this tip. HootSuite is an excellent service but I had been hoping there was a desktop client available, but with dual monitors and chrome on one with HootSuite I’m really saving time! Thank you so much!!!

  6. says

    Do you know if there are any other ways to download Hootsuit onto your Mac desktop now? I can’t find a way, I think they updated what kind of apps are on their page. And I am trying to figure it out but not as advanced as you and wanted to see if you have any other advice! Thank you -Mee

  7. says

    Wow, thank you for the work-around! I had been searching all across HootSuite today (HS newb :) and couldn’t find any desktop client!

  8. says

    Thanks I was looking all day for a desktop app for the Mac. Weird since they already have an app for iOSX. I mainly want to use it for the links