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Reditr: A Desktop Client for Reddit With Embedded Content

Justin Pot 17-10-2012

reddit desktop clientDo you love Reddit, but find the user interface infuriating? Try a new way to get at the best content on the web. Reditr shows you the latest posts from your favorite subreddits in easy-to-skim columns. Even better, it embeds content so you don’t need to be a tab ninja just to see what’s going on.


Reddit is the most efficient way to waste your time online, but what if you could make your time wasting even more efficient? Enter Reditr, the Tweetdeck-inspired Reddit desktop client that makes browsing your favorite subreddits simple.

The interface is heavily borrowed from Tweetdeck, and it works better than you’d expect. Instead of seeing only the most popular posts from your various subreddits you can actively browse for information from each, meaning you play a more active role in your content consumption. Depending on what you use Reddit for this could be a very good thing.

Reddit clients aren’t new. iPad users can check out Alien Blue; Android users have apps like Reddionic. Until now, however, desktop users have been limited to their browsers and Reddit-specific browser plugins Use Reddit Like A Boss With This Combo Package Today, we're going to take a look at a couple of browser extensions that will enhance your Reddit experience. One of them is an old fogey, so you might of already heard of it by... Read More . Reditr changes that, for the better.

Using Reditr

When you first fire up Reditr and sign into your account, you’ll see the subreddits you know and love, arranged into columns.

reddit desktop client


This means you can, at a glance, see what’s going on in all of the different communities you consider yourself part of.

Click a link to an article and you won’t be taken to that page, however – instead you’ll see an embedded version of the article alongside the column for the subreddit it’s in.

reddit embedded

The text is pulled from the linked-to page using Readability The New Readability Addon Converts Pages To Read-Friendly Format Read More . Embedded content also shows up for pictures and videos:


reddit embedded

In case you’re not following, click an item in any column and you’ll see it in Reditr itself. This saves you from opening a new tab in order to see the content, but it also means you get to see Reddit’s comments directly below the article, picture or video you’re looking at.

reddit desktop client

Even better, the comment system works exactly as you’d expect, meaning you can participate in Reddit conversations.


Columns are for more than just sub-reddits. You can watch all of the posts by a particular user, or constantly monitor a particular search.

Are you confused? This video, from an alpha build, should give you a better idea of how Reditr works.


Are you ready to try out Reditr? Head here. You’ll find downloads there for Windows, Mac and Ubuntu, along with a link to Reditr on the Chrome Web Store.

Ubuntu users – the Ubuntu download is really a script that installs Chrome before installing the Chrome app. This might not be true later, but for now you’re really better off installing the Chrome app directly – or at least that’s my opinion.



Reditr is beta, and there are some bugs to work out, but it’s already more pleasant to use than the website, so I thought I’d point it out. Let me know how you enjoy it in the comments below.

Are you not sure you have a handle on this whole Reddit thing? Check out the MakeUseOf Reddit manual The Awesome Guide to Reddit Wonder how your friends always find cool stuff on the Internet before you? They're probably using Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet". Read More . It outlines pretty much everything.

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  1. Alexander
    January 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Thanks for showing this awesome desktop app :D

  2. Siddhant Chaurasia
    October 23, 2012 at 12:54 am

    The background colour needs to be changed

  3. Mac Witty
    October 18, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Have now tried it and the app is nice but I have a problem with the dark background - it is much harder to read than light background and dark text.

    • Justin Pot
      October 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      You can change the color in the settings – I should have mentioned that. Enter "Settings" and you'll find two "Themes": Dark and Light. Choose light, then restart.

      • Mac Witty
        October 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm

        Thanks for your answer. I actually went to the settings but missed the thinnest little scoll list I've ever seen. It is better with light background, but the text is still a bit too weak for my eyes.

        • Mark
          October 5, 2017 at 5:55 pm

          u can enlarge it

    • Mark
      October 5, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      u can enlarge it like u do in cameras in phone