Created: 2008-10-08 08:26
Updated: 2018-03-02 21:51
License: other

#Python Twitter#

A python wrapper around the Twitter API

Author: DeWitt Clinton Github fork: Idan Gazit


This library provides a pure python interface for the Twitter API.

Twitter ( provides a service that allows people to connect via the web, IM, and SMS. Twitter exposes a web services API ( and this library is intended to make it even easier for python programmers to use.


###From source:###

Install the dependencies:

Download the latest python-twitter library from:

Untar the source distribution and run:

$ python build
$ python install


With setuptools installed:

$ python test

Without setuptools installed:

$ python

##Getting the code##

View the trunk at:

Check out the latest development version anonymously with:

$ git clone git://


The API documentation is included in the doc directory, in the form of twitterapi.html.


The library provides a python wrapper around the Twitter API and the twitter data model.


The three model classes are twitterapi.Status, twitterapi.User, and twitterapi.DirectMessage. The API methods return instances of these classes.

To read the full API for twitterapi.Status, twitterapi.User, or twitterapi.DirectMessage, run:

$ pydoc twitterapi.Status
$ pydoc twitterapi.User
$ pydoc twitterapi.DirectMessage


The API is exposed via the twitterapi.Api class.

To create an instance of the twitterapi.Api class:

>>> import twitterapi
>>> api = twitterapi.Api()

To create an instance of the twitterapi.Api with login credentials (many API calls required the client to be authenticated):

>>> api = twitterapi.Api(username='username', password='password) 

To fetch the most recently posted public twitter status messages:

>>> statuses = api.GetPublicTimeline()
>>> print [ for s in statuses]
[u'DeWitt', u'Kesuke Miyagi', u'ev', u'Buzz Andersen', u'Biz Stone'] 

To fetch a single user's public status messages, where "user" is either a Twitter "short name" or their user id.

>>> statuses = api.GetUserTimeline(user)
>>> print [s.text for s in statuses]

To fetch a list a user's friends (requires authentication):

>>> users = api.GetFriends()
>>> print [ for u in users]

To post a twitter status message (requires authentication):

>>> status = api.PostUpdate(username, password, 'I love python-twitter!')
>>> print status.text
I love python-twitter!

There are many more API methods, to read the full API documentation:

$ pydoc twitterapi.Api


Patches and bug reports are welcome, just please keep the style consistent with the original source.

Add more example scripts.

The twitterapi.Status and twitterapi.User classes are going to be hard to keep in sync with the API if the API changes. More of the code could probably be written with introspection.

Statement coverage of twitter_test is only about 80% of

The twitterapi.Status and twitterapi.User classes could perform more validation on the property setters.

##More Information##

The original project is hosted at Please visit for more discussion regarding the original version.

This friendly fork incorporates several changes. It is hosted on github, at:

The new project's homepage is:

and issues are tracked on lighthouse:


Additional thanks to Pierre-Jean Coudert, Omar Kilani, Jodok Batlogg, edleaf,glen.tregoning, and the rest of the python-twitter mailing list.


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