A social networking service scraper in Python
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snscrape is a scraper for social networking services (SNS). It scrapes things like user profiles, hashtags, or searches and returns the discovered items, e.g. the relevant posts.

The following services are currently supported:

  • Facebook: user profiles
  • Google Plus: user profiles
  • Instagram: user profiles
  • Twitter: user profiles, hashtags, and searches


snscrape requires Python 3.6 or higher. The Python package dependencies are installed automatically when you install snscrape.

Note that one of the dependencies, lxml, also requires libxml2 and libxslt to be installed.


pip3 install snscrape

If you want to use the development version:

pip3 install git+https://github.com/JustAnotherArchivist/snscrape.git


To get all tweets by Jason Scott (@textfiles):

snscrape twitter-user textfiles

It's usually useful to redirect the output to a file for further processing, e.g. in bash using the filename @textfiles-tweets:

snscrape twitter-user textfiles >@textfiles-tweets

To get the latest 100 tweets with the hashtag #archiveteam:

snscrape --max-results 100 twitter-hashtag archiveteam

snscrape --help or snscrape <module> --help provides details on the available options. snscrape --help also lists all available modules.

It is also possible to use snscrape as a library in Python, but this is currently undocumented.


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.