TweetPony – A Twitter library for Python
…it's called TweetPony because I developed it with ponies in mind.
This program is licensed under the AGPLv3. See the
LICENSE file for more information.
You can easily install TweetPony using the Python Package Index. Just type:
sudo pip install tweetpony
You can see the internal names of all the API endpoints in the file
For example, to update your status, you would do:
status = api.update_status("Hello world!")
All the parameter names are the same as in the API documentation. Values will be automatically converted to their correct representation. For example, the boolean
True will become the string
TweetPony has an internal model system which lets you perform actions related to the model quite easily!
Suppose you have a
status = api.get_status(id = 12345)
Now if you want to favorite this status, you would probably do this:
api.favorite(id = status.id)
But TweetPony makes this easier! You can just do:
and the pony will favorite the tweet!
Of course, this will only work if you obtained the
Status instance through an API call, which should be the case 99% of the time. It won't work if you create the
Status instance directly from a dictionary. But why would you do that?
You can also manually connect an
API instance to a model instance by using the model's
For example, if you have two
API instances (e.g. for two different users) and want to fetch a tweet with the first user's account and retweet it with the second user's account, you do:
status = api1.get_status(id = 12345) status.connect_api(api2) status.retweet()
models.py to see which methods exist for which models.
Details on function parameters
If you omit the paramater names in function calls, the order of parameters is as follows: First come all URL parameters / required parameters in the order they are listed in
endpoints.py, then come all optional parameters.
For all API endpoints that take an image as a parameter, just pass the image file object to upload as the appropriate parameter and the pony will do the rest for you.
Multi-image uploading is supported too! Look into the
api.py files for details.
On error, TweetPony will raise either an
APIError instance has the following attributes:
code: The error code returned by the API or the HTTP status code in case of HTTP errors
description: The error description returned by the API or the HTTP status text in case of HTTP errors
ParameterError instances have only one attribute, the error description.
Almost every API call (except for the ones that return only a list or something equally simple) will return a parsed model instance representing the response data.
APIError and many more models.
You can access the response data as instance attributes like
status.text or using a dictionary lookup like
You can either pass your access token and access token secret when initializing the API instance or go through the normal authentication flow. The authentication flow works like this:
api = tweetpony.API(consumer_key = "abc", consumer_secret = "def") auth_url = api.get_auth_url() print "Open this link to obtain your authentication code: %s" % auth_url code = raw_input("Please enter your authentication code: ") api.authenticate(code)
After you've done this, the access token and access token secret can be obtained from the
API instance as
By default, TweetPony loads the authenticating user's profile as soon as all four authentication tokens are present. This is also a way of checking whether these tokens are correct. If you do not want the user to be loaded, pass
load_user = False to the
This is useful if:
- you want to save API calls
- you can be sure that the access tokens are correct
- you don't need the user profile (if you do, you can still load it using the
verifyfunction of the
This is a simple example script. More can be found in the
import tweetpony api = tweetpony.API(consumer_key = "abc", consumer_secret = "def", access_token = "ghi", access_token_secret = "jkl") user = api.user print "Hello, @%s!" % user.screen_name text = raw_input("What would you like to tweet? ") try: api.update_status(status = text) except tweetpony.APIError as err: print "Oops, something went wrong! Twitter returned error #%i and said: %s" % (err.code, err.description) else: print "Yay! Your tweet has been sent!"