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This is the start of a relatively leisurely deprecation period for twitteR, in favor of using rtweet. Please start looking to switch over to that package. If you have any questions contact myself or @mkearney


twitteR is an R package which provides access to the Twitter API. Most functionality of the API is supported, with a bias towards API calls that are more useful in data analysis as opposed to daily interaction.

Getting Started

  • Please read the user vignette, which admittedly can get a bit out of date
  • Create a Twitter application at http://dev.twitter.com. Make sure to give the app read, write and direct message authority.
  • Take note of the following values from the Twitter app page: "API key", "API secret", "Access token", and "Access token secret".
  • You can use the CRAN version (stable) via the standard install.packages("twitteR") or use the github version. To do the latter:
    • install.packages(c("devtools", "rjson", "bit64", "httr"))
    • Make sure to restart your R session at this point
    • library(devtools)
    • install_github("geoffjentry/twitteR")
  • At this point you should have twitteR installed and can proceed:
    • library(twitteR)
    • setup_twitter_oauth("API key", "API secret")
      • The API key and API secret are from the Twitter app page above. This will lead you through httr's OAuth authentication process. I recommend you look at the man page for Token in httr for an explanation of how it handles caching.
    • You should be ready to go!
  • If you have any questions or issues, check out the mailing list