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The official Ruby library for accessing the DataSift API. See for full details and to sign up for an account.

The examples use the username and API key in config.yml unless otherwise noted.

Install Instructions

sudo gem install datasift


If you're using the source you'll need to install the dependencies.

sudo gem install yajl-ruby rest-client

The library will use SSL connections by default. While we recommend using SSL you may disable it if r§equired by passing false as the third parameter when creating a user, or by calling user.enableSSL(false) on the user object.

Simple example

This example looks for anything that contains the word "datasift" and simply prints the content to the screen as they come in.

require 'rubygems'
require 'datasift'
user ="your username", "your api_key")
definition = user.createDefinition('interaction.content contains "football"')
consumer = definition.getConsumer(DataSift::StreamConsumer::TYPE_HTTP)
consumer.consume(true) do |interaction|
	if interaction
		puts interaction['interaction']['content']

See the DataSift documentation for full details of the data contained within each interaction. See this page on our developer site for an example tweet:


All code contained in this repository is Copyright 2011-2012 MediaSift Ltd.

This code is released under the BSD license. Please see the LICENSE file for more details.


  • v.2.0.1 Fixed a bug that was preventing streaming connections from being established (2012-09-03)

  • v.2.0.0 Added support for Historics queries and Push delivery (2012-08-31)

  • v.1.5.0 Added getBalance to the User class joncooper (2012-05-24)

  • v.1.4.1 Fixed a minor bug in the SSL support (2012-05-15)

  • v.1.4.0 Added SSL support (2012-05-15)

    This is enabled by default and can be disabled by passing false as the third parameter to the User constructor, or calling enableSSL(false) on the User object.

  • v.1.3.1 Exposed compile failures when getting the stream hash (2012-04-20)

  • v.1.3.0 Improved error handling (2012-03-08)

    Added onError and onWarning events - see examples/consume-stream.rb for an example.

    Stopped the HTTP consumer from attempting to reconnect when it receives a 4xx response from the server.

  • v.1.2.0 Twitter Compliance (2012-02-28)

    The consumer now has an onDeleted method to which you can assign a block that will be called to handle DELETE requests from Twitter. See delete.rb in the examples folder for a sample implementation. (@see

    NB: if you are storing tweets you must implement this method in your code and take appropriate action to maintain compliance with the Twitter license.