Twitter Stream Downloader
This tutorial provides an excellent introduction to collection Twitter data. It's more recent than updates to this library: http://socialmedia-class.org/twittertutorial.html
A simple Python script to download tweets from the Twitter streaming API. Works with API version 1.1.
The script to run is python/streaming_downloader.py.
This requires you to have a consumer_key, consumer_secret, access_token, and access_token_secret. To obtain these:
- go to dev.twitter.com
- login and create a new application
- Create an access token
- This will give you all four of the above. Remember, do not share these with anyone.
If you run the script with the --help flag it will show valid options.
The code creates files as year/month/timestamp.gz at least once every 24 hours. Changing this behavior isn't too hard but requires modifying the code.
The code requires tweepy. I am using version 3.8.0. https://github.com/tweepy/tweepy
The script also supports the flag "pid_file". This will create a file with the PID of the running job. This is useful if you want to create a cron job that watches the script to make sure it is still running.
stream_type: There are three supported stream types. location, keyword and sample. I didn't put in the username stream type, but it should be easy to add.
If you use a keyword file, the format should be: track=keyword1,keyword2,keyword3 ...
Location files are similar: locations=value1,value2,value3,value4
These files are provided using the "parameters-file" argument.