An up to date, pure Python wrapper for the Twitter API. Supports Twitter's main API, Twitter's search API, and (soon) using OAuth with Twitter/Streaming API.
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Twython - Easy Twitter utilities in Python

I wrote Twython because I found that other Python Twitter libraries weren't that up to date. Certain things like the Search API, OAuth, etc, don't seem to be fully covered. This is my attempt at a library that offers more coverage.

This is my first library I've ever written in Python, so there could be some stuff in here that'll make a seasoned Python vet scratch his head, or possibly call me insane. It's open source, though, and I'm open to anything that'll improve the library as a whole.

OAuth and Streaming API support is in the works, but every other part of the Twitter API should be covered. Twython handles both Basic (HTTP) Authentication and OAuth (Older versions (pre 0.9) of Twython need Basic Auth specified - to override this, specify 'authtype="Basic"' in your twython.setup() call).

Twython has Docstrings if you want function-by-function plays; otherwise, check the Twython Wiki or Twitter's API Wiki (Twython calls mirror most of the methods listed there).


Twython (for versions of Python before 2.6) requires a library called "simplejson". You can grab it at the following link:


Installing Twython is fairly easy. You can...

easy_install twython

...or, you can clone the repo and install it the old fashioned way.

git clone git://
cd twython
sudo python install

Example Use

import twython

twitter = twython.core.setup(username="example", password="example")
twitter.updateStatus("See how easy this was?")

Twython 3k

There's an experimental version of Twython that's made for Python 3k. This is currently not guaranteed to work, but it's provided so that others can grab it and hack on it. If you choose to try it out, be aware of this.

Questions, Comments, etc?

My hope is that Twython is so simple that you'd never have to ask any questions, but if you feel the need to contact me for this (or other) reasons, you can hit me up at

Twython is released under an MIT License - see the LICENSE file for more information.