A simple idiomatic Scala library for the Tumblr API
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A simple and (hopefully) idiomatic Scala library for the Tumblr API. Provides all API functionality in native Scala code and objects (no json responses). See this post for some more background.

Latest Version

The latest version of tumblr4s is 1.0.3. To add it to your project using sbt, add the following to your build.sbt file:

libraryDependencies += "com.orrsella" %% "tumblr4s" % "1.0.3"


The library is published for Scala 2.10 and 2.11 (version 1.0.1 still supports Scala 2.9, in case you're interested).

The following dependencies are used:



Working with the Tumblr API requires an API key (which is identical to the OAuth Consumer Key). If you don't have one go register an application. "API key" authenticated methods only require the API key, while "OAuth" authenticated methods also require the Secret Key and a user's access token key and access token secret (see the Authentication section for more details.)

The TumblrApi class encapsulates all functionality found in the API. Construct it using the companion object:

import com.orrsella.tumblr4s._

val tumblr = TumblrApi(apiKey) // without OAuth capabilities


val tumblr = TumblrApi(apiKey, apiSecret, accessTokenKey, accessTokenSecret) // with OAuth capabilities

If you'll try to use an OAuth required method without the credentials supplied (first example), you'll get a TumblrApiOAuthException.


All methods mirror the available API functionality and have similar names. Here are some examples, with partial parameters (many more are available):

import com.orrsella.tumblr4s.model._

try {
  val baseHostname = "staff.tumblr.com" // a standard or custom blog hostname, see:
                                        // http://www.tumblr.com/docs/en/api/v2#hostname
  val blog: Blog = tumblr.getBlogInfo(baseHostname)
  val followers: BlogFollowers = tumblr.getBlogFollowers(baseHostname, limit = 20, offset = 60)
  val post: Post = tumblr.getBlogPost(37192020774L, baseHostname)
  val posts: Seq[Post] = tumblr.getDraftPosts(baseHostname)

  val user: User = tumblr.getUserInfo() // user == the authenticated OAuth user (not some public blog)
  val dashboard: Seq[Post] = tumblr.getUserDashboard(postType = QuotePostType, includeNotesInfo = true)
  // ...
} catch {
  case TumblrApiOAuthException() => // tried to invoke an OAuth required method without needed credentials
  case TumblrApiException(400, message, contents, cause) => // Bad Request
  case TumblrApiException(401, message, contents, cause) => // Unauthorized
  case TumblrApiException(404, message, contents, cause) => // Not Found
  // ...
  case _ => // unknown error


try {
  val params1 = new TextPostParams(baseHostname, "Some Title", "Some <b>body</b>", DraftPostState, ...)
  val postId: Long = tumblr.post(params1)

  // update the created post and publish:
  val params2 = new TextPostParams(baseHostname, "Other Title", "Diff body", PublishPostState)
  val updatedPostId = tumblr.editPost(postId, params2) // updatedPostId == postId
  val deletedPostId = tumblr.deletePost(postId, baseHostname)

  val photos: Seq[String] = List("/path/to/file1", "/path/to/file2")
  val photoParams = new PhotoPostParams(baseHostname, data = photos) // see known issues regarding photos
  val photoPostId = tumblr.post(photoParams)

  tumblr.like(9666523557L, "ipd0veky")
  // ...


The TumblrApi class uses the Scala Cake Pattern to inject HTTP functionality via the HttpClient trait. This is mainly so you can easily use a different library, user-agent string, introduce throttling or proxy, etc. in its implementation. It also helps with testing.

Constructing TumblrApi from its companion object (as shown above) automatically mixes in DispatchHttpClient, which – as you can imagine – uses Dispatch for its implementation. If you'd like to implement your own version of HttpClient, simply do it like this:

import com.orrsella.tumblr4s.http.{HttpClient, HttpMethod}

trait MyHttpClient extends HttpClient {
  def makeRequest(
    method: HttpMethod,
    requestUrl: String,
    params: Map[String, String],
    files: Map[String, String]): String = sys.error("Not Implemented")

  def makeOAuthRequest(
    method: HttpMethod,
    requestUrl: String,
    params: Map[String, String],
    files: Map[String, String],
    consumerKey: String,
    consumerSecret: String,
    accessKey: String,
    accessSecret: String): String = sys.error("Not Implemented")

val myTumblr = new TumblrApi(apiKey) with MyHttpClient

Known Issues

  • The Tumblr API documentation for posting photos states that the data parameter in the /post request can be "One or more image files (submit multiple times to create a slide show)" and is of type "Array (URL-encoded binary contents)". However, this functionality does not seem to work, no matter which approached was tried for the multi-file upload. It seems that the first file is the only one used. Regardless, the multi-file implementation was still kept (as Seq[String]), so future attempts to fix this problem won't change the library's public API. For the time being, know that only the first image file in a PhotoPostParams request will be used. If you are able to fix this, or have an idea on how to, please let me know.


Any comments/suggestions? Let me know what you think – I'd love to hear from you. Send pull requests, issues or contact me: @orrsella and orrsella.com


This software is licensed under the Apache 2 license, quoted below.

Copyright (c) 2012 Orr Sella

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