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A JavaScript library that provides text processing routines for Tweets. This library conforms to a common test suite shared by many other implementations, particularly twitter-text.gem (Ruby). The library provides autolinking and extraction for URLs, usernames, lists, and hashtags.

Extraction Examples

// basic extraction
var usernames = twttr.txt.extract_mentioned_screen_names("Mentioning @twitter and @jack")
// usernames == ["twitter", "jack"]

Auto-linking Examples

twttr.txt.autoLink("link @user, please #request");


Username extraction and linking matches all valid Twitter usernames but does not verify that the username is a valid Twitter account.


Auto-link and extract list names when they are written in @user/list-name format.


Auto-link and extract hashtags, where a hashtag contains any latin letter or number but cannot be solely numbers.


Auto-linking and extraction of URLs differs from some other linkification libraries so that they will work correctly in Tweets written in languages that do not include spaces between words.


Special care has been taken to be sure that auto-linking and extraction work in Tweets of all languages. This means that languages without spaces between words should work equally well.

Hit Highlighting

Use to provide emphasis around the "hits" returned from the Search API, built to work against text that has been auto-linked already.



The main test suite is twitter-text-conformance. This is set up as a git submodule that is automatically updated at each run. Tests are run in your browser, using QUnit. To run the conformance suite, from the project root, run:

rake test:conformance

Your default browser will open the test suite. You should open the test suite in your other browsers as you see fit.

Other Tests

There are a few tests specific to twitter-text-js that are not part of the conformance suite. To run these, from the project root, run:

rake test

Your default browser will open the test suite.


Official versions are kept in the pkg/ directory. To roll a new version, (ex. v1.1.0), run the following from project root:

rake package[1.1.0]

This will make a new file at pkg/twitter-text-1.1.0.js.

Reporting Bugs

Please direct bug reports to the twitter-text-js issue tracker on GitHub

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