Peter Hoffmann Director Data Engineering at Blue Yonder. Python Developer, Conference Speaker, Mountaineer

Simple Twitter Streaming API access with Python and Oauth

Python example to access the twitter API on your behalf, without going through three legged autorization.

At first go to app and create a new application.

Twitter App

If you just want to get access on behalf of your twitter account you dont't have to go through Three Legged Authorization to get an oauth_token and an oauth_token_secret. Instead you can create the two tokens on the twitter page for your application:

Twitter Token

With Tweepy and the four oauth tokens it's really easy to connect to the twitter streaming api:

import sys
import tweepy

access_key = ""
access_secret = "" 

auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret)
auth.set_access_token(access_key, access_secret)
api = tweepy.API(auth)

class CustomStreamListener(tweepy.StreamListener):
    def on_status(self, status):
        print status.text

    def on_error(self, status_code):
        print >> sys.stderr, 'Encountered error with status code:', status_code
        return True # Don't kill the stream

    def on_timeout(self):
        print >> sys.stderr, 'Timeout...'
        return True # Don't kill the stream

sapi = tweepy.streaming.Stream(auth, CustomStreamListener())