Getting Started

Getting your application tokens

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In order to use the python-twitter API client, you first need to acquire a set of application tokens. These will be your consumer_key and consumer_secret, which get passed to twitter.Api() when starting your application.

Create your app

The first step in doing so is to create a Twitter App. Click the “Create New App” button and fill out the fields on the next page.

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If there are any problems with the information on that page, Twitter will complain and you can fix it. (Make sure to get the name correct - it is unclear if you can change this later.) On the next screen, you’ll see the application that you created and some information about it:

Your app

Once your app is created, you’ll be directed to a new page showing you some information about it.

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Your Keys

Click on the “Keys and Access Tokens” tab on the top there, just under the green notification in the image above.

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At this point, you can test out your application using the keys under “Your Application Tokens”. The twitter.Api() object can be created as follows:

import twitter
api = twitter.Api(consumer_key=[consumer key],
                  consumer_secret=[consumer secret],
                  access_token_key=[access token],
                  access_token_secret=[access token secret])

Note: Make sure to enclose your keys in quotes (ie, api = twitter.Api(consumer_key=‘1234567’, ...) and so on) or you will receive a NameError.

If you are creating an application for end users/consumers, then you will want them to authorize you application, but that is outside the scope of this document.

And that should be it! If you need a little more help, check out the examples on Github. If you have an open source application using python-twitter, send us a link and we’ll add a link to it here.