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Twitter API client library for node.js

Twitter for Node.js

An asynchronous client library for the Twitter REST and Streaming API's.

var Twitter = require('twitter');
 
var client = new Twitter({
  consumer_key: '',
  consumer_secret: '',
  access_token_key: '',
  access_token_secret: ''
});
 
var params = {screen_name: 'nodejs'};
client.get('statuses/user_timeline', params, function(errortweetsresponse){
  if (!error) {
    console.log(tweets);
  }
});

npm install twitter

You will need valid Twitter developer credentials in the form of a set of consumer and access tokens/keys. You can get these here. Do not forgot to adjust your permissions - most POST request require write permissions.

var Twitter = require('twitter');
var client = new Twitter({
  consumer_key: '',
  consumer_secret: '',
  access_token_key: '',
  access_token_secret: ''
});

Add your credentials accordingly. I would use environment variables to keep your private info safe. So something like:

var client = new Twitter({
  consumer_key: process.env.TWITTER_CONSUMER_KEY,
  consumer_secret: process.env.TWITTER_CONSUMER_SECRET,
  access_token_key: process.env.TWITTER_ACCESS_TOKEN_KEY,
  access_token_secret: process.env.TWITTER_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET,
});

You will need to fetch a bearer token from Twitter as documented Here, once you have it you can use it as follows.

var client = new Twitter({
  consumer_key: '',
  consumer_secret: '',
  bearer_token: ''
});

Add your credentials accordingly. I would use environment variables to keep your private info safe. So something like:

var client = new Twitter({
  consumer_key: process.env.TWITTER_CONSUMER_KEY,
  consumer_secret: process.env.TWITTER_CONSUMER_SECRET,
  bearer_token: process.env.TWITTER_BEARER_TOKEN,
});

NB - You will not have access to all endpoints whilst using Application Only authentication, but you will have access to higher API limits.

You now have the ability to make GET and POST requests against the API via the convenience methods.

client.get(path, params, callback);
client.post(path, params, callback);
client.stream(path, params, callback);

You simply need to pass the endpoint and parameters to one of convenience methods. Take a look at the documentation site to reference available endpoints.

Example, lets get a list of favorites:

client.get('favorites/list', function(errortweetsresponse){
  if(error) throw error;
  console.log(tweets);  // The favorites. 
  console.log(response);  // Raw response object. 
});

How about an example that passes parameters? Let's tweet something:

client.post('statuses/update', {status: 'I Love Twitter'},  function(errortweetresponse){
  if(error) throw error;
  console.log(tweet);  // Tweet body. 
  console.log(response);  // Raw response object. 
});

Using the stream convenience method, you to open and manipulate data via a stream piped directly from one of the streaming API's. Let's see who is talking about javascript:

var stream = client.stream('statuses/filter', {track: 'javascript'});
stream.on('data', function(tweet) {
  console.log(tweet.text);
});
 
stream.on('error', function(error) {
  throw error;
});
 
// You can also get the stream in a callback if you prefer. 
client.stream('statuses/filter', {track: 'javascript'}, function(stream) {
  stream.on('data', function(tweet) {
    console.log(tweet.text);
  });
 
  stream.on('error', function(error) {
    throw error;
  });
});

Originally authored by @technoweenie and maintained by @jdub

Currently maintained by @desmondmorris

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