10 minutes Twitter Bot with Tweepy in Python

Twitter is social media site which allows user to share their thoughts in 140 characters with features like retweet, reply and follow other users etc. Lets make a twitter bot that gets a random Chuck Norris quote from the free API and post it to your twitter timeline after every 1 minutes.

We will use the tweepy module in Python for authorization and posting tweet on twitter.

Install Tweepy:-

Installing the tweepy is so simple ,Put this command in the console.

[code]pip install –U tweepy[/code]


Creating a Twitter App.

First we need to create a Twitter Application, Navigate to http://apps.twitter.com/ and create an App.

Make sure it has read and write permission as given in below mentioned screenshot.
Getting the App Keys:
Navigate to the Keys and Access Tokens tab and note the following Keys.
1.Consumer Key (API Key)
2.Consumer Secret (API Secret)
3.Access Token
4.Access Token Secret

Authorization using twitter bot:
Create a Python file with Main function and paste the code(Enter your Keys values in place of xxxxx)

[python]consumer_secret=’xxxxx’
access_key=’xxxxxxx’
access_secret=’xxxxxx’
auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret)
auth.set_access_token(access_key, access_secret)
api = tweepy.API(auth)
[/python]

Posting Random Joke on Timeline:
Now we are logged into twitter using our bot, Lets get the Chuck Norris random joke and post it to twitter.

[python]responeData = requests.get("http://api.icndb.com/jokes/random/?escape=javascript")
myStatusText = str(responeData.json()[‘value’][‘joke’])
api.update_status(status=myStatusText)[/python]

Lets call this function in every 1 minute and our simple twitter bot is ready.

In the next tutorial, We will use our bot to follow users, retweet and reply etc.
Full Code

[python]
import tweepy, sys, time
import requests

def tweetToTwitter():
consumer_key = ‘xxxxxx’
consumer_secret = ‘xxxxxx’
access_key = ‘xxxxx’
access_secret = ‘xxxxxxx’

auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret)
auth.set_access_token(access_key, access_secret)
api = tweepy.API(auth)
responeData = requests.get("http://api.icndb.com/jokes/random/?escape=javascript")
myStatusText = str(responeData.json()[‘value’][‘joke’])
api.update_status(status=myStatusText)

def main():
print("Welcome to the TweetBot by ScrollTest.com")
while True:
tweetToTwitter()
time.sleep(60) #1 minute

if __name__ == "__main__":
main()
[/python]

Let me know your thoughts in comments. In  next tutorial we will explore more about tweepy.

2 thoughts on “10 minutes Twitter Bot with Tweepy in Python”

  1. Awesome! I am having some issues with Tweepy right now! I don’t understand how the rate limit works and I cant find a good description on it. When I request a list of my current friends from the API and it sends back that list, does each friend object count towards my rate limit?

    Also, I cant seem to figure out how to check my rate limit. When I use the rate limit status function it returns back a huge dictionary!

  2. Hello. The code is throwing up an error on idle 3.5 Version of python

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “/home/compaq/Bot.py”, line 21, in
    if _name_==”_main_”:
    NameError: name ‘_name_’ is not defined

    I have tried correcting the error but am unable to. please let me know if I can correct the same

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