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Easy Twitter integration for Django.

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ECL Twitter


ECL Twitter is an awesome Twitter library for Python 2.7+. It makes the Twitter
API a joy to use, and Django integration is baked in. To find out more, read

If you have an issue to report or a feature request, add it to our
`issue tracker <>`_.

.. _installation:


ECL Twitter is on PyPi, so we recommend installing via `pip`_::

$ pip install ecl-twitter

.. _pip:

.. _configuration:


If you'd like to use ECL Twitter for a stand alone application (e.g., in a
script you're writing to download your tweets), you'll need to set the
environment variables ``TWITTER_KEY``, ``TWITTER_SECRET``, and
``TWITTER_REDIRECT_URL`` with the values appropriate for your Twitter

export TWITTER_KEY="Gmxb5Rh7gpOpzunQ7SQcOA"
export TWITTER_SECRET="irhZg1W5NO2r7M9IRwhjHKpzKPjJ3HXc6RYCbrM0"

If you're only interested in integration with Django, read :ref:`django`.

.. _authentication:


We've made authentication very simple. Probably too simple, to be honest.::

>>> from twitter import Twitter
>>> twitter = Twitter()
>>> url, token, secret = twitter.generate_authorization()
>>> url

After opening this URL in your browser and allowing the application, you'll be redirected to a page with a PIN. This is your ``verifier``.::

>>> twitter = Twitter(token, secret)
>>> data = twitter.oauth.access_token(oauth_verifier=verifier)
>>> data
<Objectifier#dict oauth_token_secret=unicode user_id=unicode oauth_token=unicode screen_name=unicode>

Congratulations, you have successfully authenticated with Twitter (told you it was easy). ``data`` is an ``Objectifier`` object which should contain your token, secret, user id, and screen name.

To call the API, use your newly-acquired access token and access token secret::

>>> twitter = Twitter(data.oauth_token, data.oauth_token_secret)
>>> tweets = twitter.statuses.user_timeline()
>>> tweets
<Objectifier#list elements:20>

So, yeah. That's it. Be fruitful and multiply.

.. _django:

Integrating with Django

What we did above is easy. For Django projects, we've made it even easier. In your views file::

from django.contrib.auth import authenticate, login
from django.http import HttpResponseRedirect

from ecl_twitter import twitter_begin, twitter_callback

from .models import User

# ...

def oauth_twitter_begin(request):

def oauth_twitter_complete(request, data):
user, _ = User.objects.get_or_create(screen_name=data.screen_name, defaults={
'access_token': data.oauth_token,
'access_token_secret': data.oauth_token_secret })
user = authenticate(
login(request, user)
return HttpResponseRedirect(reverse('home'))

Add these values to your settings.::

# The User model that you'll be using to authenticate with Twitter.

# ...

TWITTER_KEY = "Gmxb5Rh7gpOpzunQ7SQcOA"

Then map the above views in your

# ...

urlpatterns = patterns('app.views',
# ...
url(r'^oauth/twitter/begin$', 'oauth_twitter_begin'),
url(r'^oauth/twitter/complete$', 'oauth_twitter_complete'),

You're done. Oh, you might also want to add some fields for storing the
Twitter-related fields in your user model.

Contributing, feedback, and questions

* Bitbucket:
* Github:
* Email:
* Twitter: `@elmcitylabs <>`_

Indices and tables

* :ref:`genindex`
* :ref:`modindex`
* :ref:`search`

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