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Simple, Pythonic text processing. Sentiment analysis, POS tagging, noun phrase parsing, and more.

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TextBlob: Simplified Text Processing

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TextBlob is a Python (2 and 3) library for processing textual data. It provides a simple API for diving into common natural language processing (NLP) tasks such as part-of-speech tagging, noun phrase extraction, sentiment analysis, classification, translation, and more.

from textblob import TextBlob

text = '''
The titular threat of The Blob has always struck me as the ultimate movie
monster: an insatiably hungry, amoeba-like mass able to penetrate
virtually any safeguard, capable of--as a doomed doctor chillingly
describes it--"assimilating flesh on contact.
Snide comparisons to gelatin be damned, it's a concept with the most
devastating of potential consequences, not unlike the grey goo scenario
proposed by technological theorists fearful of
artificial intelligence run rampant.

blob = TextBlob(text)
blob.tags           # [(u'The', u'DT'), (u'titular', u'JJ'),
                    #  (u'threat', u'NN'), (u'of', u'IN'), ...]

blob.noun_phrases   # WordList(['titular threat', 'blob',
                    #            'ultimate movie monster',
                    #            'amoeba-like mass', ...])

for sentence in blob.sentences:
# 0.060
# -0.341

blob.translate(to="es")  # 'La amenaza titular de The Blob...'

TextBlob stands on the giant shoulders of NLTK and pattern, and plays nicely with both.


  • Noun phrase extraction

  • Part-of-speech tagging

  • Sentiment analysis

  • Classification (Naive Bayes, Decision Tree)

  • Language translation and detection powered by Google Translate

  • Tokenization (splitting text into words and sentences)

  • Word and phrase frequencies

  • Parsing

  • n-grams

  • Word inflection (pluralization and singularization) and lemmatization

  • Spelling correction

  • Add new models or languages through extensions

  • WordNet integration

Get it now

$ pip install -U textblob
$ python -m textblob.download_corpora


See more examples at the Quickstart guide.


Full documentation is available at


  • Python >= 2.6 or >= 3.3


MIT licensed. See the bundled LICENSE file for more details.


0.9.0 (2014-09-15)

  • TextBlob now depends on NLTK 3. The vendorized version of NLTK has been removed.

  • Fix bug that raised a SyntaxError when translating text with non-ascii characters on Python 3.

  • Fix bug that showed “double-escaped” unicode characters in translator output (issue #56). Thanks Evan Dempsey.

  • Backwards-incompatible: Completely remove import text.blob. You should import textblob instead.

  • Backwards-incompatible: Completely remove PerceptronTagger. Install textblob-aptagger instead.

  • Backwards-incompatible: Rename TextBlobException to TextBlobError and MissingCorpusException to MissingCorpusError.

  • Backwards-incompatible: Format classes are passed a file object rather than a file path.

  • Backwards-incompatible: If training a classifier with data from a file, you must pass a file object (rather than a file path).

  • Updated English sentiment corpus.

  • Add feature_extractor parameter to NaiveBayesAnalyzer.

  • Add textblob.formats.get_registry() and textblob.formats.register() which allows users to register custom data source formats.

  • Change BaseClassifier.detect from a staticmethod to a classmethod.

  • Improved docs.

  • Tested on Python 3.4.

0.8.4 (2014-02-02)

  • Fix display (__repr__) of WordList slices on Python 3.

  • Add download_corpora module. Corpora must now be downloaded using python -m textblob.download_corpora.

0.8.3 (2013-12-29)

  • Sentiment analyzers return namedtuples, e.g. Sentiment(polarity=0.12, subjectivity=0.34).

  • Memory usage improvements to NaiveBayesAnalyzer and basic_extractor (default feature extractor for classifiers module).

  • Add textblob.tokenizers.sent_tokenize and textblob.tokenizers.word_tokenize convenience functions.

  • Add textblob.classifiers.MaxEntClassifer.

  • Improved NLTKTagger.

0.8.2 (2013-12-21)

  • Fix bug in spelling correction that stripped some punctuation (Issue #48).

  • Various improvements to spelling correction: preserves whitespace characters (Issue #12); handle contractions and punctuation between words. Thanks @davidnk.

  • Make TextBlob.words more memory-efficient.

  • Translator now sends POST instead of GET requests. This allows for larger bodies of text to be translated (Issue #49).

  • Update pattern tagger for better accuracy.

0.8.1 (2013-11-16)

  • Fix bug that caused ValueError upon sentence tokenization. This removes modifications made to the NLTK sentence tokenizer.

  • Add Word.lemmatize() method that allows passing in a part-of-speech argument.

  • Word.lemma returns correct part of speech for Word objects that have their pos attribute set. Thanks @RomanYankovsky.

0.8.0 (2013-10-23)

  • Backwards-incompatible: Renamed package to textblob. This avoids clashes with other namespaces called text. TextBlob should now be imported with from textblob import TextBlob.

  • Update pattern resources for improved parser accuracy.

  • Update NLTK.

  • Allow Translator to connect to proxy server.

  • PerceptronTagger completely deprecated. Install the textblob-aptagger extension instead.

0.7.1 (2013-09-30)

  • Bugfix updates.

  • Fix bug in feature extraction for NaiveBayesClassifier.

  • basic_extractor is now case-sensitive, e.g. contains(I) != contains(i)

  • Fix repr output when a TextBlob contains non-ascii characters.

  • Fix part-of-speech tagging with PatternTagger on Windows.

  • Suppress warning about not having scikit-learn installed.

0.7.0 (2013-09-25)

  • Wordnet integration. Word objects have synsets and definitions properties. The text.wordnet module allows you to create Synset and Lemma objects directly.

  • Move all English-specific code to its own module, text.en.

  • Basic extensions framework in place. TextBlob has been refactored to make it easier to develop extensions.

  • Add text.classifiers.PositiveNaiveBayesClassifier.

  • Update NLTK.

  • NLTKTagger now working on Python 3.

  • Fix __str__ behavior. print(blob) should now print non-ascii text correctly in both Python 2 and 3.

  • Backwards-incompatible: All abstract base classes have been moved to the text.base module.

  • Backwards-incompatible: PerceptronTagger will now be maintained as an extension, textblob-aptagger. Instantiating a text.taggers.PerceptronTagger() will raise a DeprecationWarning.

0.6.3 (2013-09-15)

  • Word tokenization fix: Words that stem from a contraction will still have an apostrophe, e.g. "Let's" => ["Let", "'s"].

  • Fix bug with comparing blobs to strings.

  • Add text.taggers.PerceptronTagger, a fast and accurate POS tagger. Thanks @syllog1sm.

  • Note for Python 3 users: You may need to update your corpora, since NLTK master has reorganized its corpus system. Just run curl | python again.

  • Add script for getting the minimum corpora requirements for TextBlob’s basic features.

0.6.2 (2013-09-05)

  • Fix bug that resulted in a UnicodeEncodeError when tagging text with non-ascii characters.

  • Add DecisionTreeClassifier.

  • Add labels() and train() methods to classifiers.

0.6.1 (2013-09-01)

  • Classifiers can be trained and tested on CSV, JSON, or TSV data.

  • Add basic WordNet lemmatization via the Word.lemma property.

  • WordList.pluralize() and WordList.singularize() methods return WordList objects.

0.6.0 (2013-08-25)

  • Add Naive Bayes classification. New text.classifiers module, TextBlob.classify(), and Sentence.classify() methods.

  • Add parsing functionality via the TextBlob.parse() method. The text.parsers module currently has one implementation (PatternParser).

  • Add spelling correction. This includes the TextBlob.correct() and Word.spellcheck() methods.

  • Update NLTK.

  • Backwards incompatible: clean_html has been deprecated, just as it has in NLTK. Use Beautiful Soup’s soup.get_text() method for HTML-cleaning instead.

  • Slight API change to language translation: if from_lang isn’t specified, attempts to detect the language.

  • Add itokenize() method to tokenizers that returns a generator instead of a list of tokens.

0.5.3 (2013-08-21)

  • Unicode fixes: This fixes a bug that sometimes raised a UnicodeEncodeError upon creating accessing sentences for TextBlobs with non-ascii characters.

  • Update NLTK

0.5.2 (2013-08-14)

  • Important patch update for NLTK users: Fix bug with importing TextBlob if local NLTK is installed.

  • Fix bug with computing start and end indices of sentences.

0.5.1 (2013-08-13)

  • Fix bug that disallowed display of non-ascii characters in the Python REPL.

  • Backwards incompatible: Restore blob.json property for backwards compatibility with textblob<=0.3.10. Add a to_json() method that takes the same arguments as json.dumps.

  • Add WordList.append and WordList.extend methods that append Word objects.

0.5.0 (2013-08-10)

  • Language translation and detection API!

  • Add text.sentiments module. Contains the PatternAnalyzer (default implementation) as well as a NaiveBayesAnalyzer.

  • Part-of-speech tags can be accessed via TextBlob.tags or TextBlob.pos_tags.

  • Add polarity and subjectivity helper properties.

0.4.0 (2013-08-05)

  • New text.tokenizers module with WordTokenizer and SentenceTokenizer. Tokenizer instances (from either textblob itself or NLTK) can be passed to TextBlob’s constructor. Tokens are accessed through the new tokens property.

  • New Blobber class for creating TextBlobs that share the same tagger, tokenizer, and np_extractor.

  • Add ngrams method.

  • Backwards-incompatible: TextBlob.json() is now a method, not a property. This allows you to pass arguments (the same that you would pass to json.dumps()).

  • New home for documentation:

  • Add parameter for cleaning HTML markup from text.

  • Minor improvement to word tokenization.

  • Updated NLTK.

  • Fix bug with adding blobs to bytestrings.

0.3.10 (2013-08-02)

  • Bundled NLTK no longer overrides local installation.

  • Fix sentiment analysis of text with non-ascii characters.

0.3.9 (2013-07-31)

  • Updated nltk.

  • ConllExtractor is now Python 3-compatible.

  • Improved sentiment analysis.

  • Blobs are equal (with ==) to their string counterparts.

  • Added instructions to install textblob without nltk bundled.

  • Dropping official 3.1 and 3.2 support.

0.3.8 (2013-07-30)

  • Importing TextBlob is now much faster. This is because the noun phrase parsers are trained only on the first call to noun_phrases (instead of training them every time you import TextBlob).

  • Add text.taggers module which allows user to change which POS tagger implementation to use. Currently supports PatternTagger and NLTKTagger (NLTKTagger only works with Python 2).

  • NPExtractor and Tagger objects can be passed to TextBlob’s constructor.

  • Fix bug with POS-tagger not tagging one-letter words.

  • Rename text/ -> text/

  • Add script.

0.3.7 (2013-07-28)

  • Every word in a Blob or Sentence is a Word instance which has methods for inflection, e.g word.pluralize() and word.singularize().

  • Updated the np_extractor module. Now has an new implementation, ConllExtractor that uses the Conll2000 chunking corpus. Only works on Py2.

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