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A Python 3.7+ implementation of the Twitch Helix API, its Webhook, PubSub and EventSub

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Python Twitch API

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This is a full implementation of the Twitch API, its Webhook and PubSub in python 3.7.


Install using pip:

pip install twitchAPI

Documentation and Support

A full API documentation can be found on

For support please join the Twitch API discord server


Basic API calls

Setting up a Instance of the Twitch API and get your User ID:

from twitchAPI.twitch import Twitch

# create instance of twitch API and create app authentication
twitch = Twitch('my_app_id', 'my_app_secret')

# get ID of user
user_info = twitch.get_users(logins=['my_username'])
user_id = user_info['data'][0]['id']


The Twitch API knows 2 different authentications. App and User Authentication. Which one you need (or if one at all) depends on what calls you want to use.

It's always good to get at least App authentication even for calls where you don't need it since the rate limits are way better for authenticated calls.

Please read the docs for more details and examples on how to set and use Authentication!

App Authentication

App authentication is super simple, just do the following:

from twitchAPI.twitch import Twitch
twitch = Twitch('my_app_id', 'my_app_secret')

User Authentication

To get a user auth token, the user has to explicitly click "Authorize" on the twitch website. You can use various online services to generate a token or use my build in Authenticator. For my Authenticator you have to add the following URL as a "OAuth Redirect URL": http://localhost:17563 You can set that here in your twitch dev dashboard.

from twitchAPI.twitch import Twitch
from twitchAPI.oauth import UserAuthenticator
from twitchAPI.types import AuthScope

twitch = Twitch('my_app_id', 'my_app_secret')

target_scope = [AuthScope.BITS_READ]
auth = UserAuthenticator(twitch, target_scope, force_verify=False)
# this will open your default browser and prompt you with the twitch verification website
token, refresh_token = auth.authenticate()
# add User authentication
twitch.set_user_authentication(token, target_scope, refresh_token)

You can reuse this token and use the refresh_token to renew it:

from twitchAPI.oauth import refresh_access_token
new_token, new_refresh_token = refresh_access_token('refresh_token', 'client_id', 'client_secret')

AuthToken refresh callback

Optionally you can set a callback for both user access token refresh and app access token refresh.

from twitchAPI.twitch import Twitch

def user_refresh(token: str, refresh_token: str):
    print(f'my new user token is: {token}')

def app_refresh(token: str):
    print(f'my new app token is: {token}')

twitch = Twitch('my_app_id', 'my_app_secret')
twitch.app_auth_refresh_callback = app_refresh
twitch.user_auth_refresh_callback = user_refresh


See for a full example usage.

A more detailed documentation can be found here on readthedocs.


You need to have a public IP with a port open. That port will be 80 by default. Authentication is off by default, but you can choose to authenticate to use some Webhook Topics or to get more information.
Please note that Your Endpoint URL has to be HTTPS if you choose to authenticate which means that you probably need a reverse proxy like nginx.

Start Webhook

Example on how to set up a webhook and start it:

from twitchAPI.twitch import Twitch
from twitchAPI.webhook import TwitchWebHook

twitch = Twitch('my_app_id', 'my_app_secret')
# add App authentication

# Note that you have to use https as soon as you use functions that require authentication (most of them)
hook = TwitchWebHook("", 'your app id', 8080)
# some hooks dont require any authentication, which would remove the requirement to set up a https reverse proxy
# if you dont require authentication just dont call authenticate()

Subscribing to Webhook Topics

Define a callback function and subscribe to a event:

from uuid import UUID
from pprint import pprint

def callback_user_changed(uuid: UUID, data: dict) -> None:
    print(f'Callback for UUID {str(uuid)}')

success, sub_uuid = hook.subscribe_user_changed(user_id, callback_user_changed)

The subscription function returns a UUID that identifies this subscription. This means you can use the same callback function for multiple subscriptions.


To unsubscribe, just use that UUID from the subscription:

success = hook.unsubscribe_user_changed(sub_uuid)

Stopping the Webhook

Stopping the webhook:


Unsubscribing from any remaining active Webhook topic

Should your management of webhook subscriptions fail (due to a crash or something else) and there is a active webhook remaining after your program closed, you may use the following:


The parameter is a twitchAPI.twitch.Twitch instance with app authentication.


PubSub enables you to subscribe to a topic, for updates (e.g., when a user cheers in a channel).

A more detailed documentation can be found here on readthedocs

from twitchAPI.pubsub import PubSub
from twitchAPI.twitch import Twitch
from twitchAPI.types import AuthScope
from pprint import pprint
from uuid import UUID

def callback_whisper(uuid: UUID, data: dict) -> None:
    print('got callback for UUID ' + str(uuid))

# setting up Authentication and getting your user id
twitch = Twitch('my_app_id', 'my_app_secret')
twitch.set_user_authentication('my_user_auth_token', [AuthScope.WHISPERS_READ], 'my_user_auth_refresh_token')
user_id = twitch.get_users(logins=['my_username'])['data'][0]['id']

# starting up PubSub
pubsub = PubSub(twitch)
# you can either start listening before or after you started pubsub.
uuid = pubsub.listen_whispers(user_id, callback_whisper)
input('press ENTER to close...')
# you do not need to unlisten to topics before stopping but you can listen and unlisten at any moment you want

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