How to Use Twitter API with PHP

Twitter is an information network and communication mechanism that produces more than 200 million tweets a day. The Twitter platform offers API’s to access their data. Each API represents a facet of Twitter, and allows developers to build upon and extend their applications in new and creative ways. So using their you can built your custom app, J7mbo has developed a quick api access in PHP so that you can easily send GET and POST to Twitter and get latest tweet, treading topic etc.
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Integrate Twitter API With PHP

Follow below steps by step tutorial to integrate Twitter API With PHP in simple way.

Step.1: Download TwitterAPIExchange.php class form here.

Step.2: Include the class in your PHP code.

require_once('TwitterAPIExchange.php');

Step.3: Create a twitter app on the twitter developer site and Enable read/write access for your twitter app.

Step.4: Grab your access tokens, access token secret, consumer_key and consumer_secret from the twitter developer site and place in your api settings to authenticate your request.

$settings = array(
    'oauth_access_token' => "YOUR_OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN",
    'oauth_access_token_secret' => "YOUR_OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET",
    'consumer_key' => "YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY",
    'consumer_secret' => "YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET"
);




Step.5: Choose URL and Request Method. Then Perform the request!
Example for POST/PUT request

$url = 'https://api.twitter.com/1.1/blocks/create.json';
$requestMethod = 'POST';
$postfields = array(
    'screen_name' => 'usernameToBlock', 
    'skip_status' => '1'
);
 
$twitter = new TwitterAPIExchange($settings);
echo $twitter->buildOauth($url, $requestMethod)
    ->setPostfields($postfields)
    ->performRequest();

GET Request Example
Set the GET field BEFORE calling buildOauth(); and everything else is the same:

$url = 'https://api.twitter.com/1.1/followers/ids.json';
$getfield = '?screen_name=J7mbo';
$requestMethod = 'GET';
 
$twitter = new TwitterAPIExchange($settings);
echo $twitter->setGetfield($getfield)
    ->buildOauth($url, $requestMethod)
    ->performRequest();

By using above method I created a simple program to get live trending topic in INDIA.

<?php
ini_set('display_errors', 1);
require_once('TwitterAPIExchange.php');
 
/** Set access tokens here - see: https://dev.twitter.com/apps/ **/
$settings = array(
    'oauth_access_token' => "YOUR_OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN",
    'oauth_access_token_secret' => "YOUR_OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET",
    'consumer_key' => "YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY",
    'consumer_secret' => "YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET"
);
 
$url = 'https://api.twitter.com/1.1/trends/place.json';
 
$getfield = '?id=23424848';
$requestMethod = 'GET';
$twitter = new TwitterAPIExchange($settings);
echo $result = $twitter->setGetfield($getfield)
             ->buildOauth($url, $requestMethod)
             ->performRequest();

See live demo and download source code.

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2 Replies to “How to Use Twitter API with PHP”

  1. how to exclude retweets ?im struggling to exclude retweets since so many days.please help me out.
    thanks in advance

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