Crawling twitter in Python


Keywords
twitter, python, crawler, web-scraping, advanced search
License
MIT
Install
pip install gotchatwitter==0.1.16

Documentation

GotchaTwitter

A python twitter crawler.

  • Support on crawling timeline for a target user [in a certain date range].
  • Developing Support on crawling threads.
  • Warning Using TwitterAPI to get user information with uid/screen_name is much faster and safer than web-scraping method.

Dependencies

  • bs4 Beautifulsoup
  • lxml Html parser for beautifulsoup (has special installation method on Amazon EC2)
  • tqdm Progress bar in terminal
  • requestsplus Self-modified requests package with max retries and sleeping time between requests
  • pushbullet.py (optional) Notifier when crawling is finished.

Example

input = [<screen_name_1>, <screen_name_2>]
access_token = <pushbullet_token>
output_fp = <filepath you want to save>
with GotchaTwitter('timeline', input, output_fp) as gt:
    gt = gt.set_output(save_mode='w', has_header=True) \
        .set_notifier('pushbullet', access_token=access_token)
    gt.crawl()

Notifier Setting

PushBullet

  1. Register a PushBullet account and create an access token in your account setting.
  2. Download and install Pushbullet app on your device (iOS tested).

Install lxml on Amazon Linux AMI (2016.03.3)

sudo yum install libxml2-devel libxslt-devel python-devel gcc
sudo pip install --upgrade setuptools
sudo /usr/local/bin/easy_install lxml