Twitter Retweet Bot In Python
Have you ever wanted to create a Twitter Bot but don’t know how to start or create it. Then you have just landed in the best place. I shall break through the entire process of how even a non-programmer can make a Twitter Retweet bot on his own. Trust me it is damn easy. So let’s get started.
Let us first talk about the prerequisites required for both programmers and non-programmers. For non-programmers, you should know how to copy and paste and install the software. You first need to download Python and PIP in your local system and should have at least one text editor(Recommended: VSCode, Sublime). For programmers, you ought to know Python programming. You can brush up on your Python Programming skills with Anime Vyuh Python Tutorials.
Enough talks let us look into the actual procedure to build a Twitter Retweet Bot.
Step-by-Step Guide to Build a Twitter Retweet Bot
1. Create your Twitter Account for Bot
You first must create a new account or use the existing one to create a bot. Once your account is created head directly to Developer Portal and verify your mail.
2. Save API keys
Once your get into the developer portal dashboard generate consumer keys and tokens. Copy the keys in your main program and do not share this with anyone else.
Here is where many go wrong and get Tweepy Error. And you get an error because your Oath1.0 setup is in Read-only permission. You need to change the authentication permission now and be good to go. Here is how you do it.
Go to App setting -> then User authentication settings -> Turn on OAuth 1.0a. And finally, change the permission. Note: Once you change permission regenerate your consumer keys and tokens. Now you have successfully updated the Authentication permission.
3. Time to Code
We have made all the necessary preparations and its finally time to code our Twitter Bot. As mentioned earlier we shall be programming in Python. To access Twitter API you can install the Tweepy library.
Install Tweepy Python library.
pip install tweepy
Tweepy API Basics
Once you have installed the Tweepy Python library you first need to Authenticate to your Twitter account. In order to authenticate you need to paste your API_KEY and API_KEY_SECRET inside the OAuthHandler tweepy method.
#Authenticate by adding consumer key and consumer key secret. auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(API_KEY, API_KEY_SECRET)
API_KEY = "<paste your API key>" API_KEY_SECRET = "<paste your API key secret>" ACCESS_TOKEN = "<paste your ACCESS_TOKEN>" ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET = "<paste your ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET>" auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(API_KEY, API_KEY_SECRET) auth.set_access_token(ACCESS_TOKEN, ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET) api = tweepy.API(auth)
acc = "AnimeVyuh" user = api.get_user(screen_name = acc) print("Anime Vyuh ID:",user.id)
Output: Anime Vyuh ID: 1506615599325233152
Twitter Tweet Bot In Python
Replace the keyword with a name you need the bot to retweet the Tweets.
for tweet in api.search_tweets(q="anime", lang="en",count=60): #tweet 60 tweets every 10 seconds tweet.retweet() sleep(10)
Complete Working Source Code Available on GitHub. For non-programmers here is where you apply your copy-paste skills. Once you have installed Python, download VSCode and add the Python extension. Now open the above GitHub hyperlink. Open the main.py file copy-paste the code and modify the key(second step). Save the file with any name ending with a .py extension. Run the program by clicking the green play button on the top-right of the editor.
For programmers make sure you create a virtual environment before executing the code. You can check this article to know why and how to create a virtual environment:
If you get any sort of error feel free to rise an issue in the Twitter Retweet Bot GitHub repository.
By creating your own Twitter Bot you can indirectly be noticed by a few users. If you get lucky you may target a large audience. Congratulations on your first Twitter Retweet Bot, have a good journey with the bot. In the next article, we shall look into some ways how you can deploy your bot.
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