Getting Started

Tweepy supports both Twitter API v1.1 and Twitter API v2.

Tweepy’s interface for making requests to Twitter API v1.1 endpoints is API.

Tweepy’s interface for making requests to Twitter API v2 endpoints is Client.


API and Client methods generally return instances of classes that are models of Twitter API objects. Each model instance / object contains the data provided by Twitter’s API that represent that object.

For example, the following code retrieves a User object and assigns it to the variable, user:

# Get the User object that represents the user, @Twitter
user = api.get_user(screen_name="Twitter")

The data for each object can be accessed through its attributes/fields, and some models have helper methods that can be used:

for friend in user.friends():

Twitter API v1.1 models and Twitter API v2 models are documented separately.


import tweepy

auth = tweepy.OAuth1UserHandler(
    consumer_key, consumer_secret, access_token, access_token_secret

api = tweepy.API(auth)

public_tweets = api.home_timeline()
for tweet in public_tweets:

This example uses Twitter API v1.1, by using API, to retrieve the Tweets in your home timeline and print the text of each one to the console.

The consumer key, consumer secret, access token, and access token secret being passed are required to authenticate as a user, using OAuth 1.0a User Context. The Authentication page goes into more detail.

More examples can be found on the Examples page.


Streams utilize Streaming HTTP protocol to deliver data through an open, streaming API connection. Rather than delivering data in batches through repeated requests by your client app, as might be expected from a REST API, a single connection is opened between your app and the API, with new results being sent through that connection whenever new matches occur. This results in a low-latency delivery mechanism that can support very high throughput. For further information, see

The Twitter API v1.1 streaming endpoints, statuses/filter and statuses/sample, have been deprecated and retired.


Stream and AsyncStream were deprecated in v4.13 and removed with v4.14.

StreamingClient allows filtering and sampling of realtime Tweets using Twitter API v2.

The Streaming page goes into more detail.