Twitter API client library for node.js

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Twitter API client library for node.js

node-twitter aims to provide a complete, asynchronous client library for the Twitter API, including the REST, search and streaming endpoints. It was inspired by, and uses some code from, @technoweenie's twitter-node.


You can install node-twitter and its dependencies with npm: npm install twitter.

Getting started

It's early days for node-twitter, so I'm going to assume a fair amount of knowledge for the moment. Better documentation to come as we head towards a stable release.

Setup API (stable)

var util = require('util'),
    twitter = require('twitter');
var twit = new twitter({
    consumer_key: 'STATE YOUR NAME',
    consumer_secret: 'STATE YOUR NAME',
    access_token_key: 'STATE YOUR NAME',
    access_token_secret: 'STATE YOUR NAME'


The format of this depends somewhat on how your routing works, but it should be clear enough.

app.get('/', twit.gatekeeper('/login'), routes.index);
app.get('/login', routes.login);
app.get('/twauth', twit.login());

You'll need to create the routes for index & login. On the login page, you'll want a link like:

<a href="/twauth">Log in with Twitter</a>

Basic OAuth-enticated GET/POST API (stable)

The convenience APIs aren't finished, but you can get started with the basics:

twit.get('/statuses/show/27593302936.json', {include_entities:true}, function(data) {

REST API (unstable, may change)

Note that all functions may be chained:

    .verifyCredentials(function(data) {
    .updateStatus('Test tweet from node-twitter/' + twitter.VERSION,
        function(data) {

Search API (unstable, may change)'nodejs OR #node', function(data) {

Streaming API (stable)

The stream() callback receives a Stream-like EventEmitter:'statuses/sample', function(stream) {
    stream.on('data', function(data) {

node-twitter also supports user, filter and site streams:'user', {track:'nodejs'}, function(stream) {
    stream.on('data', function(data) {
    // Disconnect stream after five seconds
    setTimeout(stream.destroy, 5000);
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