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SNSPY is a stand-alone Python script which provides

  • OAuth2.0 authentication
  • API calling wrapper

for any social network providers.

Developed and mantained by Michael Liao. Please feel free to report bugs and your suggestions at here.


OAuth 2 is a protocol focuses on client developer simplicity while providing specific authorization flows for web applications.

There are many social networks provides OAuth 2 authentication and APIs, and snspy is a simple API wrapper for any social network such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo, etc.

snspy provides a unique API interface for developers and difference of each social network APIs are handled by its mixin.

Basic Usage

You need to register your OAuth 2 application on the social network you choose:

Tweeter Facebook LinkedIn Sina Weibo QQ Connect

After setting up your account and registering for an application, you will receive YOUR_APP_KEY and YOUR_APP_SECRET. Together with YOUR_CALLBACK_URL, these are the environment variables required by snspy. And you can create the APIClient now:

from snspy import APIClient
from snspy import TwitterMixin      # suppose you are using Twitter

APP_KEY = 'YOUR_APP_KEY'            # app key
APP_SECRET = 'YOUR_APP_SECRET'      # app secret

client = APIClient(TwitterMixin, app_key=APP_KEY, app_secret=APP_SECRET, redirect_uri=CALLBACK_URL)

Put on your website a link which redirect the user to the following authorization URL:

url = client.get_authorize_url()    # redirect the user to 'url'

After granting the privileges, the user will be redirected to YOUR_CALLBACK_URL, with parameter code=SOME_CODE attached. Then you need to get the access token using this SOME_CODE.

r = client.request_access_token(SOME_CODE)
access_token = r.access_token  # access token,e.g., abc123xyz456
expires = r.expires      # token expires time, UNIX timestamp, e.g., 1384826449.252 (10:01 am, 19 Nov 2013, UTC+8:00)
NOTE: you should store the access_token for later use.

After got access token you can init the APIClient any time:

client = APIClient(TwitterMixin,
                   app_key=APP_KEY, app_secret=APP_SECRET, redirect_uri=CALLBACK_URL,
                   access_token=YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN, expires=EXPIRES_TIME)

Then, you are free to call whatever API you like. For example,

print client.statuses.user_timeline.get()
print'test plain weibo')
print'test weibo with picture',

How to call a particular API

Firstly, refer to the corresponding API document. Use user_timeline as an example:


HTTP Request Method:

Request Parameters:
source:       string, This parameter is not needed when using OAuth. The value
                      of this parameter is the AppKey.
access_token: string, This parameter is required when using OAuth.You will get
                      the access_token after oauth authorization. 
uid:          int64,  Return the weibos of specified ID of a user. 
screen_name:  string, The nickname of the user that ID is specified. 

Substitute / in the API with ., and call get() or post() according to the request method with all the necessary parameters excluding source and access_token.

r = client.statuses.user_timeline.get(uid=SOME_ID)
for st in r.statuses:
    print st.text

If the request method is POST, then it should be something like the following:

r ='test weibo')

And, as for uploading pictures:

f = open('/Users/michael/test.png', 'rb')
r ='test weibo with picture', pic=f)
f.close()  # you need to do this manually

Please notice that what is uploaded must be a file-like object. str can be wrapped using StringIO.


For more information, please refer to the wiki.

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