Sunday, April 21, 2013

Twitter with OAuth - Download Tweets and Email

I have found that I can receive alerts of security advisories on Twitter quicker than going to news sites.  So I started looking into building a python app to authenticate, download the last 20 tweets, and then send through an email the tweet based on the keyword identified.

To setup python for this:
apt-get install python-pip
pip install tweepy
pip install oauth
pip install oauth-python-twitter

I also had to log into the development side of Twitter and create an application and approve it for authentication to get the keys and secrets.  Then the following python script came about:

#!/usr/bin/env python

import sys
import string
import tweepy
import smtplib

# Twitter account information
CONSUMER_KEY = 'xxxxx'
ACCESS_KEY = 'xxxxx'

# Gmail Access for the sending of an email
server = smtplib.SMTP("", 587)
server.login('', 'password')

auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(CONSUMER_KEY, CONSUMER_SECRET)
auth.set_access_token(ACCESS_KEY, ACCESS_SECRET)
api = tweepy.API(auth)

info = api.home_timeline()
for i in info:
    if "keyword" in i.text:

                infoString = i.text
                server.sendmail("fromemail", "toemail", infoString)

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