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Alternative viewer for tweets in a Twitter data export
#!/usr/bin/env python3
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
"""A simple script to preview the text of tweets in tweet.js from a Twitter
Accepts Zip files fresh from Twitter or extracted tweet.js files as input.
# Prevent Python 2.x PyLint from complaining if run on this
from __future__ import (absolute_import, division, print_function,
with_statement, unicode_literals)
__author__ = "Stephan Sokolow (deitarion/SSokolow)"
__appname__ = "Quick Twitter dump viewer hack"
__version__ = "0.1"
__license__ = "MIT"
import html, json, logging, os, re, textwrap, zipfile
log = logging.getLogger(__name__)
# The text that, in my experiments, was all that was preventing tweet.js from
# being valid JSON
JS_PREFIX = "window.YTD.tweet.part0 = "
# Borrowed from my
# TODO: Look up the actual rules Twitter applies when encountering URLs
# interacting with things like parens.
hyperlinkable_url_re = re.compile(
# Retrieve the width to word-wrap to
cols = int(os.environ.get('COLUMNS', '<nothing>'))
except ValueError:
cols = 80
# Simple indenting and word-wrapping for
wrapper_l1 = textwrap.TextWrapper(width=cols,
initial_indent='* ', subsequent_indent=' ' * 2)
wrapper_l2 = textwrap.TextWrapper(width=cols,
initial_indent=' ' * 4 + '* ', subsequent_indent=' ' * 6)
def load_tweet_json(path):
"""Load tweet data from a Twitter dump zip file or bare tweet.js"""
if zipfile.is_zipfile(path):
zobj = zipfile.ZipFile(path)
with'data/tweet.js') as fobj:
data ='utf8')
with open(path) as fobj:
data =
if data.startswith(JS_PREFIX):
data = data[len(JS_PREFIX):]
return json.loads(data)
def make_tags_re(tag_list):
"""Make a regular expression that matches any of the given hashtags
Strings containing spaces will be treated as lists of tags.
Tag names will leading and trailing whitespace stripped and will
have # prepended if not already present.
# Simplify calling this by allowing input to be empty
if not tag_list:
return None
# Normalize whitespace use
# (Turn boundaries between entries into spaces, strip leading and trailing
# spaces on the string as a whole to avoid empty entries, then re-split,
# treating each span of arbitrary whitespace as one split)
tag_list = ' '.join(tag_list).strip().split()
# Prepend # conditionally since I don't know whether Twitter considers
# something like ##foo to be distinct from #foo
prepared_tags = []
for tag in tag_list:
tag = tag.strip()
if not tag.startswith('#'):
tag = '#' + tag
# Escape each hashtag and construct a regex string that will match any
# tag surrounded by whitespace, string start/end, or word boundary
re_str = r'(^|\b|\s)({})($|\b|\s)'.format('|'.join(
re.escape(x) for x in prepared_tags))
# Compile and return the regex
return re.compile(re_str)
def process_arg(path, skip_replies=False, skipped_tags=None):
"""Pretty-print the tweets in the given file"""
data = load_tweet_json(path)
for entry in data:
if 'tweet' in entry:
tweet = entry['tweet']
text = tweet['full_text']
# Pre-compute lookup for shortened->full URL mappings
url_map = {x['url']: x['expanded_url']
for x in tweet.get('entities', {}).get('urls', [])}
def find_full_url(match_obj):
"""Regex replacement function to resolve shortened URLs.
Implemented as a closure for simplicity.
# Fall back to just passing the shortened URL through
# (And silence PyLint being too stupid to recognize that
# all *use* sites are within the same loop body's scope)
# pylint: disable=cell-var-from-loop
short_url =
return url_map.get(short_url, short_url)
if skipped_tags and
# Since Twitter doesn't allow HTML tags in tweets, just unescape
# entities and call it done
# TODO: Check what Twitter does to URLs, to verify that this
# shouldn't be *after* the un-shortening
text = html.unescape(text)
# Un-shorten URLs
text = hyperlinkable_url_re.sub(find_full_url, text)
# Indent reply tweets
if 'in_reply_to_screen_name' in tweet:
if not skip_replies:
def main():
"""The main entry point, compatible with setuptools entry points."""
from argparse import ArgumentParser, RawDescriptionHelpFormatter
parser = ArgumentParser(formatter_class=RawDescriptionHelpFormatter,
description=__doc__.replace('\r\n', '\n').split('\n--snip--\n')[0])
parser.add_argument('--version', action='version',
version="%%(prog)s v%s" % __version__)
# parser.add_argument('-v', '--verbose', action="count",
# default=2, help="Increase the verbosity. Use twice for extra effect")
# parser.add_argument('-q', '--quiet', action="count",
# default=0, help="Decrease the verbosity. Use twice for extra effect")
parser.add_argument('path', action="store", nargs="+",
help="Dump file(s) to display")
parser.add_argument('--skip-hashtags', action='append',
help="Omit tweets containing any of the given hashtags. Will "
"automatically add the # character if missing. Values will be "
"concatenated if given multiple times.")
parser.add_argument('--skip-replies', action='store_true', default=False,
help="Omit replies from the output.")
args = parser.parse_args()
# Set up clean logging to stderr
# log_levels = [logging.CRITICAL, logging.ERROR, logging.WARNING,
# logging.INFO, logging.DEBUG]
# args.verbose = min(args.verbose - args.quiet, len(log_levels) - 1)
# args.verbose = max(args.verbose, 0)
# logging.basicConfig(level=log_levels[args.verbose],
# format='%(levelname)s: %(message)s')
for path in args.path:
if __name__ == '__main__':
# vim: set sw=4 sts=4 expandtab :
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