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A Python script to download all the tweets of a hashtag into a csv
import tweepy
import csv
import pandas as pd
####input your credentials here
consumer_key = ''
consumer_secret = ''
access_token = ''
access_token_secret = ''
auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret)
auth.set_access_token(access_token, access_token_secret)
api = tweepy.API(auth,wait_on_rate_limit=True)
#####United Airlines
# Open/Create a file to append data
csvFile = open('ua.csv', 'a')
#Use csv Writer
csvWriter = csv.writer(csvFile)
for tweet in tweepy.Cursor(,q="#unitedAIRLINES",count=100,
print (tweet.created_at, tweet.text)
csvWriter.writerow([tweet.created_at, tweet.text.encode('utf-8')])

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bellegis commented Aug 29, 2017

thank you!


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vitospinelli commented Jan 3, 2018

When I run this script on Python 27 (on a windows 10 machine) nothing happens and no error is returned... can you please help?


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impshum commented Jan 30, 2018

@vitospinelli When you see print(things) not print things wrapped in parentheses you're dealing with python 3. Drop 2 unless you really have to use it. You have 2 years to get used to 3:


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sushovan1 commented Mar 21, 2018

I tried using the same code on 2018-03-21 and was thinking to fetch tweet as old as 2018-02-01 but it was unable to return those many tweets, any idea why?


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streetratonascooter commented Mar 27, 2018

@sushonvan1 the twitter API only lets you go back approximately 2 weeks


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shruti18196 commented May 4, 2018

Thanku very much


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qrnazyhah commented May 10, 2018

i want to fetch tweet as old as 2018-01-01, can you help me please?


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kamalikap commented May 23, 2018

Hi, I want to extract the hashtags from the tweets and store it into a file. is it possible?


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kahiin commented May 24, 2018

Hi, i want to save the tweets that i obtain into an array, is it possible?! thanks


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carlvlewis commented Jun 3, 2018

Running this script w/ Python 3.6, it's working just fine, outputting the data and creating the CSV file, but the CSV file appears empty when I open it. Any ideas?


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4lexLammers commented Jun 11, 2018

Thanks, the script runs fine on Python 3.5.2. I just would add a .encode('utf-8') in the print command on line 22. Otherwise I got an error when printing tweets to the console.


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jculligan commented Jun 13, 2018

How would I go about adding in location(e.g. geo_id or coordinates) and user_id? I've been going through the Tweepy documentation and Twitter API documentation, but can't find any information to add arguments like tweet.text and tweet.created_at.

Update: After some more digging, I managed to find this output of the json file to find which arguments can be called for information:

So, I learned that I can call geo, place, and coordinates (tweet.geo,, tweet.coordinates), but it doesn't appear to do well for historical data. I maybe pulled 3 out of several thousand so far :/

But it's a handy reference for things like or tweet.user.screen_name!

I'm still looking for a way to determine if the tweet is a retweet (tweets I'd like to remove in my analysis), but besides the tweet.text beginning with "b'RT @" or if it is an advertisement (e.g. 'Buy 3 for 2 promotion' kinda thing). If anyone has any advice on those, I'd be greatly appreciative!


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rglukins commented Jun 13, 2018

@carlvlewis I had the same problem initially. I changed line 15 from append ('a') to write ('w') and it works just fine.


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Balajigentela commented Jun 18, 2018

it working fine...but no data is stored in the file....
please help me...


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acapshaw commented Jun 25, 2018

having the same issue, nothing is being stored in csv, csnt seem to find the issue


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chuchovalbuena commented Jun 26, 2018

Thank you so much!


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GabrielDvt commented Jul 16, 2018


I'm geting this error:

File "C:\Users\Gabriel\Desktop\tweet\", line 22, in
print (tweet.created_at, tweet.text)
UnicodeEncodeError: 'UCS-2' codec can't encode characters in position 46-46: Non-BMP character not supported in Tk

Can someone help me?


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ogheneinfinitea commented Jul 20, 2018

hello, pls how do i get the number of times a user posted a tweet using a particular hashtag


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arfkrnwan commented Jul 21, 2018

if I want to add another attribute for streaming results, where I can see the tutorial. thank you


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rogeriocolonna commented Sep 4, 2018

Thank you! Works fine!


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arushiyadav commented Oct 1, 2018

Im getting error
TweepError Traceback (most recent call last)
in ()
19 for tweet in tweepy.Cursor(,q="#indianairways",count=100,
---> 20 lang="en").items():
21 print (tweet.created_at, tweet.text)
22 csvWriter.writerow([tweet.created_at, tweet.text.encode('utf-8')])

~\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\tweepy\ in next(self)
48 def next(self):
---> 49 return
51 def next(self):

~\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\tweepy\ in next(self)
195 if self.current_page is None or self.page_index == len(self.current_page) - 1:
196 # Reached end of current page, get the next page...
--> 197 self.current_page =
198 self.page_index = -1
199 self.page_index += 1

~\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\tweepy\ in next(self)
107 if self.index >= len(self.results) - 1:
--> 108 data = self.method(max_id=self.max_id, parser=RawParser(), *self.args, **self.kargs)
110 if hasattr(self.method, 'self'):

~\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\tweepy\ in _call(*args, **kwargs)
248 return method
249 else:
--> 250 return method.execute()
252 # Set pagination mode

~\AppData\Local\Continuum\anaconda3\lib\site-packages\tweepy\ in execute(self)
232 raise RateLimitError(error_msg, resp)
233 else:
--> 234 raise TweepError(error_msg, resp, api_code=api_error_code)
236 # Parse the response payload

TweepError: Twitter error response: status code = 401
plz help me with this


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navneetkaur08 commented Oct 7, 2018

In line 23, instead of CsvWriter it should be csvFile.

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