Convert Tweepy Status object into JSON

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Convert Tweepy Status object into JSON

I’m using Tweepy to download tweets. I have a program that then writes the actual Status object to a file in text form. How do I translate this into JSON, or import this object back into Python? I’ve tried using the JSON library to encode, but Status is not JSON serializable.

Asked By: KOM


Answer #1:

The Status object of tweepy itself is not JSON serializable, but it has a _json property which contains JSON serializable response data. For example:

>>> status_list = api.user_timeline(user_handler)
>>> status = status_list[0]
>>> json_str = json.dumps(status._json)
Answered By: taskinoor

Answer #2:

A better way to do this is to use a tweepy parser. It’s not documented very well – see the Tweepy API reference – but it’s a public API, so much safer than using the _json property.

import tweepy
auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(CONSUMER_KEY, CONSUMER_SECRET)
auth.set_access_token(ACCESS_TOKEN, ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET)
api = tweepy.API(auth, parser=tweepy.parsers.JSONParser())
status = api.user_timeline(user=username, count=1)[0]

status is now a json object.

Answered By: Greg

Answer #3:

users = api.search_users('TimHortons', 1)

Use json.dumps(users[0]._json) if object has _json. Users was only an example.

Answered By: Belloz

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