Tweeting from PHP

Fabien Potencier

June 14, 2009

Twitter is everywhere nowadays. Odds are eventually you will want to tweet from PHP. No need to use one of the numerous PHP Twitter libraries, as tweeting is as simple as using the PHP built-in file_get_contents() function:

function tweet($message, $username, $password)
  $context = stream_context_create(array(
    'http' => array(
      'method'  => 'POST',
      'header'  => sprintf("Authorization: Basic %s\r\n", base64_encode($username.':'.$password)).
                   "Content-type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n",
      'content' => http_build_query(array('status' => $message)),
      'timeout' => 5,
  $ret = file_get_contents('', false, $context);

  return false !== $ret;

Pretty easy, no? Using the tweet() function is of course a piece of cake:

tweet('From PHP, yeah...', 'fabpot', 'Pa$$');

As an added bonus, the function returns true if everything went fine, or false otherwise.

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