Python – API.get_user() in Tweepy

Twitter is a popular social network where users share messages called tweets. Twitter allows us to mine the data of any user using Twitter API or Tweepy. The data will be tweets extracted from the user. The first thing to do is get the consumer key, consumer secret, access key and access secret from twitter developer available easily for each user. These keys will help the API for authentication.

get_user()

The get_user() method of the API class in Tweepy module is used to get the information of the specified user.

Syntax : API.get_user(id / user_id / screen_name)

Parameter : Only use one of the 3 options:
id : specifies the ID or the screen name of the user
user_id : specifies the ID of the user, useful to differentiate accounts when a valid user ID is also a valid screen name
screen_name : specifies the screen name of the user, useful to differentiate accounts when a valid screen name is also a user ID

Returns : an object of the class User



Example 1 :

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# import the module
import tweepy
  
# assign the values accordingly
consumer_key = ""
consumer_secret = ""
access_token = ""
access_token_secret = ""
  
# authorization of consumer key and consumer secret
auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret)
  
# set access to user's access key and access secret 
auth.set_access_token(access_token, access_token_secret)
  
# calling the api 
api = tweepy.API(auth)
  
# using get_user with id
_id = "103770785"
user = api.get_user(_id)
  
# printing the name of the user
print("The id " + _id +
      " corresponds to the user with the name : " +
      user.name)

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Output :

The id 103770785 corresponds to the user with the name : Twitter India

Example 2 : Sometimes the user_id and the screen_name of 2 different users might be the same, so we need to explicitly mention either the user_id or the screen_name.

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# using get_user with user_id
user_id = "57741058"
user = api.get_user(user_id)
  
# printing the name of the user
print("The user id " + user_id +
      " corresponds to the user with the name : " +
      user.name)
  
# using get_user with screen_name
screen_name = "geeksforgeeks"
user = api.get_user(screen_name)
  
# printing the name of the user
print("\nThe screen name " + screen_name +
      " corresponds to the user with the name : " +
      user.name)

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Output :

The user id 57741058 corresponds to the user with the name : GeeksforGeeks

The screen name geeksforgeeks corresponds to the user with the name : GeeksforGeeks

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