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Python – API.retweets() in Tweepy

  • Last Updated : 05 Jun, 2020

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.


The API.retweets() method of the API class in Tweepy module is used to return a list of retweets of a tweet.

Syntax : API.retweets(parameters)

Parameters :

  • id : The ID of the tweet which has to be retweeted.
  • count : The number of retweets to be retrieved.

Returns : a list of objects of the class Status

Example 1 : List of users who retweeted the following tweet :

# 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)
# the ID of the tweet
ID = 1265889240300257280
# getting the retweeters
retweets_list = api.retweets(ID)
# printing the screen names of the retweeters
for retweet in retweets_list:

Output :


strong>Example 2 : Using the retweets() method with count parameter to only fetch a certain number of retweets. Print the screen names of only 3 retweeters of the following tweet :

# the ID of the tweet
ID = 1263387365051183107
# number to retweets to be retrieved
count = 3
# getting the retweeters
retweets_list = api.retweets(ID, count)
# printing the screen names of the retweeters
for retweet in retweets_list:

Output :


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