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Python PRAW – Getting the parent ID of a comment in Reddit

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  • Last Updated : 26 Jun, 2020
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In Reddit, we can post a comment to any submission, we can also comment on a comment to create a thread of comments. Here we will see how to fetch the parent ID of a comment using PRAW. We will be using the is_submitter attribute of the Comment class to fetch the parent ID of a comment. If the comment is top-level then the ID of the submission is fetched with the prefix “t3_”, and if the comment has a parent comment then the ID of the parent comment is fetched with the prefic “t1_”.

Example 1 : Consider the following comment :

The ID of the comment is : fvib7aw




# importing the module
import praw
  
# initialize with appropriate values
client_id = ""
client_secret = ""
username = ""
password = ""
user_agent = ""
  
# creating an authorized reddit instance
reddit = praw.Reddit(client_id = client_id, 
                     client_secret = client_secret, 
                     username = username, 
                     password = password,
                     user_agent = user_agent) 
  
# the ID of the comment
comment_id = "fvib7aw"
  
# instantiating the Comment class
comment = reddit.comment(comment_id)
  
# fetching the parent_id attribute
parent_id = comment.parent_id 
  
print("The parent ID of the comment is : " + parent_id)

Output :

The parent ID of the comment is : t3_hczt0c

Example 2 : Consider the following comment:

The ID of the comment is : fv9qvgo




# importing the module
import praw 
  
# initialize with appropriate values
client_id = ""
client_secret = ""
username = ""
password = ""
user_agent = ""
  
# creating an authorized reddit instance
reddit = praw.Reddit(client_id = client_id, 
                     client_secret = client_secret, 
                     username = username, 
                     password = password,
                     user_agent = user_agent) 
  
# the ID of the comment
comment_id = "fv9qvgo"
  
# instantiating the Comment class
comment = reddit.comment(comment_id)
  
# fetching the parent_id attribute
parent_id = comment.parent_id 
  
print("The parent ID of the comment is : " + parent_id)

Output :

The parent ID of the comment is : t1_fv97c8n

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