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Python Tweepy – Getting the number of friends of a user

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  • Last Updated : 21 Jun, 2020
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In this article we will see how we can get the number of friends of a user. A friend is an account which the user is following. The friends_count attribute provides us with and integer donating the number of friends the user account has.

Identifying the number of friends in the GUI :

In the above mentioned profile the number of friends are : 11

In order to get the number of friends we have to do the following :

  1. Identify the user ID or the screen name of the profile.
  2. Get the User object of the profile using the get_user() method with the user ID or the screen name.
  3. From this object, fetch the friends_count attribute present in it.

Example 1: Consider the following profile :

We will use the user ID to fetch the user. The user ID of the above mentioned profile is 57741058.




# 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 user
id = 57741058
  
# fetching the user
user = api.get_user(id)
  
# fetching the friends_count
friends_count = user.friends_count
  
print("The number of friends of the user are : " + str(friends_count))

Output :

The number of friends of the user are : 11

Example 2: Consider the following profile :

We will use the screen name to fetch the user. The screen name of the above mentioned profile is PracticeGfG.




# the screen name of the user
screen_name = "PracticeGfG"
  
# fetching the user
user = api.get_user(screen_name)
  
# fetching the friends_count
friends_count = user.friends_count
  
print("The number of friends of the user are : " + str(friends_count))

Output :

The number of friends of the user are : 5

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