Get twitter follower count in php

Twitter API 1.0 is deprecated and is no longer active. With the REST 1.1 API, you need oAuth authentication to retrieve data from Twitter.

require_once( 'TwitterAPIExchange.php' ); //get it from

/** Set access tokens here - see: **/
$settings = array(
	'oauth_access_token' 		=> "YOUR_OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN",
	'oauth_access_token_secret' => "YOUR_OAUTH_ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET",
	'consumer_key' 				=> "YOUR_CONSUMER_KEY",
	'consumer_secret' 			=> "YOUR_CONSUMER_SECRET"

$ta_url = '';
$getfield = '?screen_name=SwatantraKumar'; //'?screen_name=REPLACE_ME';
$requestMethod = 'GET';
$twitter = new TwitterAPIExchange( $settings );
$follow_count = $twitter->setGetfield( $getfield )
						->buildOauth( $ta_url, $requestMethod )
$data = json_decode( $follow_count, true );
$followers_count = $data[0]['user']['followers_count'];
echo $followers_count;

Parsing the XML

$xml = new SimpleXMLElement( urlencode( strip_tags( '' ) ), null, true );
echo "Follower count: ".$xml->followers_count;
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One thought on “Get twitter follower count in php”

  1. Hello,

    I’m new with php and I would like to ask in which files do I have to add the code above.

    Thanks for your help

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