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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Twitter API 1.0 is deprecated and is no longer active.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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By Swatantra Kumar

Swatantra is an Open Source evangelist, a technologist and researcher. Professionally, he does software development, software architecture, server administration and project management. When he's not writing software, he enjoys building web entities and servers, reading about and working with new technologies, and trying to get his friends to make the move to open source software. He's written, co-written and published many articles in international journals, on various domains/topics including Open Source, Networks, Computer Organization, Mobile Technologies, and Business Intelligence. He made a proposal for an information management system at University level during graduation days.

One reply on “Get twitter follower count in php”


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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