It ‘s quite simple to create a Twitter API PHP script what can post to twitter auto without too much work. In this tutorial I will show you step by step doing it.

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Step 1 – Register your application to use Twitter API

You can register new application here http://dev.twitter.com/apps/new . Please notice that you need to log in to Twitter at the start of the Application registration process. The account that you’re logging in to, is naturally also the twitter account that you’re application can post tweets to.

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Filling in the form is pretty straightforward.

The only special requirement for our purpose is set Default Access type to “Read & write”, so your application is allowed to post tweets to twitter

Step 2 – Consumer secret and Consumer key for Twitter API

When your application is registered by Twitter, you also have all the required keys for your script.

You find the consumer keys here:

View Your Applications -> Edit Details

The consumer keys can be found at the last part of the page

Step 3 – Access token and Access token secret for Twitter API

You find the Access token and Access token secret by clicking on the “My Access token” link in the right menu.

When you have the four keys/tokens:

  • Consumer secret
  • Consumer key
  • Access token
  • Access token secret
  • You’re ready to proceed

Step 4 – Twitter OAuth class in Twitter API

To connect to twitter using OAuth we’ll be using the brilliant Abraham Twitter OAuth class. The Abraham twitter OAuth class has a lot of overhead enabling more advanced authentication than is required for this script. You only need the two files “OAuth.php” and “twitteroauth.php”.

You can download 2 files here: http://tips4php.net/docs/twitteroauth.zip

When you have downloaded the files, and uploaded them on your server, you’re ready for the last step

Step 5 – Post to twitter script api

Having the required access tokens, keys and the Twitter OAuth class, it’s a piece of cake to build a script that posts messages to twitter.

You just need to insert the required keys and the path to the twitteroauth.php file in the script below, and then you’re up and running.

Conclusion

The process for getting this script up and running might be a little complex, but you only have to go through the process once, and then you have a very simple to use script for sending tweets to twitter from a PHP script.

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