15 May 2016
It is straight forward to obtain the configuration using tweepy. After creating a tweepy.API instance the configuration can be retrieved by calling the
tweepy.API.configuration() method. However, the configuration will need to be stored since twitter recommends obtaining it only once a day. If you have a long running process then the configuration could be stored in memory. However, if the process runs periodically the data will need to be persisted. In the example below, I chose to store the data in a pickle file. I saved the entire configuration because it is simpler to store everything rather than picking out the t.co length values.
import pickle import tweepy consumer_key = 'XXX' consumer_secret = 'XXX' access_token = 'XXX' access_token_secret = 'XXX' auth = tweepy.OAuthHandler(consumer_key, consumer_secret) auth.set_access_token(access_token, access_token_secret) api = tweepy.API(auth) config = api.configuration() with open('config.pickle', 'wb') as f: pickle.dump(config, f)
To get the t.co lengths, it is just a matter of reading the pickle file and accessing the t.co length keys.
import pickle with open('config.pickle', 'rb') as f: data = pickle.load(f) print("short url length: ", data['short_url_length']) print("https url length: ", data['short_url_length_https'])