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Twitter Stream Reader

Opens a file or connects to the Twitter streaming API, and converts it to a standard JSON format, very similar to the standard Twitter API JSON format. This can be used for development or in a production environment, and allows the case code to be used for both experimental and live testing.


This requires the following packages:


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Required packages can be installed using go get packagepath

Required packages can be installed using go get packagepath



Twitter Stream Reader can be installed using a number of methods.

The easiest method is to simply run main.go using the go run command: go run main.go

To build the application binary, go build can be used:

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go build

run `go build`


This will generate the binary in your current directory.


The stream reader has 2 modes: - File Mode: Opens and reads a file, simulating the Twitter gardenhose for testing and development. - Live Mode: Using a set of specified keys, connect to the Twitter steaming API and read the gardenhose.


-ck= Consumer Key -cs= Consumer Secret -os= OAuthTokenSecret -ot= OAuth Token

-if= Input File to read from for File Mode

-port= (Optional) Port to listen on which other applications can connect to. Optional. Default: 8053

Live Mode Example

Note You will need to generate OAuth keys by visiting

go run main.go -ck=consumerKey -cs=consumerSecret -ot=OAuthToken -os=OAuthTokenSecret

File Mode Example

The file should contain valid JSON, with one Tweet per line. The stream reader will read this file, parse any JSON, and output it in the same format used the Streaming API. In this example, we also use port 85632 rather than the default port or 8053.

go run main.go -if=/home/james/tweets.json -port=85632