About the Twitter API

About the Twitter API

The Twitter API can be used to programmatically retrieve and analyze Twitter data, as well as build for the conversation on Twitter.

Over the years, the Twitter API has grown by adding additional levels of access for developers and academic researchers to be able to scale their access to enhance and research the public conversation. 

Recently, we released the Twitter API v2. The Twitter API v2 includes a modern foundation, new and advanced features, and quick onboarding to Essential access. 

The following three tabs explain the different versions and access levels of the Twitter API, what’s new with v2, and which Twitter resources you can retrieve, create, destroy, and adjust using the API. 

Access levels and versions
What's new with v2
Twitter API resources

Twitter API access levels and versions

While the Twitter API v2 is the primary Twitter API, the platform currently supports previous versions (v1.1, Gnip 2.0) as well. We recommend that all users start with v2 as this is where all future innovation will happen. 

The Twitter API v2 includes a few access levels to help you scale your usage on the platform. In general, new accounts can quickly sign up for free, Essential access. Should you want additional access, you may choose to apply for free Elevated access and beyond. 

  Essential Elevated Elevated+
(coming soon)
Academic Research
Getting access More information soon Apply for additional access within the developer portal Need more?
Sign up for our waitlist
Apply for additional access
Access to Twitter API v2 ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Access to standard v1.1 ✔️ (Limited access - only media endpoints) ✔️ ✔️
Access to premium v1.1 ✔️ ✔️
Access to enterprise ✔️ ✔️
Project limits 1 Project 1 Project 1 Project
App limits 1 App per Project 3 Apps per Project 1 App per Project
Tweet caps Retrieve up to 500k Tweets per month Retrieve up to 2 million Tweets per month Retrieve up to 10 million Tweets per month
Filtered stream rule limit 5 rules 25 rules 1000 rules
Filtered stream rule length 512 characters 512 characters 1024 characters
Filtered stream POST rules rate limit 25 requests per 15 minutes 50 requests per 15 minutes 100 requests per 15 minutes
Search Tweets query length 512 characters 512 characters 1024 characters
Access to full-archive search Tweets ✔️
Access to full-archive Tweet counts ✔️
Access to advanced filter operators ✔️
Option to manage a team in the developer portal ✔️ (Requires an organization type account)
Access to the Ads API ✔️ (Requires additional application) ✔️ (Requires additional application)
Authentication methods OAuth 2.0 with PKCE

App only
OAuth 2.0 with PKCE

OAuth 1.0a

App only
OAuth 2.0 with PKCE

OAuth 1.0a

App only

Please note:

If you were approved for a developer account before November 15th, 2021, you were automatically converted to Elevated access. This means that your existing Apps can continue to be used to make requests to standard v1.1, premium v1.1, and enterprise endpoints, and that all of your user Access Tokens are still valid.

If you would like to start using v2 endpoints, you will need to attach an App to a Project and use the credentials from that App when making requests to v2 endpoints. 


Other Twitter API offerings

Enterprise APIs (Formerly Gnip 2.0)

Enterprise-level products that provide access to Twitter’s data, including Full Archive and 30 Day Search APIPowerTrack APIHistorical PowerTrack APIDecahose APIEngagement API, and much more!


Premium v1.1

The premium v1.1 endpoints offer scalable access to Twitter data for those looking to use the Search API, or subscribe to and receive a variety of different user activities using the Account Activity API.


Standard v1.1

The standard v1.1 endpoints were launched in 2012 and enable you to post, interact, and retrieve data for resources such as Tweets, Users, Direct Messages, Lists, Trends, Media, and Places.

Migrate to Twitter API v2

Interested in migrating your current integration to Twitter API v2? Check out our migration hub for resources that will help you understand what is different between v2 and previous versions, including the data formats. You can also access migration guides for each endpoint listed in the new v2 endpoint sections.


What's new with v2

The Twitter API v2 represents the largest upgrade of the Twitter API since 2012. With it comes a host of new and advanced features, as well as fast and free access to the API. 

Some of the features that are available with v2 include the following:

New endpoints

We have released a set of net-new endpoints to Twitter API v2. You can see a full list of v2 endpoints, including those that are new, on our Twitter API endpoint map guide.

Visit the Twitter API endpoint map >

New and more detailed data objects

We've modernized our data objects with a variety off new improvements that will enable you to more easily navigate and parse data.

Visit the data dictionary > 

New parameters to help you retrieve just those objects and fields that you want

We’ve added fields and expansions parameters to our data endpoints that allow you to request related objects and fields beyond those fields that return by default.

Learn how to use fields and expansions >

Advanced metrics

More easily understand the performance of Tweets, users, media, and polls from directly within your payload by requesting both public and private metrics including impressions, video views, user profile, and URL clicks, some of which are separated into an organic and promoted context.

Learn more about metrics >

Filter on and identify which Tweets contain different topics

When using search Tweets or filtered stream, you can now filter by topic using our entity and context operators. We’ve also provided these topics within the Tweet payload to help with analysis. 

Learn more about Tweet annotations >

FIlter on and identify which Tweets belong to a reply thread

Make it easier to identify a Tweet as part of a conversation thread when using search Tweets, filtered stream, and Tweet lookup. We've also added the ability to determine whether conversation reply settings have been set for a Tweet with the Tweet field reply_settings.

Learn more about conversation tracking >

A specific access level for Academic Researchers

This specialized access level for researchers grants free access to full-archive search, full-archive Tweet counts, and other v2 endpoints released to date. It also includes a significantly higher monthly Tweet cap, and enhanced features and functionality to get more precise and complete data for analyzing the public conversation.

Learn more about Academic Research access >


And so much more...

  • High confidence spam filtering
  • Shortened URLs are fully unwound for easier URL analysis
  • Simplified JSON response objects by removing deprecated fields and modernizing labels
  • Recovery and redundancy functionality for our streaming endpoints
  • Return of 100% of matching public and available Tweets in search queries
  • Streaming "rules" so you can make changes without dropping connections
  • More expressive query language for filtered stream and search
  • OpenAPI spec to build new libraries & more transparently track changes
  • API support for new features and endpoints more quickly as our platform evolves to meet the needs of developers, researchers, businesses, and people using Twitter

Twitter API platform resources

In the API design space, a resource is an entity with associated data, relationships to other resources, and a set of methods that operate on it. For example, a Tweet is a resource that you can create, delete, or retrieve using a variety of different tools, such as historically searching for them, or retrieving them in real-time. 

The Twitter API provides access to create, delete, receive, or adjust a variety of different resources on the platform including the following:


Resource Description

Tap into millions of Tweets to understand the public conversation, or create your own to engage with the conversation.

Current availability:

  • Twitter API v2
  • Enterprise
  • Premium v1.1
  • Standard v1.1

Manage or look up Twitter users to analyze networks, understand your audience, or foster positive online relationships.

Current availability:

  • Twitter API v2
  • Enterprise
  • Premium v1.1
  • Standard v1.1

Look up and search Twitter Spaces and their attendees to help people find interesting and relevant audio conversations.

Current availability:

  • Twitter API v2
Direct Messages

Send and receive Direct Messages to triage customer issues, send welcome messages, or create positive human interaction.

Current availability:

  • Standard v1.1

Curate and manage lists of accounts to keep a pulse on industry experts, powerful voices, or organize who you follow.

Current availability:

  • Twitter API v2
  • Standard v1.1

Identify geographic trends first to pinpoint industry movement, discover hot topics, or stay ahead of the latest fad.

Current availability:

  • Standard v1.1

Upload media objects to share your creative energy, create interactive experiences, or build accessibility tools.

Current availability:

  • Standard v1.1

Search for places to understand what’s happening in your neighborhood and around the world.

Current availability:

  • Standard v1.1

Next steps

You can sign up for the Twitter API, or review our Getting access to the Twitter API guide for more details.

We’ve also put together a guide describing how to make your first request to the Twitter API. 

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