Web Intents provide flows for working with Tweets & Twitter Users: Tweet, Reply, Retweet, Like, and Follow. They make it possible for users to interact with Twitter content in the context of your site, without leaving the page or having to authorize a new app just for the interaction. Web intents are mobile web friendly, include native app handlers on iOS and Android when the Twitter app is installed, and are super easy to implement.

Working with Web Intents

Web Intents are the simplest way to let people Tweet or follow Twitter accounts directly from your site. Web Intents automatically bring a viewer into the best logged-in experience to complete your specified action, including Tweet composers or Twitter profile views inside Twitter for iOS and Twitter for Android apps. If a viewer does not have a Twitter account they will have the opportunity to log in to Twitter or create an account before completing the originally-specified action. Web Intents do not require setting up a Twitter application, storing app credentials, or prompting a viewer for app permissions before posting.

The Twitter for Websites JavaScript will automatically fire appropriate JavaScript events when included on a webpage.

Web Intents cannot be loaded inside an iframe. A Twitter author must view the full webpage before deciding to author a new Tweet or Tweet action pre-populated by your specified Web Intent or follow a specified Twitter account.

Images for Twitter Twitter bird logo blue 16x16 birds, Like action icon hearts for liking, Reply action icon icons for replying & Retweet action icon retweeting are all available on our Image Resources page. Consult our Display Requirements for tips on rendering Tweets and other Twitter resources.

If your audience speaks a language other than English, we recommend you use localized intents. 

Get Started

Web Intents can be invoked flexibly through a light combination of JavaScript and HTML and are meant to be opened in a new window.

The easiest way to use intents is to include the Twitter for Websites JavaScript on any web page you wish to invoke an intent. If you’ve already set up the Tweet button, you’re already prepared for Web Intents.

When combined with standard anchor tags and familiar iconography like the examples below, this JavaScript will automatically open a window of the appropriate size when clicked. You only need to load platform.twitter.com/widgets.js once.

  <script type="text/javascript" async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js"></script>
<a href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?in_reply_to=463440424141459456">Reply</a>
<a href="https://twitter.com/intent/retweet?tweet_id=463440424141459456">Retweet</a>
<a href="https://twitter.com/intent/like?tweet_id=463440424141459456">Like</a>

Meet the Web Intents

Tweet Intents

User Intents

Tweet or Reply to a Tweet

https://twitter.com/intent/tweet

 

View the Tweet Web Intent documentation for more information about the Tweet intent.

Retweet a Tweet

https://twitter.com/intent/retweet

 

Retweets are a powerful way to enable your users to share your content with their followers.

The official icon for retweeting is Retweet action iconOther image resources

Web Intent retweet

Supported Parameters

  • tweet_id

    Every Tweet is identified by an ID. You can find this value from the API or by viewing the permalink page for any Tweet, usually accessible by clicking on the “published at” date of a tweet.

    Usage Examples

    36287294927413248

Like a Tweet

https://twitter.com/intent/like

 

Users like for a variety of reasons: when they love a Tweet, when they want to save it for later, or to offer a signal of thanks. The like intent allows you to provide this Tweet action and follow up with relevant suggested accounts for the user to follow.

The official icon for liking is Like action iconOther image resources

Like web intent example

Supported Parameters

  • tweet_id

    Every Tweet is identified by an ID. You can find this value from the API or by viewing the permalink page for any Tweet, usually accessible by clicking on the timestamp displayed alongside a Tweet.

    Usage Examples

    35782000644194304

Mini-Profile

https://twitter.com/intent/user

 

This Intent provides an unobtrusive way to link names of people, companies, and services to their Twitter accounts. The new tab prominently features the account’s profile picture, bio, recent tweets and an easy-to-use Follow button.

A Twitter bird is an easy way to denote this intent image7More birds & other image resources

Twitter user Web Intent

Supported Parameters

  • screen_name

    Every Twitter user has a screen name, but they are subject to change. We recommend using user_id whenever possible.

    Usage Examples

    biz

  • user_id

    Twitter User IDs are available from the API and uniquely identify a user.

    Usage Examples

    3308337

Follow

https://twitter.com/intent/follow

 

follow Web Intent displays an inline sign in form for logged out users and follows the target Twitter account on successful login.

Localization

You may pass a lang query parameter as part of any web intent to override the language display of a logged-in user or languages accepted by a browser. See Twitter for Websites languages for a list of supported lang values.

Optimization

Limited Dependencies

Some sites may prefer to embed the unobtrusive web intents JavaScript inline or without a dependency to platform.twitter.com. The snippet below will offer the equivalent functionality without the external dependency.

  (function() {
  if (window.__twitterIntentHandler) return;
  var intentRegex = /twitter\.com\/intent\/(\w+)/,
      windowOptions = 'scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,toolbar=no,location=yes',
      width = 550,
      height = 420,
      winHeight = screen.height,
      winWidth = screen.width;

  function handleIntent(e) {
    e = e || window.event;
    var target = e.target || e.srcElement,
        m, left, top;

    while (target && target.nodeName.toLowerCase() !== 'a') {
      target = target.parentNode;
    }

    if (target && target.nodeName.toLowerCase() === 'a' && target.href) {
      m = target.href.match(intentRegex);
      if (m) {
        left = Math.round((winWidth / 2) - (width / 2));
        top = 0;

        if (winHeight > height) {
          top = Math.round((winHeight / 2) - (height / 2));
        }

        window.open(target.href, 'intent', windowOptions + ',width=' + width +
                                           ',height=' + height + ',left=' + left + ',top=' + top);
        e.returnValue = false;
        e.preventDefault && e.preventDefault();
      }
    }
  }

  if (document.addEventListener) {
    document.addEventListener('click', handleIntent, false);
  } else if (document.attachEvent) {
    document.attachEvent('onclick', handleIntent);
  }
  window.__twitterIntentHandler = true;
}());

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