A PHP library to get social networks feeds and merge them

v4.0.0 2022-01-21 17:31 UTC


A PHP library to rule social-feeds, to entangle them with magic, a PHP library to gather them and bind them in darkness

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Use standalone Docker server

docker pull rezozero/mixedfeed

docker run -p 8080:80 \
    -e MF_FACEBOOK_PAGE_ID="xxx" \
    -e MF_INSTAGRAM_USER_ID="xxx" \
    -e MF_CACHE_PROVIDER="apcu" \
    -e MF_FEED_LENGTH="30" \

or use docker-compose: copy docker-compose.yml to docker-compose.test.yml and fill your provider credentials in it. Then execute docker-compose -f docker-compose.test.yml up -d --force-recreate, Mixedfeed will be available at http://localhost:8080

Available environment variables

Name Default value Multiple? (comma separated)
MF_FACEBOOK_FIELDS from,link,picture,full_picture,message,story,type,created_time,source,status_type

Install as library

mixedfeed v3+ needs at least PHP 7.2, check your server configuration.

composer require rezozero/mixedfeed
use RZ\MixedFeed\MixedFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\GraphInstagramFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\TwitterFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\TwitterSearchFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\FacebookPageFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\GithubReleasesFeed;
use RZ\MixedFeed\GithubCommitsFeed;

$feed = new MixedFeed([
    new GraphInstagramFeed(
        null ,// you can add a doctrine cache provider
        [] // And a fields array to retrieve too
    new TwitterFeed(
        null,  // you can add a doctrine cache provider
        true,  // exclude replies true/false
        false, // include retweets true/false
        false  // extended mode true/false
    new TwitterSearchFeed(
            '#art', // do not specify a key for string searchs
            'from' => 'rezo_zero',
            'since' => '2015-11-01',
            'until' => '2015-11-30',
        null,  // you can add a doctrine cache provider
        false  // extended mode true/false
    new FacebookPageFeed(
        null, // you can add a doctrine cache provider
        [],    // And a fields array to retrieve too
        null // A specific Graph API Endpoint URL
    new GithubCommitsFeed(
        null // you can add a doctrine cache provider
    new GithubReleasesFeed(
        null // you can add a doctrine cache provider
    new \RZ\MixedFeed\YoutubePlaylistItemFeed(
        null // you can add a doctrine cache provider

return $feed->getItems(12);
// Or use canonical \RZ\MixedFeed\Canonical\FeedItem objects
// for a better compatibility and easier templating with multiple
// social platforms.
return $feed->getAsyncCanonicalItems(12);

Combine feeds

mixedfeed can combine multiple social feeds so you can loop over them and use some common data fields such as feedItemPlatform, normalizedDate and canonicalMessage. mixedfeed will sort all your feed items by descending normalizedDate, but you can configure it to sort ascending:

new MixedFeed([…], MixedFeed::ASC);

Each feed provider must inject these three parameters in feed items:

  • feedItemPlatform: This is your social network name as a string i.e. «twitter». It will be important to cache your feed and for your HTML template engine to render properly each feed item.

For example, if you are using Twig, you will be able to include a sub-template for each social-platform.

{% for socialItem in mixedFeedItems %}
{% include ‘social-blocks/‘ ~ socialItem.feedItemPlatform ~ ‘.html.twig’ %}
{% endfor %}
  • normalizedDate: This is a critical parameter as it allows mixedfeed to sort reverse chronologically multiple feeds with heterogeneous structures.
  • canonicalMessage: This is a useful field which contains the text content for each item over all platforms. You can use this to display items texts within a simple loop.

Use FeedItem instead of raw feed

If you need to serialize your MixedFeed to JSON or XML again, you should not want all the raw data contained in each social feed item. So you can use the $feed->getAsyncCanonicalItems(12); method instead of getItems to get a more concise object with essential data: RZ\MixedFeed\Canonical\FeedItem. FeedItem will provide these fields:

  • id string
  • platform string
  • author string
  • link string
  • title string
  • message string
  • likeCount int|null
  • shareCount int|null: Share, comments or retweet count depending on platform.
  • images Image[]
    • url string
    • width integer
    • height integer
  • dateTime DateTime
  • tags array (only used with MediumFeed)
  • raw stdClass to access raw API object if canonical item fields are not enough

When FeedItem has images, FeedItem::$images will hold an array of RZ\MixedFeed\Canonical\Image objects to have better access to its url, width and height if they're available.

Each feed provider must implement how to hydrate a FeedItem from the raw feed overriding createFeedItemFromObject() method.

Feed providers

Feed provider class Description feedItemPlatform
MediumFeed Call over endpoint. It only needs a $username and an optional $userId for better consistency over requests (Medium seems to apply cache on their username requests even after changing a query parameter, i.e. post limit). Medium allows maximum 14 posts per requests. medium
InstagramOEmbedFeed Call over endpoint. It only needs a $embedUrls array instagram_oembed
GraphInstagramFeed Call over$userId/media endpoint with Basic Display API. It needs a $userId and an $accessToken. Warning: Access token must be refreshed every 60 days, use RefreshInstagramAccessToken instagram
InstagramFeed Deprecated: Call over /v1/users/$userId/media/recent/ endpoint. It needs a $userId and an $accessToken instagram
TwitterFeed Call over statuses/user_timeline endpoint. It requires a $userId, a $consumerKey, a $consumerSecret, an $accessToken and an $accessTokenSecret. Be careful, this endpoint can only return up to 3,200 of a user’s most recent Tweets, your item count could be lesser than expected. In the same way, Twitter removes retweets after retrieving the items count. twitter
TwitterSearchFeed Call over search/tweets endpoint. It requires a $queryParams array, a $consumerKey, a $consumerSecret, an $accessToken and an $accessTokenSecret. Be careful, Twitter API won’t retrieve tweets older than 7 days, your item count could be lesser than expected. $queryParams must be a key-valued array with query operators according to Twitter API documentation. twitter
FacebookPageFeed Call over$pageId/posts endpoint by default. Endpoint can be changed using $apiBaseUrl parameter. It requires a $pageId and an $accessToken. This feed provider only works for public Facebook pages. To get an access-token visit: By default, picture, message, story, created_time, status_type fields are queried, you can add your own by passing $field array as last parameter. You can add since and until query parameters using setSince(\Datetime) and setUntil(\Datetime) methods. You can overwrite the default facebook_page
PinterestBoardFeed Call over /v1/boards/$boardId/pins/ endpoint. It requires a $boardId and an $accessToken. To get an access-token visit: pinterest_board
GithubReleasesFeed Call over endpoint. It requires a $repository (user/repository) and an $accessToken. You can add a last $page parameter. To get an access-token visit: github_release
GithubCommitsFeed Call over endpoint. It requires a $repository (user/repository) and an $accessToken. You can add a last $page parameter. To get an access-token visit: github_commit
YoutubeMostPopularFeed Call over endpoint with mostPopular chart (It’s more kind of an example feed). It requires a $apiKey with a valid Google Cloud Console account (with not null quota) and Youtube Data API enabled. youtube_playlist_items
YoutubePlaylistItemFeed Call over endpoint. It requires a $apiKey with a valid Google Cloud Console account (with not null quota) and Youtube Data API enabled. youtube_playlist_items

Modify cache TTL

Each feed-provider which inherits from AbstractFeedProvider has access to setTtl() method in order to modify the default cache time. By default it is set for 7200 seconds, so you can adjust it to invalidate doctrine cache more or less often.

Create your own feed provider

There are plenty of APIs on the internet, and this tool won’t be able to handle them all. But this is not a problem, you can easily create your own feed provider in mixedfeed. You just have to create a new class that will inherit from RZ\MixedFeed\AbstractFeedProvider. Then you will have to implement some methods from FeedProviderInterface:

  • getRequests($count = 5): \Generator method which return a Guzzle Request generator to be transformed to a response. This is the best option as it will enable async request pooling.
  • supportsRequestPool(): bool method should return if your provider can be pooled to enhance performances. If you are using a third party library to fetch your data (such as some platform SDK), you should set it to false.
  • createFeedItemFromObject($item) method which transform a raw feed object into a canonical RZ\MixedFeed\Canonical\FeedItem and RZ\MixedFeed\Canonical\Image
  • getDateTime method to look for the critical datetime field in your feed.
  • getFeed method to consume your API endpoint with a count limit and take care of caching your responses. This method must convert your own feed items into \stdClass objects, not arrays.
  • getCanonicalMessage method to look for the important text content in your feed items.
  • getFeedPlatform method to get a global text identifier for your feed items.
  • then a constructor that will be handy to use directly in the MixedFeed initialization.

Feel free to check our existing Feed providers to see how they work. And we strongly advise you to implement a caching system not to call your API endpoints at each request. By default, we use Doctrine’s caching system which has many storage options.

Create a feed provider from a Doctrine repository

If you need to merge social network feeds with your own website articles, you can create a custom FeedProvider which wraps your Doctrine objects into \stdClass items. You’ll need to implement your getFeed method using an EntityManager:

protected $entityManager;

public function __construct(\Doctrine\ORM\EntityManagerInterface $entityManager)
    $this->entityManager = $entityManager;

protected function getFeed($count = 5)
    return array_map(
        function (Article $article) {
            $object = new \stdClass();
            $object->native = $article;
            return $object;
            ['datetime' => 'DESC'],

protected function createFeedItemFromObject($item)
    $feedItem = new RZ\MixedFeed\Canonical\FeedItem();

    for ($item->images as $image) {
        $feedItemImage = new RZ\MixedFeed\Canonical\Image();

    return $feedItem;

Then you can define your date-time and canonical message methods to look into this object:

 * @inheritDoc
public function getDateTime($item)
    if ($item->native instanceof Article) {
        return $item->native->getDatetime();

    return null;

 * @inheritDoc
public function getCanonicalMessage(stdClass $item)
    if ($item->native instanceof Article) {
        return $item->native->getExcerpt();

    return null;