Easily work with the Twitter Streaming API in a Laravel app

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Twitter provides a streaming API with which you can do interesting things such as listening for tweets that contain specific strings or actions a user might take (e.g. liking a tweet, following someone,...). This package makes it very easy to work with the API.

->whenHears('#laravel', function(array $tweet) {
    echo "{$tweet['user']['screen_name']} tweeted {$tweet['text']}";

Here's an example Laravel application with the package pre-installed. It contains an artisan command to kick off the listening process.

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You can install the package via composer:

composer require spatie/laravel-twitter-streaming-api

The config file must be published with this command:

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Spatie\LaravelTwitterStreamingApi\TwitterStreamingApiServiceProvider" --tag="config"

It will be published in config/laravel-twitter-streaming-api.php

return [

     * To work with Twitter's Streaming API you'll need some credentials.
     * If you don't have credentials yet, head over to

    'handle' => env('TWITTER_HANDLE'),

    'api_key' => env('TWITTER_API_KEY'),

    'api_secret_key' => env('TWITTER_API_SECRET_KEY'),

    'bearer_token' => env('TWITTER_BEARER_TOKEN'),

Getting credentials

In order to use this package you'll need to get some credentials from Twitter. Head over to the Developer Portal on Twitter to create an application.

Once you've created your application, click on the Keys and tokens tab to retrieve your bearer_token, api_key and api_secret_key.

Keys and tokens tab on Twitter


Currently, this package works with the public stream and the user stream. Both the PublicStream and UserStream classes provide a startListening function that kicks of the listening process. Unless you cancel it your PHP process will execute that function forever. No code after the function will be run.

In the example below a facade is used. If you don't like facades you can replace them with


The public stream

The public stream can be used to listen for specific words that are being tweeted.

The first parameter of whenHears must be a string, or an array containing the word or words you want to listen for. The second parameter should be a callable that will be executed when one of your words is used on Twitter.

use TwitterStreamingApi;

->whenHears('#laravel', function(array $tweet) {
    echo "{$tweet['user']['screen_name']} tweeted {$tweet['text']}";

The user stream

use TwitterStreamingApi;

->onEvent(function(array $event) {
    if ($event['event'] === 'favorite') {
        echo "Our tweet {$event['target_object']['text']} got favorited by {$event['source']['screen_name']}";

Suggestion on how to run in a production environment

When using this in production you could opt to create an artisan command to listen for incoming events from Twitter. You can use Supervisord to make sure that command is running all the time.

A word to the wise

These APIs work in realtime, so they could report a lot of activity. If you need to do some heavy work processing that activity it's best to put that work in a queue to keep your listening process fast.


Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


$ composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.


If you've found a bug regarding security please mail instead of using the issue tracker.



The MIT License (MIT). Please see License File for more information.