A Simple Way to Get User Timelines with Twitter API version 1.1 & PHP

A simple way to get user timelines in PHP is to use “The first PHP Library to support OAuth for Twitter’s REST API” by Abraham Williams. The library supports version 1.1 of the Twitter API.

Here is a sample PHP code with the library to get most recent tweets posted by @TwitterEng (the official account for Twitter Engineering).

Sample Code


require __DIR__ . '/lib/twitteroauth/twitteroauth.php';

define('CONSUMER_KEY', 'your_consumer_key');
define('CONSUMER_SECRET', 'your_consumer_secret');
define('ACCESS_TOKEN', 'your_access_token');
define('ACCESS_TOKEN_SECRET', 'your_access_token_secret');


$user = 'TwitterEng';

$timeline = $toa->get('statuses/user_timeline', array('screen_name' => $user));

foreach ($timeline as $i => $tweet) {
    echo "$i: $tweet->text" . PHP_EOL;


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