Posting Twitter Updates using Java

As you may or may not know, I’m working on a Java based Twitter client recently. Sending and getting data from Twitter is really, really simple. Here is how to do it in Java.

Let’s assume that we are trying to post an update to twitter with the following data:

String username = "";
String password = "password";
String status = "Look! I'm twittering using Java";

Twitter uses basic HTTP authentication which requires you to send a username:password pair encoded in base64:

String cridentials = new sun.misc.BASE64Encoder().encode((username + ":" + password).getBytes());

Now let’s create a HTTP connection:

URL url = new URL("");
URLConnection conn = url.openConnection();

Authentication is activated like so:

conn.setRequestProperty ("Authorization", "Basic " + cridentials);

Now we can send the update by simply writing to conn’s output stream:

OutputStreamWriter wr = new OutputStreamWriter(conn.getOutputStream());

Finally, if you wand you can grab and print out the XML response sent back to you by Twitter server:

BufferedReader rd = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(conn.getInputStream()));
String line, output = "";
while ((line = rd.readLine()) != null)

That’s it – that’s all you need to do.

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7 Responses to Posting Twitter Updates using Java

  1. Wikke BELGIUM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    That seems easier than a database connection/query :)

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  2. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    It really is. All you are doing is sending a HTTP request and receiving a response. As I illustrated before, you can do the same thing just using curl.

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  3. grey UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    Thank you for using my image on your twitter page, but would you mind providing a link to either the page it came from (–slashdot -flowchart.html) or the main site ( instead of just linking to the image directly?

    Thank you,


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  4. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Sure thing boss. Link changed. :)

    Btw, he is referring to this image.

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  5. ashish UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox RedHat Linux says:

    I have tried the code and in the response it keeps returning my last post instead of updating the new status. Could this be just twitter?

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  6. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Remember to flush your output stream. It worked for me when I tried it.

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