Reddit API is amazing! In this post, we are going to learn how to use the Reddit API with Python.
We will cover everything.
- How to get your credentials and to use the API.
- Making a simple request to the API,
- Using the two most popular wrappers: PRAW and Pushshift.
- Extracting data
- Posting to a Subreddit.
At the end of this tutorial, you’ll know everything that you need to know about the Reddit API, how to do the examples below, and even publish to Reddit using the API just like all these users have managed to do it before you.
Reddit API Examples
Here are two things that you will be able to do after reading this guide.
Example 1: Get Subreddits with most activity related to your keyword
Example 2: Post to subreddits.
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Let’s get started!
How to Get Reddit API Access
To get Reddit API Access:
- Create a Reddit API Application
Go to Reddit Apps
Select “script” as the type of app.
Name your app and give it a description.
Set-up the redirect uri to be
The redirect URI will be used to get your refresh token.
- Copy your client_id and client_secrets
Once you click on “create app”, you will get a box showing you your
client_secrets. Copy those values in your
- Get the Refresh Token
Get your Refresh token. Python code available in the following article: Reddit API refresh token using PRAW
Chapter 1: Reddit API Basics
A quick introduction to the world of APIs.
With the Reddit API, you can extract subreddit posts and data without any credentials!
In this beginner tutorial, we will learn to make requests to a subreddit to retrieve data. I will show you how to scrape Reddit with Python, without using an API key or a wrapper. Making Requests and Scraping Reddit
Translating the Reddit API JSON documentation for humans with code example simple data structure. This post will help you understand and work with the Reddit API’s JSON. Reddit JSON’s structure
Chapter 2: Pushshift.io
In this Reddit API tutorial, I will show you how to make an API call using Reddit API and Python with the Pushshift.io API wrapper. We will extract data from Reddit API to find out which subreddit has the most activity for your search term. Show which subreddits have the most activity
Chapter 3: PRAW API Wrapper
Get Reddit API Credentials with PRAW (OAuth 2)
In this tutorial, we will look at the Reddit API authentication.
We are going to generate the OAuth credentials necessary to run the Reddit API using Python and the PRAW wrapper.
We’ll cover the steps to get the client id, client secrets and access token (refresh token) needed to post on Reddit using the API. Getting Reddit API Access – Credentials and Authenticating with OAuth 2
Fun Side Project With Reddit API
I thought my Terminal was boring. I decided to show a random post from “r/todayilearned ” whenever I open the Terminal. Here is how you can do the same. Show Random Post from Reddit In Terminal
Reddit API Limits
The Reddit API’s rate limit is up to 60 requests per minute. It allows a request to up to 100 items at once.
If you have less than 100 items to request, you can do it all at once. For more than 100 items, you need to make multiple requests, making sure that you don’t go over the 60 requests per minute as per the rules.
Other Interesting Guides and Projects
- Analysing Subreddit’s Keyword Concentration with Python and PRAW
- Classifying 4M Reddit posts in 4k subreddits: an end-to-end machine learning pipeline
- Full Reddit Account Deleter
- Reddit Accounts Generator
- Projects and Resources to Learn Python SEO
Reddit API FAQs
To get top posts from subreddit, use the JSON URL:
The Reddit API (Application Programming Interface) allows you to extract data, or post to Reddit using a web application or your preferred programming language.
Yes, the Reddit is free. However, it has been announced that it will become a paid feature.
This is the end of the guide on Reddit API. Remember to share and link to this post if you enjoyed it.
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