How to Generate the API Key, API Secret, Access Token and Access Token Secret for Twitter OAuth
Thursday, 19 June 2014
If you want to create a customised Twitter feed for your website, rather than using the copy-and-paste code from the Twitter Widgets pages - you need to get the required authorisation codes from Twitter.
We need four things:
- · API key
- · API secret
- · Access token
- · Access token secret
Each is a long string of numbers and letters something like this: lhAZTN7pg0AyElFtyVT1vONgI9rdEoAliEOv09KPbs1Sv
Here's how you get them:
- Go to https://dev.twitter.com/apps/new
- Give your new "Application" a name and description (anything you like - it's not important, but it might be something like "My feed for Wordpress widget") and enter your website address. You can leave the callback URL empty.
- Accept the terms and click the "Create" button.
- Click on the "API keys" tab
- Here you will find the API key and the API secret. Carefully copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) them into a safe place so you can send them in an email to your website developer.
- Scroll down and click the "Create my access token" button
- You'll see a message telling you may need to refresh the page, so go ahead and do so
- When you scroll down to the bottom of the page again, you'll find your Access token and Access token secret.
- Again, copy and paste them into a safe place
- Send them to your website developer to work some magic