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Update Twitter status programmatically with PHP and cURL

This note provides a sample PHP function that updates your Twitter status, making use of the cURL module.

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function twitterUpdate($u, $p, $upd) {
	// $u is your username (string)
	// $p is your password (string)
	// $upd is your status update (string)

	$url = '';

	$curl_handle = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
	curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT, 2);
	curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, 1);
	curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
	curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, "status=".$upd);
	curl_setopt($curl_handle, CURLOPT_USERPWD, $u.":".$p);
	$buffer = curl_exec($curl_handle);

	if (empty($buffer)) {
		return 'fail';
	else {
		return 'success';

Example usage is below.

$upd='Hello world!';

$twitterUpdateResult = twitterUpdate($u, $p, $upd);

echo $twitterUpdateResult;

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This page is filed under keyword(s): php.
Author: C. Peter Chen
Last updated: 22 Jun 2009

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