Configuration Options

PRAW’s configuration options are broken down into the following categories:

All of these options can be provided in any of the ways mentioned in Configuring PRAW.

Basic Configuration Options

check_for_updates

When true, check for new versions of PRAW. When a newer version of PRAW is available a message is reported via standard error (default: true).

user_agent

(Required) A unique description of your application. The following format is recommended according to Reddit’s API Rules: <platform>:<app ID>:<version string> (by u/<reddit username>).

OAuth Configuration Options

client_id

(Required) The OAuth client id associated with your registered Reddit application. See Authenticating via OAuth for instructions on registering a Reddit application.

client_secret

The OAuth client secret associated with your registered Reddit application. This option is required for all application types, however, the value must be set to None for installed applications.

refresh_token

For either web applications, or installed applications using the code flow, you can directly provide a previously obtained refresh token. Using a web application in conjunction with this option is useful, for example, if you prefer to not have your username and password available to your program, as required for a script application. See: Obtaining a Refresh Token and Using a Saved Refresh Token

redirect_uri

The redirect URI associated with your registered Reddit application. This field is unused for script applications and is only needed for both web applications, and installed applications when the url() method is used.

password

The password of the Reddit account associated with your registered Reddit script application. This field is required for script applications, and PRAW assumes it is working with a script application by its presence.

username

The username of the Reddit account associated with your registered Reddit script application. This field is required for script applications, and PRAW assumes it is working with a script application by its presence.

Reddit Site Configuration Options

PRAW can be configured to work with instances of Reddit which are not hosted at reddit.com. The following options may need to be updated in order to successfully access a third-party Reddit site:

comment_kind

The type prefix for comments on the Reddit instance (default: t1_).

message_kind

The type prefix for messages on the Reddit instance (default: t4_).

oauth_url

The URL used to access the Reddit instance’s API (default: https://oauth.reddit.com).

reddit_url

The URL used to access the Reddit instance. PRAW assumes the endpoints for establishing OAuth authorization are accessible under this URL (default: https://www.reddit.com).

redditor_kind

The type prefix for redditors on the Reddit instance (default: t2_).

short_url

The URL used to generate short links on the Reddit instance (default: https://redd.it).

submission_kind

The type prefix for submissions on the Reddit instance (default: t3_).

subreddit_kind

The type prefix for subreddits on the Reddit instance (default: t5_).

Miscellaneous Configuration Options

These are options that do not belong in another category, but still play a part in PRAW.

ratelimit_seconds

Controls the maximum amount of seconds PRAW will capture ratelimits returned in JSON data. Because this can be as high as 10 minutes, only ratelimits of up to 5 seconds are captured and waited on by default. Should be a number representing the amount of seconds to sleep.

Note

PRAW sleeps for the ratelimit plus either 1/10th of the ratelimit or 1 second, whichever is smallest.

timeout

Controls the amount of time PRAW will wait for a request from Reddit to complete before throwing an exception. By default, PRAW waits 16 seconds before throwing an exception.

Custom Configuration Options

Your application can utilize PRAW’s configuration system in order to provide its own custom settings.

For instance you might want to add an app_debugging: true option to your application’s praw.ini file. To retrieve the value of this custom option from an instance of Reddit you can execute:

reddit.config.custom["app_debugging"]

Note

Custom PRAW configuration environment variables are not supported. You can directly access environment variables via os.getenv.