PRAW: The Python Reddit Api Wrapper

PRAW, an acronym for “Python Reddit API Wrapper”, is a python package that allows for simple access to reddit’s API. PRAW aims to be as easy to use as possible and is designed to follow all of reddit’s API rules. You have to give a useragent that follows the rules, everything else is handled by PRAW so you needn’t worry about violating them.

Here’s a quick peek, getting the first 5 submissions from the ‘hot’ section of the ‘opensource’ subreddit:

>>> import praw
>>> r = praw.Reddit(user_agent='my_cool_application')
>>> submissions = r.get_subreddit('opensource').get_hot(limit=5)
>>> [str(x) for x in submissions]

This will display something similar to the following:

['10 :: Debuts Group Funding for Open Source Projects\n',
 '24 :: Support the Free Software Foundation',
 '67 :: The 10 Most Important Open Source Projects of 2011',
 '85 :: Plan 9 - A distributed OS with a unified communicatioprotocol  I/O...',
  '2 :: Open-source webOS is dead on arrival ']

References And Other Relevant Pages


PRAW works with python 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3. The recommended way to install is via pip

$ pip install praw

Alternatively you can do it via easy_install

$ easy_install praw


The official place to ask questions about PRAW, reddit and other API wrappers is r/redditdev. If the question is more about Python and less about PRAW, such as “what are generators”, then you’re likely to get more, faster and more in-depth answers in r/learnpython.

If you’ve uncovered a bug or have a feature request, then make an issue on our project page at github.


All of the code contained here is licensed by the GNU GPLv3.

A Few Short Examples

Note: These example are intended to be completed in order. While you are free to skip down to what you want to accomplish, please check the previous examples for any NameErrors you might encounter.

  1. Import the package

    >>> import praw
  2. Create the Reddit object (requires a user agent):

    >>> r = praw.Reddit(user_agent='example')
  3. Logging in:

    >>> r.login('username', 'password')
  4. Send a message (requires login):

    >>> r.send_message('bboe', 'Subject Line', 'You are awesome!')
  5. Mark all unread messages as read (requires login):

    >>> for msg in r.get_unread(limit=None):
    ...     msg.mark_as_read()
  6. Get the top submissions for /r/python:

    >>> submissions = r.get_subreddit('python').get_top(limit=10)
  7. Get comments from a given submission:

    >>> submission = next(submissions)
    >>> submission.comments
  8. Comment on a submission (requires login):

    >>> submission.add_comment('text')
  9. Reply to a comment (requires login):

    >>> comment = submission.comments[0]
    >>> comment.reply('test')
  10. Voting (requires login):

    >>> # item can be a comment or submission
    >>> item.upvote()
    >>> item.downvote()
    >>> item.clear_vote()
  11. Deleting (requires login):

    >>> # item can be a comment or submission
    >>> item.delete()
  12. Saving a submission (requires login):

    >>> submission.unsave()
  13. Create a SELF submission (requires login):

    >>> r.submit('reddit_api_test', 'submission title', text='body')
  14. Create a URL submission (requires login):

    >>> r.submit('reddit_api_test', 'Google!', url='')
  15. Get user karma:

    >>> user = r.get_redditor('ketralnis')
    >>> user.link_karma
    >>> user.comment_karma
  16. Get saved links (requires login):

    >>> r.user.get_saved()
  17. Get content newer than a comment or submission’s id:

    >>> r.get_subreddit('python').get_top(limit=None,
  18. (Un)subscribe to a subreddit (requires login):

    >>> r.get_subreddit('python').subscribe()
    >>> r.get_subreddit('python').unsubscribe()
  19. (Un)friend a user:

    >>> r.get_redditor('ketralnis').friend()
    >>> r.get_redditor('ketralnis').unfriend()
  20. Create a subreddit:

    >>> r.create_subreddit(short_title='MyIncredibleSubreddit',
    ...                        full_title='my Incredibly Cool Subreddit',
    ...                        description='It is incredible!')
  21. Get flair mappings for a particular subreddit (requires mod privileges):

    >>> item = next(r.get_subreddit('python').get_flair_list())
    >>> item['user']
    >>> item['flair_text']
    >>> item['flair_css_class']
  22. Set / update user flair (requires mod privileges):

    >>> r.get_subreddit('python').set_flair('bboe', 'text flair', 'css-class')
  23. Clear user flair (requires mod privileges):

    >>> r.get_subreddit('python').set_flair('bboe')
  24. Bulk set user flair (requires mod privileges):

    >>> flair_mapping = [{'user':'bboe', 'flair_text':'dev'},
    ...                  {'user':'pyapitestuser3', 'flair_css_class':'css2'},
    ...                  {'user':'pyapitestuser2', 'flair_text':'AWESOME',
    ...                  'flair_css_class':'css'}]
    >>> r.get_subreddit('python').set_flair_csv(flair_mapping)
  25. Add flair templates (requires mod privileges):

    >>> r.get_subreddit('python').add_flair_template(text='editable',
    ...                                              css_class='foo',
    ...                                              text_editable=True)
  26. Clear flair templates (requires mod privileges):

    >>> r.get_subreddit('python').clear_flair_templates()

Useful Scripts

AutoModerator by Deimos
A bot for automating straightforward reddit moderation tasks and improving upon the existing spam-filter.
Examines a redditor’s posting history and creates a comment with a nice activity overview. ClockStalker uses an older version of PRAW, the reddit, module. It should, but may not, work with the latest version of PRAW.
A simple challenge-queue submission bot for r/DailyProgrammer. Users submit challenges through a Google Documents form, then the bot crawls said form, posting the appropriate challenge on the appropriate day of the week.

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