class praw.models.TextArea(reddit, _data)

Class to represent a text area widget.

Find a text area in a subreddit:

widgets = reddit.subreddit('redditdev').widgets
text_area = None
for widget in widgets.sidebar:
    if isinstance(widget, praw.models.TextArea):
        text_area = widget

Create one (requires proper moderator permissions):

widgets = reddit.subreddit('redditdev').widgets
styles = {'backgroundColor': '#FFFF66', 'headerColor': '#3333EE'}
text_area = widgets.mod.add_text_area('My cool title',
                                      '*Hello* **world**!',

For more information on creation, see add_text_area().

Update one (requires proper moderator permissions):

new_styles = {'backgroundColor': '#FFFFFF', 'headerColor': '#FF9900'}
text_area = text_area.mod.update(shortName='My fav text',

Delete one (requires proper moderator permissions):


Typical Attributes

This table describes attributes that typically belong to objects of this class. Since attributes are dynamically provided (see Determine Available Attributes of an Object), there is not a guarantee that these attributes will always be present, nor is this list comprehensive in any way.

Attribute Description
id The widget ID.
kind The widget kind (always 'textarea').
shortName The short name of the widget.
styles A dict with the keys 'backgroundColor' and 'headerColor'.
subreddit The Subreddit the button widget belongs to.
text The widget’s text, as Markdown.
textHtml The widget’s text, as HTML.
__init__(reddit, _data)

Initialize an instance of the class.


Get an instance of WidgetModeration for this widget.


Using any of the methods of WidgetModeration will likely make outdated the data in the SubredditWidgets that this widget belongs to. To remedy this, call refresh().

classmethod parse(data: Dict[str, Any], reddit: Reddit) → Any

Return an instance of cls from data.

  • data – The structured data.
  • reddit – An instance of Reddit.


This list of attributes is not complete. PRAW dynamically provides the attributes that Reddit returns via the API. Because those attributes are subject to change on Reddit’s end, PRAW makes no effort to document them, other than to instruct you on how to discover what is available. See Determine Available Attributes of an Object for detailed information.