Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Reddit Watcher - Watch All Reddit Posts For Special Keyword

I was playing around last night with the Reddit API and found that it allows for streaming content to /r/all. This effectively means that every (public) submission can be parsed and played with. I decided to write a small script to check if a certain keyword is in the title of the submission.

You can do extend this in a bunch of other ways:
  • Instead of printing to screen, send to twilio or OSX popups
  • Extend the keyword checking to the content or their comments
  • Restrict the catchall subreddit /r/all to something more specific like /r/netsec
  • Pump the submission through sentiment analysis and graph over time to figure out if people hate you
Below is the code for the script:
#!/usr/bin/env python3

import praw
keyword = " i "
client_id = 'x-CLIENTIDHERE'
client_secret = 'ioID-CLIENTSECRETHERE'
user_agent = 'OSX:myscripthere:v1.0 (by /u/myuserhere)'
reddit = praw.Reddit(client_id=client_id,

for submission in reddit.subreddit('all').stream.submissions():
    if keyword in submission.title.lower():
        print('https://reddit.com/%s : /r/%s - %s ' % (submission.id, submission.subreddit, submission.title))

Once you run that with your specific OAUTH details, you'll get streaming submissions outputted to your screen:

Currently the script is only triggering if the word " I " is in the post (for testing), obviously change to your specific keyword.