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chat-downloader

A simple tool used to retrieve chat messages from livestreams, videos, clips and past broadcasts. No authentication needed!

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Chat Downloader


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Chat Downloader_ is a simple tool used to retrieve chat messages from livestreams, videos, clips and past broadcasts. No authentication needed!

.. _Chat Downloader: https://github.com/xenova/chat-downloader

############ Installation ############

This tool is distributed on PyPI_ and can be installed with pip:

.. _PyPI: https://pypi.org/project/chat-downloader/

.. code:: console

$ pip install chat-downloader

To update to the latest version, add the --upgrade flag to the above command.

Alternatively, the tool can be installed with git:

.. code:: console

$ git clone https://github.com/xenova/chat-downloader.git $ cd chat-downloader $ python setup.py install

Usage

Command line

.. code:: console

usage: chat_downloader [-h] [--version] [--start_time START_TIME]
                       [--end_time END_TIME]
                       [--message_types MESSAGE_TYPES | --message_groups MESSAGE_GROUPS]
                       [--max_attempts MAX_ATTEMPTS]
                       [--retry_timeout RETRY_TIMEOUT]
                       [--interruptible_retry [INTERRUPTIBLE_RETRY]]
                       [--max_messages MAX_MESSAGES]
                       [--inactivity_timeout INACTIVITY_TIMEOUT]
                       [--timeout TIMEOUT] [--format FORMAT]
                       [--format_file FORMAT_FILE] [--chat_type {live,top}]
                       [--ignore IGNORE]
                       [--message_receive_timeout MESSAGE_RECEIVE_TIMEOUT]
                       [--buffer_size BUFFER_SIZE] [--output OUTPUT]
                       [--overwrite [OVERWRITE]] [--sort_keys [SORT_KEYS]]
                       [--indent INDENT] [--pause_on_debug | --exit_on_debug]
                       [--logging {none,debug,info,warning,error,critical} | --testing | --verbose | --quiet]
                       [--cookies COOKIES] [--proxy PROXY]
                       url

For example, to save messages from a livestream to a JSON file, you can use:

.. code:: console

$ chat_downloader https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qap5aO4i9A --output chat.json

For a description of these options, as well as advanced command line use-cases and examples, consult the Command Line Usage <https://chat-downloader.readthedocs.io/en/latest/cli.html#command-line-usage>_ page.

Python

.. code:: python

from chat_downloader import ChatDownloader

url = 'https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qap5aO4i9A' chat = ChatDownloader().get_chat(url) # create a generator for message in chat: # iterate over messages chat.print_formatted(message) # print the formatted message

For advanced python use-cases and examples, consult the Python Documentation <https://chat-downloader.readthedocs.io/en/latest/source/index.html#python-documentation>_.

########## Chat Items ##########

Chat items/messages are parsed into JSON objects (a.k.a. dictionaries) and should follow a format similar to this:

.. code-block::

{
    ...
    "message_id": "xxxxxxxxxx",
    "message": "actual message goes here",
    "message_type": "text_message",
    "timestamp": 1613761152565924,
    "time_in_seconds": 1234.56,
    "time_text": "20:34",
    "author": {
        "id": "UCxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
        "name": "username_of_sender",
        "images": [
            ...
        ],
        "badges": [
            ...
        ]
    },
    ...
}

For an extensive, documented list of included fields, consult the Chat Item Fields <https://chat-downloader.readthedocs.io/en/latest/items.html#chat-item-fields>_ page.

########################## Frequently Asked Questions ##########################

Coming soon

Issues

Found a bug or have a suggestion? File an issue here_. To assist the developers in fixing the issue, please follow the issue template as closely as possible.

.. _here: https://github.com/xenova/chat-downloader/issues/new/choose

############ Contributing ############

If you would like to help improve the tool, you'll find more information on contributing in our Contributing Guide <https://chat-downloader.readthedocs.io/en/latest/contributing.html#contributing-guide>_.

################ Supported sites: ################

  • YouTube.com - Livestreams, past broadcasts and premieres.
  • Twitch.tv - Livestreams, past broadcasts and clips.
  • Reddit.com - Livestreams, past broadcasts
  • Facebook.com (currently in development) - Livestreams and past broadcasts.

.. _Chat Item Wiki: https://github.com/xenova/chat-downloader/wiki/Item-Template .. _Command Line Wiki: https://github.com/xenova/chat-downloader/wiki/Command-Line-Usage .. _Python Wiki: https://github.com/xenova/chat-downloader/wiki/Python-Documentation

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