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PY: Get Posts

Tutorial pulls a list of the posts from the blockchain with selected filter and tag then displays output.

Full, runnable src of Get Posts can be downloaded as part of: tutorials/python (or download just this tutorial:

This tutorial will explain and show you how to access the Hive blockchain using the beem library to fetch list of posts filtered by a filter and tag.


In Hive there are built-in filters trending, hot, created, active, promoted etc. which helps us to get list of posts. get_discussions_by_trending(query), get_discussions_by_hot(query), get_discussions_by_created(query), etc. functions are built-in into beem that we are going to use throughout all Python tutorials.

Also see:


  1. App setup - Library install and import
  2. Filters list - List of filters to select from
  3. Query details - Form a query
  4. Print output - Print results in output

1. App setup

In this tutorial we use 3 packages, pick - helps us to select filter interactively. beem - hive library, interaction with Blockchain. pprint - print results in better format.

First we import all three library and initialize Hive class

import pprint
from pick import pick
# initialize Hive class
from beem import Hive

h = Hive()

2. Filters list

Next we will make list of filters and setup pick properly.

title = 'Please choose filter: '
#filters list
options = ['trending', 'hot', 'active', 'created', 'promoted']
# get index and selected filter name
option, index = pick(options, title)

This will show us list of filters to select in terminal/command prompt. And after selection we will get index and filter name to index and option variables.

3. Query details

Next we will form a query. In Hive,

q = Query(limit=2, tag="")
posts = {
  0: d.get_discussions('trending', q, limit=2),
  1: d.get_discussions('hot', q, limit=2),
  2: d.get_discussions('active', q, limit=2),
  3: d.get_discussions('created', q, limit=2),
  4: d.get_discussions('promoted', q, limit=2)

Above code shows example of query and simple list of function that will fetch post list with user selected filter.

4. Print output

Next, we will print result, post list and selected filter name.

  # print post list for selected filter
  pprint.pprint("Selected: "+option)

The example of result returned from the service as objects:

1. <Comment @lukewearechange/unbelievable-how-are-they-getting-away-with-this>
2. <Comment @jennyzer/iniciativa-juegos-de-mi-infancia-or-or-games-of-my-childhood-initiative>
'Selected: hot'

From this result you have access to everything associated to the posts including additional metadata which is a JSON string (that must be decoded to use), active_votes info, post title, body, etc. details that can be used in further development of application with Python.

That’s it!

To Run the tutorial

  1. review dev requirements
  2. git clone
  3. cd devportal/tutorials/python/04_get_posts
  4. pip install -r requirements.txt
  5. python
  6. After a few moments, you should see output in terminal/command prompt screen.