How to use Twitter OAuth v1.1 with JavaScript/jQuery & PHP

API v1 Retirement is Complete and feel free to read this post about how to use new Twitter API.

In March 2013 Twitter plans to retire version 1 of their REST API, however it’s replacement requires all requests to use OAuth signed headers. As a result if you’re using JavaScript to pull in a twitter feed to show on your website, you might be in for a spot of bother. However I’ve put together a little script which will allow you to remain using your JavaScript implementation, until you have time to move to the Twitter API 1.1 completely.

$config = array(
	'oauth_access_token' => 'token-here',
	'oauth_access_token_secret' => 'token-here',
	'consumer_key' => 'token-here',
	'consumer_secret' => 'token-here',
	'use_whitelist' => false, // If you want to only allow some requests to use this script.
	'base_url' => ''

$whitelist = array(

	die('No URL set');

$url = $_GET['url'];

if($config['use_whitelist'] && !isset($whitelist[$url])){
	die('URL is not authorised');

// Figure out the URL parmaters
$url_parts = parse_url($url);
parse_str($url_parts['query'], $url_arguments);

$full_url = $config['base_url'].$url; // Url with the query on it.
$base_url = $config['base_url'].$url_parts['path']; // Url without the query.

function buildBaseString($baseURI, $method, $params) {
	$r = array();
	foreach($params as $key=>$value){
	$r[] = "$key=" . rawurlencode($value);
	return $method."&" . rawurlencode($baseURI) . '&' . rawurlencode(implode('&', $r));

function buildAuthorizationHeader($oauth) {
	$r = 'Authorization: OAuth ';
	$values = array();
	foreach($oauth as $key=>$value)
	$values[] = "$key="" . rawurlencode($value) . """;
	$r .= implode(', ', $values);
	return $r;

// Set up the oauth Authorization array
$oauth = array(
	'oauth_consumer_key' => $config['consumer_key'],
	'oauth_nonce' => time(),
	'oauth_signature_method' => 'HMAC-SHA1',
	'oauth_token' => $config['oauth_access_token'],
	'oauth_timestamp' => time(),
	'oauth_version' => '1.0'
$base_info = buildBaseString($base_url, 'GET', array_merge($oauth, $url_arguments));
$composite_key = rawurlencode($config['consumer_secret']) . '&' . rawurlencode($config['oauth_access_token_secret']);
$oauth_signature = base64_encode(hash_hmac('sha1', $base_info, $composite_key, true));
$oauth['oauth_signature'] = $oauth_signature;

// Make Requests
$header = array(
$options = array(
	//CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS => $postfields,
	CURLOPT_URL => $full_url,

$feed = curl_init();
curl_setopt_array($feed, $options);
$result = curl_exec($feed);
$info = curl_getinfo($feed);

// Send suitable headers to the end user.
if(isset($info['content_type']) && isset($info['size_download'])){
	header('Content-Type: '.$info['content_type']);
	header('Content-Length: '.$info['size_download']);



Be sure to update the $config variable with the tokens, keys and secrets provided by Twitter when you create an app on their developer site (this is free).

Usage is pretty simple, instead of pointing your JavaScript XML request to Twitter just point it to the file you created instead. For example:

$.getJSON('/twitter-proxy.php?url='+encodeURIComponent('statuses/user_timeline.json?screen_name=MikeRogers0&count=2'), function(d){});

Original topic by Mike Rogers.

5 Responses

  1. Iker says:

    This title is misleading. The OAuth is really done using PHP, you’re just using Javascript to make the ajax request with jQuery.

  2. Johannes says:


    I needed to read tweets within an Facebook Page Tab. So needed to change the Ajax request typo to “jsonp” to enable cross-domain requests.

    So i changed in PHP:
    //This builds a function-wrapper arround the json data

    Also, but I don’t know why, I needed do disable following line:
    header(‘Content-Length: ‘.$info[‘size_download’]);

    This seemed to cut some bytes off and the php didn’t generate a correct file (in my case at least).

    Script works like a charme. thanks alot.

  3. Sumit says:

    I’m having a really hard tome with OAuth right now. I’m trying this script on an API (Not twitter) and finally i get a successfull ajax call. But i recieve no data and i’ve no idea what to do next :-/

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