In this post, I am sharing how we can get all the comments of a Facebook Post/Note by using Facebook API.
Recently, I tried to retrieve comments on my Facebook Notes by using Facebook Note API, but I found that Note API had been depreciated and could not be used.
I thought that I won’t be able to get comments on my Facebook Notes . But, I finally found a way to do so after playing with API for some days.
Many users may be trying to get all the comments on their Facebook Notes as Notes may contain many important links, tutorials,etc. This method can also be used for getting comments of Facebook Posts also.
Facebook Notes can be considered similar to that of Facebook Posts. To get comments of any facebook Note/Post, we need its unique post-id whose prefix part is always profile-id_ and last part is numerical part of Note URL.
You need to visit https://developers.facebook.com/tools/explorer/ and get your Graph API Access Token for using Facebook Graph API Explorer .Just selelct all those permission which you want to use.
Getting Facebook Profile Name & ID:
Selecting any Facebook Note/Post and getting its last Numerical part of URL:
Getting Facebook Note/Post post-id
Now, we can easily form this Note post-id by adding profile-id and last numerical part of URL as shown in screenshot( profile-id +underscore + last numerical part of URL).
By using the above method we can easily get Facebook Note ID .But, we have to do things manually each time for different posts/notes each time we want to retrieve comments. So, this method will inefficient.Thus, we should use different method as described below.
1. python 3
2. facebook-sdk (python module)
you can easily install facebook-sdk by using pip as shown below:
pip install facebook-sdk
Download the above file and Extract it. Change your working directory to the directory where you extracted the files.
Edit fb_notes.py with your access token & other options as described below , then run the python script as shown below.
If you see the second screenshot, you can see that I had created my Facebook Note on 10 February 2017. I have used that date in my code to get posts created on that day .Using this approach, we can limit time-period to get posts and their post-id. Thus, this approach makes work easy.
You should use your own Facebook Note/Post date on which you created it.
1. Getting Facebook Profile Name & ID :
import facebook token = "YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN" account_data = graph.get_object("me") print("Name:", account_data["name"]) print("Profile ID: ", account_data["id"])
2. Selecting Facebook Note/Post & Getting its post-id
posts = graph.get_object("me/feed?since=10 February 2017 & until=11 February 2017") note_data = posts["data"] print("Post/Note Title: ",note_data["message"]) note_postid = note_data["id"] print("Post/ Note ID: ", note_postid)
3. Getting Comments & total number of comments
# get comment data . Not all comments will be returned by facebook API comments_data = graph.get_object(note_postid + "/comments") # get total number of comments comments_data = graph.get_object(note_postid + "?fields=comments.summary(true)") comments_count = comments_data["comments"]["summary"]["total_count"] print("Post/Note Comments count: ", comments_count)
4. Getting total comments on Facebook Note/Post
comments_data = graph.get_object(note_postid + "/comments?limit=" + str(comments_count)) cc = 0 print("No.","\t", "Comment") for comment in comments_data["data"]: print(cc," ", comment["message"]) cc += 1
Now,edit your access token & other things as described above depending upon your requirements, then run the python script as shown below.
We can also save the comments in a file for later use.By using the above methods , we can get Facebook Notes/Posts comments and other data.
I hope this post will be useful for them who want to use Facebook API & its python SDK.
If you have any questions or you face any problem, please post them in comments.
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