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Hacker News

A Python-based CLI for working with Hacker News.

Requirements

Requirements can be installed directly by using:

pip install -r requirements.txt

Using hackernews from command line

Help

hackernews.py -h

Cookies

By default, hackernews uses a built-in cookie system. It saves the file hackernews.cookie to the base directory. To disable the use of cookies:

hackernews.py <command> --no-cookies

When cookies are turned off, two additional requests are needed per-command to retrieve proper login info.

Saved items

Retrieve a user's latest saved items, and print the output as JSON (default):

hackernews.py saved -u 'username' -p 'password'

Retrieve all saved items, and print the output as XML (this might take a while):

hackernews.py saved --all -e xml -u 'username' -p 'password'

Help for the saved subcommand:

hackernews.py saved -h

Comments

Retrieve a user's comment threads, and print the output as JSON (default):

hackernews.py comments -u 'username' -p 'password'

Retrieve all comments, and print the output as XML (this might take a while):

hackernews.py comments --all -e xml -u 'username' -p 'password'

Don't show owner's comments (the logged-in user); this is useful for a feed of replies to your comments:

hackernews.py comments --no-owner -u 'username' -p 'password'

Help for the comments subcommand:

hackernews.py comments -h

Using hackernews from a python app

import hackernews
hackernews.saved(username='username', password='password', all=True) # and so on