Twitter api awesome handling with retry

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Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'twitter_retry'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install twitter_retry


TwitterRetry.with_handing do
  # some twitter API code
  twitter.update("some tweet")
  • When twitter.update not raise error
    • return true
  • When twitter.update raise Twitter::Error::Forbidden (Your account is suspended and is not permitted to access this feature.)
    • raise TwitterRetry::SuspendedError
  • When twitter.update raise ignorable error (ex. Twitter::Error::Forbidden(User is over daily status update limit.))
    • error is squashed
    • return false
  • When twitter.update raise retryable error (ex. Twitter::Error::ServiceUnavailable(Over capacity))
    • retry 3 times with sleep 1 second
    • When successful in retry, return true
    • When all failure, raise TwitterRetry::RetryOverError

The algorithm is actually more concise in code: See TwitterRetry::Retryable


TwitterRetry.configure do |config|
  config.sleep_second     = 1
  config.max_retry_count  = 3
  config.retryable_errors << [Twitter::Error, "some error message"]
  config.ignorable_errors << [Twitter::Error, "some error message"]

See TwitterRetry::Config


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake rspec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.