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PY: Get Follower And Following List

Tutorial pulls a list of the followers or authors being followed from the blockchain then displays the result.

Full, runnable src of Get Follower And Following List 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 authors being followed or authors that a specified user is following.


We are using the get_followers and get_following functions that are built into the beem library. These functions allow us to query the Hive blockchain in order to retrieve either a list of authors that are being followed or a list of authors that are currently following a specified user. There are 4 parameters required to execute these functions:

  1. account - The specific user for which the follower(ing) list will be retrieved
  2. start follower(ing) - The starting letter(s) or name for the search query. This value can be set as an empty string in order to include all authors starting from “a”
  3. follow type - This value is set to blog and includes all users following or being followed by the user. This is currently the only valid parameter value for this function to execute correctly.
  4. limit - The maximum number of lines that can be returned by the query

Also see:


  1. App setup - Library install and import
  2. Input variables - Collecting the required inputs via the UI
  3. Get followers/following Get the followers or users being followed
  4. Print output - Print results in output

1. App setup

In this tutorial we use 2 packages, pick - helps us to select the query type interactively. beem - hive library, interaction with Blockchain.

First we import both libraries and initialize Hive class

from pick import pick
# initialize Hive class
from beem import Hive
from beem.account import Account

hive = Hive()

2. Input variables

We assign two of the variables via a simple input from the UI.

# capture username
account = input("Username: ")
account = Account(account, blockchain_instance=hive)

# capture list limit
limit = input("Max number of followers(ing) to display: ")
limit = int(limit)

Next we make a list of the two list options available to the user, following or followers and setup pick.

# list type
title = 'Please choose the type of list: '
options = ['Follower', 'Following']

# get index and selected list name
option, index = pick(options, title)
print("List of " + option)

This will show the two options as a list to select in terminal/command prompt. From there we can determine which function to execute. We also display the choice on the UI for clarity.

3. Get followers/following

Now that we know which function we will be using, we can form the query to send to the blockchain. The selection is done with a simple if statement.

# create empty list
follows = []

# parameters for get_followers function:
# start_follower, follow_type, limit
if option=="Follower" :
  follows = account.get_followers()[:limit]
  follows = account.get_following()[:limit]

The output is captured.

4. Print output

Next, we will print the result.

# check if follower(ing) list is empty
if len(follows) == 0:
  print("No " + option + " information available")

print(*follows, sep='\n')

This is a fairly simple example of how to use these functions but we encourage you to play around with the parameters to gain further understanding of possible results.

Try it

Click the play button below:

To Run the tutorial

  1. review dev requirements
  2. git clone
  3. cd devportal/tutorials/python/19_get_follower_and_following_list
  4. pip install -r requirements.txt
  5. python
  6. After a few moments, you should see output in terminal/command prompt screen.