(October 2012) Tumblr has deprecated its v1 API, so that only reading functions now work in RTumblr. I'm currently looking at how to best implement the new OAuth API.


RTumblr is a R interface to the Tumblr API v1. It can be used to read and write tumblogs directly from R.

The main goal is to facilitate technical/R blogging directly from your R IDE. The end-to-end solution for this is not quite there yet.



First, you will need dependencies XML and RCurl.


For now, the easiest way to install RTumblr is to use the devtools package to get the latest version straight from Github. Install the devtools package if you do not have it yet:


Then load devtools and install RTumblr from Github.

install_github("RTumblr", username = "fcocquemas")

Reading from a tumblog

Reading from a given tumblog is easy and can be done without logging in.

url <- ""
tumblrRead(url, start=2, num=1)
tumblrRead(url, id=459009076)
tumblrRead(url, tagged="funny", filter="none")

To read drafts, queued and submitted posts from a tumblog you own, you need to authenticate with your email and password.

url2 <- "(YOU)"
user <- list(email="[email protected]", password="XXXXXX")
tumblrRead(url2, user=user, state="draft")

Getting information about your tumblogs

You can easily obtain information about your tumblogs.

user <- list(email="[email protected]", password="XXXXXX")

Writing to your tumblogs

This needs to be expanded (and tested more). Here is a basic example of writing a regular post.

url <- "(YOU)"
user <- list(email="[email protected]", password="XXXXXX")
regular_post <- list(type="regular", title="Lorem ipsum",
                     body="**Hello** _world_")
tumblrWrite(url, user, regular_post)

You can provide various parameters, e.g. here to send it to the drafts rather than publish directly, not sending a twitter update if they are set up, specifying a given (past) date, and that the input format is markdown.

tumblrWrite(url, user, regular_post, state="draft", send_to_twitter="no",
            date="2012-07-01 14:50:04", format="markdown")

Posting successfully will return a post ID, which you can reuse (in a post_id= parameter) to update the post, e.g. publish it from drafts.


RTumblr is released under the MIT licence.

fcocquemas/rtumblr documentation built on May 14, 2017, 12:16 a.m.