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retrieves the stats (clapCount, voterCount, responseCount, and readingTime) of Medium posts

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On this article, I’ll clarify the way to retrieve the stats ( claps rely, voter rely, response rely, and studying time) of Medium feed posts utilizing a REST API, the dearth of this characteristic within the Medium RSS feed is what motivated me to create this superior Medium API. That is my forty first Medium article.

I wished to acquire the stats ( claps rely, voter rely, response rely, and studying time) of my Medium posts whereas engaged on my private web site growth. 2 years earlier than after I implement the medium widget to my web site I discovered Pixelpoint.io which generated a widget with clap counts of a medium publish. At that second I questioned how they carried out it? Then I overlook to analysis it however final month I discovered that pixelpoint.io’s widget will not be working. I regarded all over the place for an answer to my wants however couldn’t discover one, so I had no selection however to code it myself.

My preliminary instinct was to take a look at the RSS feed however there have been no such particulars are supplied then I regarded on the official documentation of the general public REST API by Medium, and nothing was there both. The Medium REST API solely means that you can create a Medium article by HTTP POST technique(cf part 3.3). You’ll be able to’t retrieve or edit a Medium article through the use of the Medium API 😔.

As a way to get an understanding of how the helpful stats are retrieved within the Medium publish, I began to examine the Medium utilizing browser developer instruments. Shockingly, there was no request to acquire the stats amongst all of the XHR calls, which push me to take a look at the HTML response of the Medium publish.

Inspecting a Medium publish web page.
curl https://medium.com/p/unique_Id_of_the_post >> publish.html

As a javascript variable, the claps rely, voter rely, response rely, and studying time are straight injected into the HTML response. You’ll be able to confirm that by typing console.log(window.__APOLLO_STATE__); within the Javascript console of the Submit web page.

window.__APOLLO_STATE__ object

Then I scrape these helpful stats utilizing request and cheerio .

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In a medium publish, knowledge comes as JSON in a script tag. By utilizing javascript, these knowledge are picked up and rendered in DOM on the browser-side. Normally, knowledge in a script tag takes this manner:

Then I scrape Medium publish knowledge with no headless browser.

First, I get the web site and search for errors. Then I confirmed whether or not the physique exists, and cargo the physique utilizing cheerio in $ . In attempt block, all of the tag script contents are mapped in an array. Then discover the ingredient which incorporates window.__APOLLO_STATE__ , exchange the project window.__APOLLO_STATE__ = with an empty string. I exchange the /"/g with ‘"’ and parse with JSON.parse . Lastly, get the suitable values from the JSON.

The benefits of this method over headless browsers are tremendous quick and takes manner much less processing and assets.

You could possibly ready to make use of the Superior Medium API that I developed as follows:

There are 5 forms of requests. you possibly can be capable of get all of the responses through the use of HTTP GETtechnique.

Medium feed in JSON

You could possibly capable of get the RSS feed of the final 10 Medium posts through the use of the next hyperlinks (exchange your username as an alternative of @username ).

medium.com/feed/@username 
or
username.medium.com/feed

The next request of the API offers the direct JSON conversion of that RSS Feed.

curl https://advanced-medium-api.herokuapp.com/medium/consumer/{userId}

Medium Superior Information

You could possibly capable of get the Medium feed in JSON with the lacking a part of the Medium feed resembling clapCount, voterCount, responseCount, readingTime. every lacking knowledge injected in each publish(gadgets) object.

The next request of the API offers the JSON conversion of the RSS feed with the injection of lacking knowledge.

curl https://advanced-medium-api.herokuapp.com/superior/consumer/{userId}

Medium Personalized Information

JSON conversion of the Medium RSS feed is personalized in keeping with the classes. Order the Medium publish’s tags in keeping with their use rely among the many newest 10 posts and the tagOrder return that tags’ order rank. Medium’s newest 10 posts had been divided by 3 and each 3 posts had been pushed in an array and people arrays had been pushed in a single array. There may be an algorithm that returns essentially the most appropriate tag for the Medium publish among the many different tags of that Medium publish.

The next request of the API offers the personalized model of the Medium feed in JSON

curl https://advanced-medium-api.herokuapp.com/personalized/consumer/{userId}

Medium Personalized Superior Information

This response accommodates the Medium personalized knowledge with the injection of lacking stats resembling clapCount, voterCount, responseCount, readingTime.

The next request of the API offers the personalized model of the Medium feed in JSON with the lacking a part of the Medium feed.

curl https://advanced-medium-api.herokuapp.com/superior/personalized/consumer/{userId}

Lacking knowledge of a selected publish.

This response accommodates solely the lacking half (clapCount, voterCount, responseCount, readingTime) of Medium feed for a selected Medium publish.

Request 💻 ➡ 🌎 :

curl https://advanced-medium-api.herokuapp.com/medium/publish/{postId}

Response 🌎➡💻 :

{
"clapCount": 98,
"responseCount": 4,
"voterCount": 12,
"readingTime": 4
}

This API is Open Supply and I welcome your contributions. final 2 years I used the medium widget from Pixelpoint.io which generated a widget with clap counts of a medium publish. I didn’t do analysis to get the lacking a part of the Medium feed after I used Pixelpoint.io. however 2 months earlier than Pixelpoint.io will not be working and this incident impacts my private web site. Due to this fact I pushed myself and created this API.

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