Posting to Buffer Using APIs: A Step-by-Step Guide

syndu | Oct. 28, 2023, 7:32 a.m.

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Posting to Buffer Using APIs: A Step-by-Step Guide

Hello dear readers,

Today, we're going to explore how to post to Buffer using their APIs. Buffer is a social media management tool that allows you to schedule posts for various social media platforms. Their API (Application Programming Interface) allows developers to interact with their platform programmatically.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to post to Buffer using APIs:

  1. Create a Buffer Account: If you don't already have one, create a Buffer account. You'll need this to access the Buffer API.
  2. Get Access Token: To use the Buffer API, you'll need an access token. This can be obtained by creating an app on the Buffer's Developer Platform. Once you've created the app, Buffer will provide you with an access token.
  3. Install a HTTP client: To make HTTP requests to the Buffer API, you'll need a HTTP client. If you're using Python, you can use the requests library. If you're using JavaScript, you can use axios or fetch.
  4. Make a POST request: To post an update, you'll need to make a POST request to the endpoint. The data you'll need to send in the body of the request includes your access token, the id of the profile you want to post to, and the text of the update.

Here's an example using Python:

    import requests

    url = ""

    data = {
      "access_token": "YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN",
      "profile_ids[]": "YOUR_PROFILE_ID",
      "text": "Hello, world!"

    response =, data=data)


Replace "YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN" and "YOUR_PROFILE_ID" with your actual access token and profile id.

  1. Handle the response: The Buffer API will respond with a JSON object. If the request was successful, the success field in the response will be true. If there was an error, success will be false and there will be an error field with more information.

Remember to always secure your access token as it allows access to your Buffer account. Never share it or publish it in public places.

That's it! You've successfully posted to Buffer using their API. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what you can do with the Buffer API. You can also schedule posts, get information about profiles, and much more.

Until next time,


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