Get Posts Using Facebook API

Minahil Faisal
 import logging
from fastapi import FastAPI, HTTPException
from fastapi.responses import RedirectResponse
from some_get_request_handler import handle_get_endpoint
from some_post_request_handler import handle_post_endpoint, Data
from facebook_posts_fetcher import fetch_facebook_posts

logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

app = FastAPI()

def fetch_posts():
        posts = fetch_facebook_posts()
        return {"success": True, "posts": posts}
    except HTTPException as e:
        logger.error(f"Failed to fetch Facebook posts: {e.detail}")
        return {"success": False, "error": e.detail}

@app.get("/", include_in_schema=False)
def root():
    return RedirectResponse(url='/docs')

About this template

An app for fetching a Facebook user's posts using the Facebook API. This app uses the FastAPI to create an endpoint to call the Facebook API for getting user posts according to the user id and access token we provide the app. You can customize this app to get Facebook group posts as well.

Introduction to the Facebook Posts Fetcher Template

Welcome to the Facebook Posts Fetcher template! This template is designed to help you quickly set up an application that fetches public posts from a Facebook user's wall using the Facebook Graph API. It's built on the FastAPI framework, which makes it easy to create API endpoints. This template is perfect for builders who want to integrate Facebook data into their applications without worrying about the complexities of API integration and server deployment.

Clicking Start with this Template

To begin using this template, simply click on the "Start with this Template" button. This will pre-populate the code in the Lazy Builder interface, so you won't need to copy, paste, or delete any code manually.

Initial Setup: Adding Environment Secrets

Before you can fetch posts from Facebook, you'll need to set up a couple of environment secrets within the Lazy Builder. These are the USER_ID and ACCESS_TOKEN which are essential for the Facebook Graph API to authenticate and retrieve the data.

To obtain these values, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Facebook Developer Portal and create a new app if you haven't already.
  • Under your app's settings, find the 'Access Tokens' section and generate a new access token with the required permissions to read public posts.
  • Note down the access token and the user ID of the Facebook account whose posts you want to fetch.

Once you have these values, enter them into the Environment Secrets tab within the Lazy Builder:

  • Click on the Environment Secrets tab.
  • Add a new secret with the key USER_ID and the value as the Facebook user ID.
  • Add another secret with the key ACCESS_TOKEN and the value as the Facebook access token.

Test: Pressing the Test Button

With the environment secrets set up, you're ready to test the application. Press the "Test" button to begin the deployment of the app. Lazy will handle the deployment process, and you won't need to install any libraries or set up your environment.

Using the App

Once the app is deployed, Lazy will provide you with a dedicated server link to use the API. Additionally, since this template uses FastAPI, you will also be provided with a link to the API documentation at /docs where you can test the endpoints directly.

To fetch Facebook posts, send a GET request to the /fetch-facebook-posts/ endpoint using the server link provided by Lazy. You will receive a JSON response with the public posts from the specified Facebook user's wall.

Here's a sample request you might make to the API:

GET /fetch-facebook-posts/
Host: [Your Lazy Server Link]

And a sample response you might receive:

  "success": true,
  "posts": [
      "created_time": "2023-01-01T12:00:00+0000",
      "message": "Happy New Year!",
      "id": "1234567890123456_1234567890123456"
    // ... more posts

Integrating the App

If you wish to integrate this functionality into an existing service or frontend, you can use the server link provided by Lazy to make API calls from your application. Ensure that you handle the authentication and permissions correctly to access the Facebook API.

For example, if you're building a web application, you might make an AJAX call to the Lazy server link to fetch and display the posts:

fetch('[Your Lazy Server Link]/fetch-facebook-posts/')
  .then(response => response.json())
  .then(data => {
    // Process and display the posts on your webpage
  .catch(error => console.error('Error fetching posts:', error));

Remember to replace [Your Lazy Server Link] with the actual server link provided after deployment.

By following these steps, you can easily set up and integrate the Facebook Posts Fetcher app into your project using the Lazy platform.

Last published
July 20, 2024

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