POST statuses/update_with_media (deprecated)

This endpoint has been DEPRECATED should no longer be used. This endpoint does not support multiple images, animated GIFs, or video. Replacement method: follow the Uploading media guide to upload one or more media entities, and then use POST statuses/update to attach them to a Tweet.

Updates the authenticated user’s current status and attaches media for upload. This creates a Tweet with a (single) picture attached.

Unlike POST statuses/update, this method expects raw multipart data. The POST request’s Content-Type should be set to multipart/form-data with the media[] parameter.

The Tweet text will be rewritten to include the media URL(s), which will reduce the number of characters allowed in the Tweet text. If the URL(s) cannot be appended without text truncation, the Tweet will be rejected and this method will return an HTTP 403 error.

Users are limited to a specific daily media upload limit. Requests to this endpoint will return the following headers with information regarding the user’s current media upload limits:

  • x-mediaratelimit-limit - Indicates the total pieces of media the current user may upload before the time indicated in x-mediaratelimit-reset.
  • x-mediaratelimit-remaining - The remaining pieces of media the current user may upload before the time indicated in x-mediaratelimit-reset.
  • x-mediaratelimit-reset - A UTC-based timestamp (in seconds) indicating when x-mediaratelimit-remaining will reset to the value in x-mediaratelimit-limit and the user can resume uploading media.

If the user is over the daily media limit, this method will return an HTTP 403 error. In addition to media upload limits, the user is also limited in the number of statuses they can publish daily. If the user tries to exceed the number of updates allowed, this method will also return an HTTP 403 error, similar to POST statuses/update.

There is a 30 second timeout for this endpoint, so network latency may prevent media being posted successfully.

OAuth is handled differently for POST messages. See Uploading Media for more details on this.

Resource URL

Resource Information

Response formats JSON
Requires authentication? Yes (user context only)
Rate limited? Yes


Name Required Description Default Value Example
status required The text of your status update. URL encode as necessary. link wrapping may affect character counts if the post contains URLs. You must additionally account for the characters_reserved_per_media per uploaded media, additionally accounting for space characters in between finalized URLs. Note : Request the GET help / configuration endpoint to get the current characters_reserved_per_media and max_media_per_upload values.    
media[] required Up to max_media_per_upload files may be specified in the request, each named media[] . Supported image formats are PNG, JPG and GIF, including animated GIFs of up to 3MB . This data must be either the raw image bytes or encoded as base64. Note : Request the GET help / configuration endpoint to get the current max_media_per_upload and photo_size_limit values.    
possibly_sensitive optional Set to true for content which may not be suitable for every audience.    
in_reply_to_status_id optional The ID of an existing status that the update is in reply to. Note : This parameter will be ignored unless the author of the Tweet this parameter references is mentioned within the status text. Therefore, you must include @username , where username is the author of the referenced Tweet, within the update.    
lat optional The latitude of the location this Tweet refers to. This parameter will be ignored unless it is inside the range -90.0 to +90.0 (North is positive) inclusive. It will also be ignored if there isn’t a corresponding long parameter.   37.7821120598956
long optional The longitude of the location this Tweet refers to. The valid ranges for longitude is -180.0 to +180.0 (East is positive) inclusive. This parameter will be ignored if outside that range, not a number, geo_enabled is disabled, or if there not a corresponding lat parameter.   -122.400612831116
place_id optional A place in the world identified by a Twitter place ID. Place IDs can be retrieved from geo/reverse_geocode.   df51dec6f4ee2b2c
display_coordinates optional Whether or not to put a pin on the exact coordinates a Tweet has been sent from.   true
enable_dm_commands optional When set to true, enables shortcode commands for sending Direct Messages as part of the status text to send a Direct Message to a user. When set to false, disables this behavior and includes any leading characters in the status text. true true
fail_dm_commands optional When set to true, causes any status text that starts with shortcode commands to return an API error. When set to false, allows shortcode commands to be sent in the status text and acted on by the API. false false

Example Request

Note: The example request here demonstrates the multipart request format.

POST /1.1/statuses/update_with_media.json HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Go http package
Content-Length: 15532
Authorization: OAuth oauth_consumer_key="...", oauth_nonce="...", oauth_signature="...", oauth_signature_method="HMAC-SHA1", oauth_timestamp="1347058301", oauth_token="...", oauth_version="1.0"
Content-Type: multipart/form-data;boundary=cce6735153bf14e47e999e68bb183e70a1fa7fc89722fc1efdf03a917340
Accept-Encoding: gzip

Content-Disposition: form-data; name="status" Hello 2012-09-07 15:51:41.375247 -0700 PDT!

Content-Type: application/octet-stream
Content-Disposition: form-data; name="media[]"; filename="media.png" ...
  "contributors": null,
  "coordinates": null,
  "created_at": "Fri Sep 07 22:46:18 +0000 2012",
  "entities": {
    "hashtags": [],
    "media": [
        "display_url": "",
        "expanded_url": "",
        "id": 244204973989187584,
        "id_str": "244204973989187584",
        "indices": [
        "media_url": "",
        "media_url_https": "",
        "sizes": {
          "large": {
            "h": 175,
            "resize": "fit",
            "w": 333
          "medium": {
            "h": 175,
            "resize": "fit",
            "w": 333
          "small": {
            "h": 175,
            "resize": "fit",
            "w": 333
          "thumb": {
            "h": 150,
            "resize": "crop",
            "w": 150
        "type": "photo",
        "url": ""
    "urls": [],
    "user_mentions": []
  "favorited": false,
  "geo": null,
  "id": 244204973972410368,
  "id_str": "244204973972410368",
  "in_reply_to_screen_name": null,
  "in_reply_to_status_id": null,
  "in_reply_to_status_id_str": null,
  "in_reply_to_user_id": null,
  "in_reply_to_user_id_str": null,
  "place": null,
  "possibly_sensitive": false,
  "retweet_count": 0,
  "retweeted": false,
  "source": "Fakekurrik's Test Application",
  "text": "Hello 2012-09-07 15:48:27.889593 -0700 PDT!",
  "truncated": false,
  "user": {
    "contributors_enabled": false,
    "created_at": "Fri Sep 09 16:13:20 +0000 2011",
    "default_profile": false,
    "default_profile_image": false,
    "description": "I am just a testing account, following me probably won't gain you very much",
    "entities": {
      "description": {
        "urls": []
      "url": {
        "urls": [
            "display_url": null,
            "expanded_url": null,
            "indices": [
            "url": ""
    "favourites_count": 1,
    "follow_request_sent": false,
    "followers_count": 2,
    "following": false,
    "friends_count": 5,
    "geo_enabled": true,
    "id": 370773112,
    "id_str": "370773112",
    "is_translator": false,
    "lang": "en",
    "listed_count": 0,
    "location": "Trapped in factory",
    "name": "fakekurrik",
    "notifications": false,
    "profile_background_color": "C0DEED",
    "profile_background_image_url": "",
    "profile_background_image_url_https": "",
    "profile_background_tile": true,
    "profile_image_url": "",
    "profile_image_url_https": "",
    "profile_link_color": "0084B4",
    "profile_sidebar_border_color": "C0DEED",
    "profile_sidebar_fill_color": "FFFFFF",
    "profile_text_color": "333333",
    "profile_use_background_image": true,
    "protected": true,
    "screen_name": "fakekurrik",
    "show_all_inline_media": false,
    "statuses_count": 546,
    "time_zone": "Pacific Time (US & Canada)",
    "url": "",
    "utc_offset": -28800,
    "verified": false