C++ wrapper for the Mastodon API.
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mastodon-cpp is a C++ wrapper for the Mastodon API.
The library takes care of the network stuff. You submit a query and get the raw
JSON. You can then put that JSON into easy to use classes.



The HTML reference can be generated with build_doc.sh, if doxygen is installed. It is also available at
There are examples in examples/.

Upgrading from below 0.13.0

  • You have to recompile all applications linking against this library.
  • We use a mutex now to guard the string that is being written to. You can get a reference to it with Mastodon::API::http::get_mutex() (see examples 9 and 13 for more info). This is only relevant for streams.

Upgrading from below 0.10.0

Mastodon::API::get, ::get_stream, ::post, ::put and ::del don’t take
std::string as parameter to API-calls anymore, only parametermaps. The old behaviour is
still supported but is deprecated and will be removed in version 1.0.0.

Upgrading from below 0.7.0

Your projects will break, sorry. Here are the important changes:

  • The header location has changed. They are now in mastodon-cpp/.
  • Specific network error messages have been replaced by 15, “Network error”.
    You can get the exceptions from curlpp with Mastodon::API::exceptions(true).

Most basic example

#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <mastodon-cpp/mastodon-cpp.hpp>

int main()
    Mastodon::API masto("social.example.com", "auth_token");
    std::string answer;
    masto.get(Mastodon::API::v1::accounts_verify_credentials, answer);
    std::cout << answer << '\n';

Another simple example

Using the Easy-class.

#include <iostream>
#include <string>
#include <vector>
#include <mastodon-cpp/mastodon-cpp.hpp>
#include <mastodon-cpp/easy/all.hpp>

using Mastodon::Easy;

int main()
    Easy masto("social.example", "");
    std::string answer;
    masto.get(Mastodon::API::v1::timelines_public, answer);

    for (const std::string &str : Easy::json_array_to_vector(answer))
        Easy::Status status(str);
        std::cout << "  " << status.account().acct() << " wrote:\n";
        std::cout << status.content() << '\n';

Compiling your project

A project consisting of one file can be compiled as follows:

g++ -std=c++14 -lmastodon-cpp example.cpp

Error codes

mastodon-cpp will never use error codes below 11, except 0.

Code Explanation
0 No error
11 Invalid call
12 Not implemented
13 URL changed (HTTP 301 or 308)
14 Aborted by user
15 Network error (curlpp exception)
100 - 999 HTTP status codes
65535 Unknown error

If you use a debug build, you get more verbose error messages. Errors 20-25 are no longer in use (since 0.8.9).



Every release includes
packages for the package managers of Gentoo, Debian and Red Hat.


Add my repository and
install it from there.

eselect repository enable tastytea
echo 'dev-cpp/mastodon-cpp ~amd64' >> /etc/portage/package.keywords/mastodon-cpp
emaint sync -r tastytea
emerge -a dev-cpp/mastodon-cpp

Or put the ebuild into your local overlay and run ebuild <ebuild path> manifest.
Install with emerge mastodon-cpp.


Prebuilt DEB and RPM packages for x86_64(amd64) are provided with each release.
These packages are automatically built and not tested.
Install with dpkg -i or rpm -i, respectively.

To use the DEB package on stretch, you will need libcurlpp0 from buster.

From source


  • Tested OS: Linux
  • C++ compiler (tested: gcc 6.3 / 7.3)
  • cmake (tested: 3.9 / 3.11)
  • pkgconfig (tested: 0.29)
  • libcurl (tested: 7.60 / 7.52)
  • curlpp (tested: 0.8 / 0.7)
  • Optional
    • Easy interface & Examples: jsoncpp (tested: 1.8 / 1.7)
    • Documentation: doxygen (tested: 1.8)
    • DEB package: dpkg (tested: 1.18)
    • RPM package: rpm (tested: 4.12)

Get sourcecode


Download the current release at schlomp.space.

Development version

git clone https://schlomp.space/tastytea/mastodon-cpp.git


mkdir build
cd build/
cmake ..

cmake options:

  • -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug for a debug build
  • -DWITHOUT_EASY=ON to not build the Easy abstractions and to get rid of the jsoncpp-dependency (not recommended)
  • -DWITH_EXAMPLES=ON if you want to compile the examples
  • -DWITH_TESTS=ON if you want to compile the tests
  • -DWITH_DOC=ON if you want to compile the HTML reference
  • -DWITH_DEB=ON if you want to be able to generate a deb-package
  • -DWITH_RPM=ON if you want to be able to generate an rpm-package

You can run the tests with ctest .. inside the build directory.
To install, run make install.



Put the ebuild from packages/gentoo into your local overlay and rename it to match the desired version or use the live-ebuild (mastodon-cpp-9999.ebuild) to install the development version.


Compile with -DWITH_DEB=ON or -DWITH_RPM=ON.
Run make package from the build directory to generate a DEB/RPM package.


Run make package from the build directory to generate a tar.gz archive.

Status of implementation

Feature complete as of Mastodon 2.4.1

  • GET /api/v1/accounts/:id
  • GET /api/v1/accounts/verify_credentials
  • PATCH /api/v1/accounts/update_credentials
  • GET /api/v1/accounts/:id/followers
  • GET /api/v1/accounts/:id/following
  • GET /api/v1/accounts/:id/statuses
  • POST /api/v1/accounts/:id/follow
  • POST /api/v1/accounts/:id/unfollow
  • POST /api/v1/accounts/:id/block
  • POST /api/v1/accounts/:id/unblock
  • POST /api/v1/accounts/:id/mute
  • POST /api/v1/accounts/:id/unmute
  • GET /api/v1/accounts/relationships
  • GET /api/v1/accounts/search
  • POST /api/v1/apps
  • GET /api/v1/blocks
  • GET /api/v1/domain_blocks
  • POST /api/v1/domain_blocks
  • DELETE /api/v1/domain_blocks
  • GET /api/v1/favourites
  • GET /api/v1/follow_requests
  • POST /api/v1/follow_requests/:id/authorize
  • POST /api/v1/follow_requests/:id/reject
  • POST /api/v1/follows
  • GET /api/v1/instance
  • GET /api/v1/custom_emojis
  • GET /api/v1/lists
  • GET /api/v1/accounts/:id/lists
  • GET /api/v1/lists/:id/accounts
  • GET /api/v1/lists/:id
  • POST /api/v1/lists
  • PUT /api/v1/lists/:id
  • DELETE /api/v1/lists/:id
  • POST /api/v1/lists/:id/accounts
  • DELETE /api/v1/lists/:id/accounts
  • POST /api/v1/media
  • PUT /api/v1/media/:id
  • GET /api/v1/mutes
  • GET /api/v1/notifications
  • GET /api/v1/notifications/:id
  • POST /api/v1/notifications/clear
  • POST /api/v1/notifications/dismiss
  • GET /api/v1/reports
  • POST /api/v1/reports
  • GET /api/v1/search
  • GET /api/v1/statuses/:id
  • GET /api/v1/statuses/:id/context
  • GET /api/v1/statuses/:id/card
  • GET /api/v1/statuses/:id/reblogged_by
  • GET /api/v1/statuses/:id/favourited_by
  • POST /api/v1/statuses
  • DELETE /api/v1/statuses/:id
  • POST /api/v1/statuses/:id/reblog
  • POST /api/v1/statuses/:id/unreblog
  • POST /api/v1/statuses/:id/favourite
  • POST /api/v1/statuses/:id/unfavourite
  • POST /api/v1/statuses/:id/pin
  • POST /api/v1/statuses/:id/unpin
  • POST /api/v1/statuses/:id/mute
  • POST /api/v1/statuses/:id/unmute
  • GET /api/v1/timelines/home
  • GET /api/v1/timelines/public
  • GET /api/v1/timelines/tag/:hashtag
  • GET /api/v1/timelines/list/:list_id
  • GET /api/v1/streaming/user
  • GET /api/v1/streaming/public
  • GET /api/v1/streaming/public/local
  • GET /api/v1/streaming/hashtag
  • GET /api/v1/streaming/list
  • POST /api/v1/push/subscription
  • GET /api/v1/push/subscription
  • PUT /api/v1/push/subscription
  • DELETE /api/v1/push/subscription
  • GET /api/v2/search


Copyright © 2018 tastytea <tastytea@tastytea.de>.
License GPLv3: GNU GPL version 3 <https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.html>.
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is free software,
and you are welcome to redistribute it under certain conditions.