I've been trying to find a way using Twitter Advanced Search to return retweets made by a certain user. I'm trying to use a 3rd party tool called Twools to pull just retweets using a search. I've tried using this query, but it doesn't seem to return any retweets.

from:username include:retweets

I'm not sure such a thing exists, but I'd love if there were something like

from:username onlyinclude:retweets

Is there any secret search syntax that might be usable?

  • Just to clarify, what do you mean by "made by"? Is "username" the person who retweeted or the person who made the original tweet?
    – rakslice
    May 15, 2016 at 19:23
  • In this instance it would be all retweets of other users made by "username".
    – jbwharris
    Jun 7, 2016 at 20:11

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As @AlexVong noted in the comments, you can find the new referential retweets by using:

from:username include:nativeretweets filter:nativeretweets


It seems like the syntax for showing all the retweets by a user is supposed to be:

from:username include:retweets filter:retweets

However, it seems all of this search syntax is broken in "modern" Twitter, where retweets are treated as a reference to the original tweet, rather than a separate "RT @originaluser stuff and things" tweet from the retweeter. filter:retweets picks up any tweet that happens to contain the word "RT" anywhere in the tweet but not actual retweets anymore.

  • It may not work in Twitter proper, but it does happen to work in Twools when doing a Twitter search, which is pretty awesome.
    – jbwharris
    Jun 7, 2016 at 20:09
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    @jbwharris from:username include:nativeretweets filter:nativeretweets seems to display recent retweets but not older retweets. Does anyone know of a way to display all retweets of a user?
    – Alex Vong
    Mar 18, 2019 at 19:30
  • @AlexVong are you able find a way to get old retweets also ? Jan 16, 2020 at 13:55
  • @AlexVong - fantastic find. Works! How did you discover include:nativeretweets please if you don't mind sharing? Feb 22, 2020 at 18:40
  • @thanks_in_advance I don't know if this is how they found out about it, but it is shown in the examples list in Twitter's documentation for TweetDeck help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/advanced-tweetdeck-features
    – rakslice
    May 16, 2020 at 3:20

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