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FireAnt (Filter, Identify, Report, and Export Analysis Toolkit) is a freeware social media and data analysis toolkit with built-in visualization tools including time-series, geo-position (map), and network (graph) plotting.

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Older Versions

All previous releases of FireAnt can be found at the following link. <.exe> files are for Windows. <.zip> files are for Macintosh OS X. <.tar.gz> files are for Linux.

User Support

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Frequent asked questions (FAQ)

  1. How do you use the main tool while collecting Twitter data?
    • Just double-click on the icon of the executable (exe) and start a new instance.

Development Roadmap

My current tentative plans.

Status Description
Under development
  • Speeding up the processing of large files.
Plans for 2017
and beyond
  • Your suggestions come here...

Citing/Referencing FireAnt

Use the following method to cite/reference FireAnt according to the APA style guide:

Anthony, L. and Hardaker, C. (YEAR OF RELEASE). FireAnt (Version VERSION NUMBER) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from

For example if you download FireAnt 1.0, which was released in 2016, you would cite/reference it as follows:

Anthony, L. and Hardaker, C. (2016). FireAnt (Version 1.0) [Computer Software]. Tokyo, Japan: Waseda University. Available from

Note that the APA instructions are not entirely clear about citing software, and it is debatable whether or not the "Available from ..." statement is needed. See here for more details.


The development of this software was supported by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, grant references: ES/K002155/1 and ES/L008874/1.