I made a script to get the current number of users and instances of the new Mastodon social network. The script will download the information from the handy json file these great guys maintain, and then add the information to a local Sqlite3 database. This is for Python 3. Have a look.

import json
import locale
import sqlite3
import time

import requests

def create_db():
    """ Check if DB exists and the tables are there. Create it if not found. """
    database_file = 'data.db'    
    connection = sqlite3.connect(database=database_file)
    cursor = connection.cursor()

    cursor.execute('CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS mastodon_users (`users` INTEGER UNSIGNED, `instances` INTEGER UNSIGNED, `timestamp` INTEGER UNSIGNED)')


def insert_values_in_db(user_count, server_count):
    """ Insert user and instance count values in database """
    database_file = 'data.db'
    connection = sqlite3.connect(database=database_file)
    cursor = connection.cursor()

    cursor.execute('INSERT INTO mastodon_users VALUES (?, ?, ?)', [user_count, server_count, int(time.time())])


locale.setlocale(locale.LC_ALL, 'en_US')

link = 'https://instances.mastodon.xyz/instances.json'r = requests.get(link)
rjson = json.loads(r.text)

users = 0
servers = 0
for item in rjson:
    users = users + item['users']

    servers = servers + 1
users_formatted = locale.format("%d", users, grouping=True)
servers_formatted = locale.format("%d", servers, grouping=True)

print("%s users on %s servers." % (users_formatted, servers_formatted))

insert_values_in_db(user_count=users, server_count=servers)