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Instagram Crawler Build Status

Below is what you can do with this program:

  • Get Instagram posts/profile/hashtag data without using Instagram API.
  • Like posts automatically.

This crawler could fail due to updates on instagram’s website. If you encounter any problems, please contact me.


  1. Make sure you have Chrome browser installed.
  2. Download chromedriver and put it into bin folder: ./inscrawler/bin/chromedriver
  3. Install Selenium: pip3 install -r requirements.txt
  4. cp inscrawler/ inscrawler/

User Auth

  1. Open inscrawler/ file.
  2. Change the username and password variables' value to the ones corresponding to your Instagram account.
username = 'my_ig_username'
password = '***********'



positional arguments:
    options: [posts, posts_full, profile, hashtag]

optional arguments:
  -n NUMBER, --number NUMBER
                        number of returned posts
  -u USERNAME, --username USERNAME
                        instagram's username
  -t TAG, --tag TAG     instagram's tag name
  -o OUTPUT, --output OUTPUT
                        output file name(json format)

  --debug               see how the program automates the browser

  --fetch_comments      fetch comments
  # Turning on the flag might take forever to fetch data if there are too many commnets.

  --fetch_likes_plays   fetch like/play number

  --fetch_likers        fetch all likers
  # Instagram might have rate limit for fetching likers. Turning on the flag might take forever to fetch data if there are too many likes.

  --fetch_mentions      fetch users who are mentioned in the caption/comments (startwith @)

  --fetch_hashtags      fetch hashtags in the caption/comments (startwith #)

  --fetch_details       fetch username and photo caption
  # only available for "hashtag" search


python posts_full -u cal_foodie -n 100 -o ./output
python posts_full -u cal_foodie -n 10 --fetch_likers --fetch_likes_plays
python posts_full -u cal_foodie -n 10 --fetch_comments
python profile -u cal_foodie -o ./output
python hashtag -t taiwan -o ./output
python hashtag -t taiwan -o ./output --fetch_details
python posts -u cal_foodie -n 100 -o ./output # deprecated
  1. Choose mode posts, you will get url, caption, first photo for each post; choose mode posts_full, you will get url, caption, all photos, time, comments, number of likes and views for each posts. Mode posts_full will take way longer than mode posts. [posts is deprecated. For the recent posts, there is no quick way to get the post caption]
  2. Return default 100 hashtag posts(mode: hashtag) and all user's posts(mode: posts) if not specifying the number of post -n, --number.
  3. Print the result to the console if not specifying the output path of post -o, --output.
  4. It takes much longer to get data if the post number is over about 1000 since Instagram has set up the rate limit for data request.
  5. Don't use this repo crawler Instagram if the user has more than 10000 posts.

The data format of posts: screen shot 2018-10-11 at 2 33 09 pm

The data format of posts_full: Screen Shot 2019-03-17 at 11 02 24 PM


Liker Preivew

Set up your username/password in or set them as environment variables.


positional arguments:

optional arguments:
  -n NUMBER, --number NUMBER (default 1000)
                        number of posts to like


python foodie

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