A Ruby wrapper for the Instagram API
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A Ruby wrapper for the Instagram API. You can see the api endpoints here https://www.instagram.com/developer/endpoints/


Install gem in your ruby project

gem install instagram_api_client

or just add to it your Gemfile

gem 'instagram_api_client'

if you are on the Rails and run bundle


Before you start making the requests to instagram API provide the access_token using the configuration wrapping. If you are going to use Subscriptions you should add client_id and client_secret.

InstagramApi.config do |config|
  config.access_token = 'put your token here'
  config.client_id = 'put your client ID here'
  config.client_secret = 'put your client secret here'

As for now Instagram access token doesn't change or expire, so you can use this simple-to-use service to generate it http://services.chrisriversdesign.com/instagram-token/ I the nearest future the OAuth authorization for access token fetching will be implemented.


The main module of the gem is InstagramApi. It provides a series of methods, regarding each Instagram resource. They are: Users, Media, Comments, Likes, Tags and Locations. So the Users resource methods can be accessed by InstagramApi.user method, Tags by InstagramApi.tag and so on.

The main methods of each resource are show, index, create, destroy and search. The methods and API endpoints correspondence is as follows

Gem Action API Endpoint
User Resource
InstagramApi.user.show GET /users/self
InstagramApi.user(user_id).show GET /users/user_id
InstagramApi.user.recent_media GET /users/self/media/recent
InstagramApi.user(user_id).recent_media GET /users/user_id/media/recent
InstagramApi.user.liked_media GET /users/self/media/liked
InstagramApi.user.search(search_query) GET /users/search
Relationship Endpoints block
InstagramApi.user.follows GET /users/self/follows
InstagramApi.user.followed_by GET /users/self/followed-by
InstagramApi.user.requested_by GET /users/self/requested-by
InstagramApi.user.check_relationship(user_id) GET /users/user_id/relathionship
InstagramApi.user.change_relationship(user_id) POST /users/user_id/relathionship
Media Resource
InstagramApi.media(media_id).show GET /media/media_id
InstagramApi.media.short_code(short_code) GET /media/shortcode/shortcode
InstagramApi.media.search(search_query) GET /media/search
Likes Endpoints block
InstagramApi.media(media_id).likes GET /media/media_id/likes
InstagramApi.media(media_id).add_like POST /media/media_id/likes
InstagramApi.media(media_id).delete_like DELETE /media/media_id/likes
Comment Endpoints block
InstagramApi.media(media_id).comments GET /media/media_id/comments
InstagramApi.media(media_id).add_comment POST /media/media_id/comments
InstagramApi.media(media_id).delete_comment(comment_id) DELETE /media/media_id/comments/comment_id
Tag Resource
InstagramApi.tag(tag_name).show GET /tags/tag_name
InstagramApi.tag(tag_name).recent_media GET /tags/tag_name/media/recent
InstagramApi.tag.search(search_query) GET /tags/search
Location Resource
InstagramApi.location(location_id).show GET /locations/location_id
InstagramApi.location(location_id).recent_media GET /locations/location_id/media/recent
InstagramApi.location.search(search_query) GET /locations/search

Each method from the list above accepts a hash as a second argument with additional params according to official instagram developers documentation i.e.

InstagramApi.user.search('mell', {count: 10})
InstagramApi.user('my_user_id').recent_media({min_id: '22721881'})

Search method can get either a query string or a hash. It depends on API requirements, i.e.

InstagramApi.location.search({lat: 33.10, lng: 15.40})

Response is a Hashie::Mash object


Subscriptions is a useful feature which allows to receive notifications when people who authenticated your app post new media on Instagram. You can find more information on https://www.instagram.com/developer/subscriptions/

Creating a subscription

Creating subscription is very simple. Just refer to the original documentation to check the options available

    object: 'user',
    aspect: 'media',
    callback_url: 'http://your.callback/url'

This method automatically generates verify_token. However, you can pass your own, if you prefer

    object: 'user',
    aspect: 'media',
    callback_url: 'http://your.callback/url',
    verify_token: 'MyCustomVerifyToken'

Validating subscription

When you add a subscription, Instagram will send a GET request to your callback URL to verify the existence of the URL. When Instagram has new data, it'll POST this data to your callback URL. To validate the subscription your callback action should validate verify_token from instagram request and response with a hub.challenge parameter value.

You can easily implement it with a single line

# CallbackController

# GET callback url action
def index
    render plain: InstagramApi.subscription.validate(params)


# CallbackController

# GET callback url action
def index
    render plain: InstagramApi.subscription.validate(params, 'MyCustomVerifyToken')

if you are using your own verify_token

Managing subscriptions

You can easily get the list of your subscriptions


or destroy them if you prefer

InstagramApi.subscription.destroy({object: 'all'})
InstagramApi.subscription.destroy({id: 1})


  1. OAuth authorization for access token fetching
  2. Incode Documentation
  3. Cover functionality with tests


Problems? Check the Issues block to find the solution or create an new issue that we will fix asap. Feel free to contribute. This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration.


This gem is open-sourced by Agilie Team (info@agilie.com)


Sergey Mell

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The gem is available as open source under the MIT License (MIT) Copyright © 2017 Agilie Team