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#APIMASH Instagram Starter Kit ##Date: 6.19.2013 ##Version: v1.0.0 ##Author(s): Stacey Mulcahy ##URL:

###Description The Instagram Starter Kit uses the Instagram api and illustrates how to use many of the endpoints that do not require authorization. All calls do require a client id however. My image My image My image ###Features

  • Invokes the Instagram API (
  • Enables various endpoints including tags, location, media and popular.
  • Demonstrates how to use the winjs list component
  • Demonstrates how to determine the device's geolocation
  • Provides a baseline for a Windows 8 Store App
  • For API documentation, please see



  • Register with Instagram and register a new application (
  • Keep track of the client id once you have registered.
  • Download the Starter Kit Zip Portfolio from
  • Open the Solution in Visual Studio
  • Replace the [CLIENT_ID] variable in the js/apiglobals.js with your own client id key
  • Compile and Run NOTE: You will need to add your own developer signing certificate to the project, by opening the package.appxmanifest file, and switching to the Packaging tab. On the packaging tab, click the "Choose Certificate..." button, and in the resulting dialog, click the "Configure Certificate..." drop-down, and select "Create test certificate..." then click OK to dismiss all dialogs, and save the app manifest file.

###Customization This example exposes all the endpoints at their most basic level. Most of the endpoints do not have options, but a few do that include things like distance( for geolocation) or the max and min ideas for any endpoint that is getting recent media. Please see the Instagram API documentation - these parameters can be passed in through the calls via the options parameter, which is an object.

As some photos do carry geolocation information with them ( its a user's preference to add geolocation), mash ups with Maps are ideal. This template also provides and easy way to aggregate and show photos tagged with a specific hashtag, or that are in a location - making it an ideal complement to apis such as Yelp, Foursquare and Meetup to name a few.

App Ideas:

  • InstaNear: Show instagram photos near the current location
  • InstaShow: Create a slideshow viewer of most popular images or images that are tagged with something specific
  • InstaExplorer: Randomly view photos by traversing their tags
  • InstaMap : Map locations and show photos taken in that location. Show who is the most prolific photographer.
  • Instatour - create a tour of an area through instagram photos

###Future Features

##Change Log ###v1.0.1

  • Modified readme


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