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The Instagram Ruby Gem

A Ruby wrapper for the Instagram REST and Search APIs


gem install instagram

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Sample Application

require "sinatra"
require "instagram"

enable :sessions

CALLBACK_URL = "http://localhost:4567/oauth/callback"

Instagram.configure do |config|
  config.client_id = "YOUR_CLIENT_ID"
  config.client_secret = "YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET"

get "/" do
  '<a href="/oauth/connect">Connect with Instagram</a>'

get "/oauth/connect" do
  redirect Instagram.authorize_url(:redirect_uri => CALLBACK_URL)

get "/oauth/callback" do
  response = Instagram.get_access_token(params[:code], :redirect_uri => CALLBACK_URL)
  session[:access_token] = response.access_token
  redirect "/feed"

get "/feed" do
  client = Instagram.client(:access_token => session[:access_token])
  user = client.user

  html = "<h1>#{user.username}'s recent photos</h1>"
  for media_item in client.user_recent_media
    html << "<img src='#{media_item.images.thumbnail.url}'>"

API Usage Examples

require "rubygems"
require "instagram"

# Get a list of a user's most recent media
puts Instagram.user_recent_media(777)

# Use pagination data from a response to get the next page
page_1 = Instagram.user_recent_media(777)
page_2_max_id = page_1.pagination.next_max_id
page_2 = Instagram.user_recent_media(777, :max_id => page_2_max_id ) unless page_2_max_id.nil?

# Get the currently authenticated user's media feed
puts Instagram.user_media_feed

# Get a list of recent media at a given location, in this case, the Instagram office
puts Instagram.location_recent_media(514276)

# All methods require authentication (either by client ID or access token).
# To get your Instagram OAuth credentials, register an app at
Instagram.configure do |config|
  config.client_id = YOUR_CLIENT_KEY
  config.access_token = YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN

# Get a list of all the users you're following
puts Instagram.follows

# Get a list of media close to a given latitude and longitude
puts Instagram.media_search("37.7808851","-122.3948632")

# Get a list of the overall most popular media items
puts Instagram.media_popular

# Search for users on instagram, by name or username
puts Instagram.user_search("shayne sweeney")


In the spirit of free software, everyone is encouraged to help improve this project.

Here are some ways you can contribute:

  • by using alpha, beta, and prerelease versions
  • by reporting bugs
  • by suggesting new features
  • by writing or editing documentation
  • by writing specifications
  • by writing code (no patch is too small: fix typos, add comments, clean up inconsistent whitespace)
  • by refactoring code
  • by closing issues
  • by reviewing patches

Submitting an Issue

We use the GitHub issue tracker to track bugs and features. Before submitting a bug report or feature request, check to make sure it hasn't already been submitted. You can indicate support for an existing issuse by voting it up. When submitting a bug report, please include a Gist that includes a stack trace and any details that may be necessary to reproduce the bug, including your gem version, Ruby version, and operating system. Ideally, a bug report should include a pull request with failing specs.

Submitting a Pull Request

  1. Fork the project.
  2. Create a topic branch.
  3. Implement your feature or bug fix.
  4. Add documentation for your feature or bug fix.
  5. Run rake doc:yard. If your changes are not 100% documented, go back to step 4.
  6. Add specs for your feature or bug fix.
  7. Run rake spec. If your changes are not 100% covered, go back to step 6.
  8. Commit and push your changes.
  9. Submit a pull request. Please do not include changes to the gemspec, version, or history file. (If you want to create your own version for some reason, please do so in a separate commit.)


Copyright (c) 2011 Instagram (Burbn, Inc). See LICENSE for details.