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Instagram Scraper

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instagram-scraper is a command-line application written in Python that scrapes and downloads an instagram user's photos and videos. Use responsibly.

Install

To install instagram-scraper:

$ pip install instagram-scraper

To update instagram-scraper:

$ pip install instagram-scraper --upgrade

Alternatively, you can clone the project and run the following command to install: Make sure you cd into the instagram-scraper-master folder before performing the command below.

$ python setup.py install

Usage

To scrape a user's media:

$ instagram-scraper <username> -u <your username> -p <your password>             

NOTE: To scrape a private user's media you must be an approved follower.

By default, downloaded media will be placed in <current working directory>/<username>.

To scrape a hashtag for media:

$ instagram-scraper <hashtag without #> --tag          

It may be useful to specify the --maximum <#> argument to limit the total number of items to scrape when scraping by hashtag.

To specify multiple users, pass a delimited list of users:

$ instagram-scraper username1,username2,username3           

You can also supply a file containing a list of usernames:

$ instagram-scraper -f ig_users.txt           
# ig_users.txt

username1
username2
username3

# and so on...

The usernames may be separated by newlines, commas, semicolons, or whitespace.

OPTIONS

--help -h           Show help message and exit.

--login-user  -u    Instagram login user.

--login-pass  -p    Instagram login password.

--filename    -f    Path to a file containing a list of users to scrape.

--destination -d    Specify the download destination. By default, media will 
                    be downloaded to <current working directory>/<username>.

--retain-username -n  Creates a username subdirectory when the destination flag is
                      set.

--media-types -t    Specify media types to scrape. Enter as space separated values. 
                    Valid values are image, video, story (story-image & story-video),
                    or none. Stories require a --login-user and --login-pass to be defined.

--latest            Scrape only new media since the last scrape. Uses the last modified
                    time of the latest media item in the destination directory to compare.

--latest-stamps     Specify a file to save the timestamps of latest media scraped by user.
                    This works similarly to `--latest` except the file specified by
                    `--latest-stamps` will store the last modified time instead of using 
                    timestamps of media items in the destination directory. 
                    This allows the destination directories to be emptied whilst 
                    still maintaining history.

--quiet       -q    Be quiet while scraping.

--maximum     -m    Maximum number of items to scrape.

--media-metadata    Saves the media metadata associated with the user's posts to 
                    <destination>/<username>.json. Can be combined with --media-types none
                    to only fetch the metadata without downloading the media.

--include-location  Includes location metadata when saving media metadata. 
                    Implicitly includes --media-metadata.

--comments          Saves the comment metadata associated with the posts to 
                    <destination>/<username>.json. Implicitly includes --media-metadata.
                    
--interactive -i    Enables interactive login challenge solving. Has 2 modes: SMS and Email

--retry-forever     Retry download attempts endlessly when errors are received

--tag               Scrapes the specified hashtag for media.

--filter            Scrapes the specified hashtag within a user's media.

--location          Scrapes the specified instagram location-id for media.

--search-location   Search for a location by name. Useful for determining the location-id of 
                    a specific place.
                    
--template -T       Customize and format each file's name.
                    Default: {urlname}
                    Options:
                    {username}: Scraped user
                    {shortcode}: Post shortcode (profile_pic and story are empty)
                    {urlname}: Original file name from url.
                    {mediatype}: The type of media being downloaded.
                    {datetime}: Date and time of upload. (Format: 20180101 01h01m01s)
                    {date}: Date of upload. (Format: 20180101)
                    {year}: Year of uplaod. (Format: 2018)
                    {month}: Month of upload. (Format: 01-12)
                    {day}: Day of upload. (Format: 01-31)
                    {h}: Hour of upload. (Format: 00-23h)
                    {m}: Minute of upload. (Format: 00-59m)
                    {s}: Second of upload. (Format: 00-59s)
                    
                    If the template is invalid, it will revert to the default.
                    Does not work with --tag and --location.

Develop

Clone the repo and create a virtualenv

$ virtualenv venv
$ source venv/bin/activate
$ python setup.py develop

Running Tests

$ python setup.py test

# or just 

$ nosetests

Contributing

  1. Check the open issues or open a new issue to start a discussion around your feature idea or the bug you found
  2. Fork the repository, make your changes, and add yourself to AUTHORS.md
  3. Send a pull request

License

This is free and unencumbered software released into the public domain.

Anyone is free to copy, modify, publish, use, compile, sell, or distribute this software, either in source code form or as a compiled binary, for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, and by any means.

In jurisdictions that recognize copyright laws, the author or authors of this software dedicate any and all copyright interest in the software to the public domain. We make this dedication for the benefit of the public at large and to the detriment of our heirs and successors. We intend this dedication to be an overt act of relinquishment in perpetuity of all present and future rights to this software under copyright law.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.