Instagram Multi Hashtag Search

Find posts that match multiple hashtags or locations on Instagram

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Find the IG posts that matter the most

This API will search for multiple hashtags and/or location on Instagram at the same time, then return the posts that match at least two of them.

For example, using #vegan and Paris, France as input, you'll know who's talking about vegetables in the most beautiful city in the world!

To get your imagination going, here are some other examples:

  • #sponsored + #healthy: Healthy posts being sponsored on IG right now
  • #beach + #makeup: Makeup products that are beach-ready
  • #ootd + San Francisco, California: Who's wearing what in SF today?

You get the idea! There is no limit to the number of hashtags you can use, so if you're feeling like a power user, put more than 2 :)

What will you need? ⚙️

  • List of hashtags and/or locations: Provide a list of hashtags beginning with # (like #phantombuster) or a locations (like New York, New York) and the API will find the IG posts that match at least two of them
  • Session cookie (sessionid): Your Instagram sessionid session cookie (more info below)

Which steps to follow?

1. Create an account on 💻

If you haven't already, create a FREE account on Phantombuster. Our service will browse the web for you. It’s a website automator which runs in the cloud. Once done we'll follow up.

2. Use this API on your account.👌

Now that you're connected to Phantombuster, Click on the following button (it will open a new tab).

3. Click on Configure me!

You'll now see the 3 configuration dots blinking. Click on them.

4. Enter at least two hashtags/locations

In the 1st configuration field, you have to add at least 2 hashtags or locations so that the API can search for those terms in Instagram.

Hashtags and locations are differentiated by the presence of a # in front of the word. Successively enter either a hashtag beginning with # (example: #phantombuster) or a location (example: New York, New York).

You can also enter a Google spreadsheet URL or a CSV containing multiple hashtags or locations as first search term.

5. Get your Instagram session cookie

The session cookie you'll need to make this API work is called "sessionid",
Here's how you can get yours:

  • Using Chrome, go to your Instagram homepage and open the inspector
    → Right click anywhere on the page and select “Inspect”
    CMD+OPT+i on macOS
    F12 or CTRL+MAJ+i on Windows

  • Locate the “Application” tab

  • Select “Cookies” > “” on the left menu.

  • Locate the “sessionid” cookie.

  • Copy what’s under “Value” (Double click on it then Ctrl+C) and paste it into your script configuration

// How to access your cookies with Firefox and Safari //

Click on Launch & Enjoy!

It’s done! All that is left to do is to click on "launch" to try your script!


Instagram limits the number of requests you can do per hour, per account. We've found that in general, after doing a search for 2 hashtags/locations of 1500 posts each, Phantombuster the API will have to slow down. This is done automatically for you.


This API will output CSV and/or JSON containing the following fields:

  • profileUrl (Profile URL of post author)
  • profileName (Instagram username of post author)
  • postUrl (Instagram post URL)
  • date (Post publication date)
  • likes (Number of likes the post received or video views in case of a video post)
  • location (Where the photo was taken, if specified)
  • matches (Which hashtags or locations lead to this post)
  • postVideo (Link to raw video file, if available)
  • videoThumbnail (Link to raw video thumbnail, if available)


Like all APIs on Phantombuster, this API comes with an HTTP endpoint. Launch it from your computer, app or server with a simple HTTP request and get its result as JSON. Click Use this API above to create your new endpoint.

Clone this API

The script below is all that's required to make the API work. If you're a developer, click the button to clone the code into a new Custom API Agent in your Phantombuster account. This operation will allow you to customize the API to your exact needs. This will also create a custom HTTP endpoint.

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