You have a list of Instagram profiles and need to quickly extract information from them? Don't waste your time copy/pasting anymore. Retrieve all the data you need of the specific Instagram profiles you're targeting in a CSV file.
Launch an automated agent that will connect as yourself on Instagram. It will then browse and collect data from the designated profiles.
What will you need? ⚙️
Session cookie: Your session cookie from Instagram.
Spreadsheet URL: The link of a Google Spreadsheet with Instagram profile URLs in it.
(You already have all that? Click straight away on "Use this API")
Which steps to follow?
1. Create an account on Phantombuster.com 💻
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. Instagram authentication 🔑
Because the script will manipulate Instagram for you, it needs to be logged on your Instagram account. For that you just need to copy paste your session cookie in the script argument:
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” > “http://www.instagram.com” 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 API Configuration
Below your session cookie you’ll find Spreadsheet URL.
Enter in the text field a link of a Google Spreadsheet with this same format (only column A is mandatory):
Your spreadsheet should contain a list of Instagram Profile URLs (one link per row).
You can specify the name of the column that contains the profile links. Simply enter the column name in the next text field.
Please make sure your file is publicly accessible!
You can also enter a single Instagram profile URL directly in the field.
Click on Launch & Enjoy!
It’s done! All that is left to do is to click on "launch" to try your script!
This will launch the bot and, if you didn't already change the spreadsheet URL, will collect the information of the Phantombuster team.
⚙️️Repetition setup ⚙️
Now that your API is ready, you should set up repetitive launches. That way, your scraping will be spread over days, weeks or even months. You can also specify the number of profiles to scrape per launch, or leave that field blank to scrape every profile from your list.
To do so, simply hit the “Settings” button to define when your API is launched:
Then, select a frequency:
Don't forget to click 💾 Save at the bottom of the page!
For example, 100 profiles scraped per launch, 8 launches per day: you'll have a total of 800 profiles per day. We recommend not exceeding these values with this API as it takes some time to scrape this many profiles.
This API will output CSV and/or JSON containing the following fields:
profileUrl (Instagram profile URL)
imageUrl (Profile picture URL)
profileName (Instagram username)
fullName (Full name of the person)
postsCount (How many publications they made)
followersCount (How many followers they have)
followingCount (How many accounts they follow)
verified (If Instagram has confirmed it's an authentic account)
inCommon (If some of your Instagram friends follow that account)
private (If the account is private)
status (If you follow or have blocked that account)
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