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Instagram PHP API - Working example: Load more button (AJAX)

Instagram PHP API

How to use

This a working example based on the previous posted workflow.
Feedback is as always welcome.

Original project repository: Instagram-PHP-API

index.php file

The index file contains the Javascript which is responsible for loading new data and a bit of PHP which displays the first results. The script makes use of jQuery's DOM data storage, to store the latest max_id.

ajax.php file

This file represents the API which delivers additional images via pagination.
It requires two GET parameters:

  • tag the tag name you used in your original request (index.php file)
  • max_id next max id

and returns a JSON object e.g.:

    next_id: 1340220451361,
    images: [

Example AJAX call:


Copyright (c) 2011-2012 - Programmed by Christian Metz
Released under the BSD License.

* Instagram PHP API
* @link
* @author Christian Metz
* @since 20.06.2012
require 'Instagram.php';
use MetzWeb\Instagram\Instagram;
// Initialize class for public requests
$instagram = new Instagram('12345678');
// Receive AJAX request and create call object
$tag = $_GET['tag'];
$maxID = $_GET['max_id'];
$clientID = $instagram->getApiKey();
$call = new stdClass;
$call->pagination->next_max_id = $maxID;
$call->pagination->next_url = "{$tag}/media/recent?client_id={$clientID}&max_tag_id={$maxID}";
// Receive new data
$media = $instagram->pagination($call);
// Collect everything for json output
$images = array();
foreach ($media->data as $data) {
$images[] = $data->images->thumbnail->url;
echo json_encode(array(
'next_id' => $media->pagination->next_max_id,
'images' => $images
<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta charset="utf-8" />
<title>Instagram more button example</title>
<meta name="author" content="Christian Metz">
Instagram PHP API class @ Github
article, aside, figure, footer, header, hgroup,
menu, nav, section { display: block; }
ul {
width: 950px;
ul > li {
float: left;
list-style: none;
padding: 4px;
#more {
bottom: 8px;
margin-left: 80px;
position: fixed;
font-size: 13px;
font-weight: 700;
line-height: 20px;
<script src=""></script>
$(document).ready(function() {
$('#more').click(function() {
var tag = $(this).data('tag'),
maxid = $(this).data('maxid');
type: 'GET',
url: 'ajax.php',
data: {
tag: tag,
max_id: maxid
dataType: 'json',
cache: false,
success: function(data) {
// Output data
$.each(data.images, function(i, src) {
$('ul#photos').append('<li><img src="' + src + '"></li>');
// Store new maxid
$('#more').data('maxid', data.next_id);
* Instagram PHP API
* @link
* @author Christian Metz
* @since 20.06.2012
require 'Instagram.php';
use MetzWeb\Instagram\Instagram;
// Initialize class for public requests
$instagram = new Instagram('12345678');
$tag = 'kitty';
// Get recently tagged media
$media = $instagram->getTagMedia($tag);
// Display first results in a <ul>
echo "<ul id=\"photos\">";
foreach ($media->data as $data) {
echo "<li><img src=\"{$data->images->thumbnail->url}\"></li>";
echo "</ul>";
// Show 'load more' button
echo "<br><button id=\"more\" data-maxid=\"{$media->pagination->next_max_id}\" data-tag=\"{$tag}\">Load more ...</button>";

Can't make Load more button work


In ajax.php:
$media = $instagram->getTagMedia('your_tag',$auth=false,array('max_tag_id'=>$maxID));

in instagram.class.php:
public function getTagMedia($name, $auth=false, $params=null) {
return $this->_makeCall('tags/' . $name . '/media/recent', $auth, $params);


I cannot get this method to work even on a clean run of your code base


Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /home/fotog458/public_html/ajax2.php on line 30


How can I fix it?
The api request is for media/recent


this code was not working at first
but then i replaced

In ajax.php:
$media = $instagram->getTagMedia('your_tag',$auth=false,array('max_tag_id'=>$maxID));

in instagram.class.php:
public function getTagMedia($name, $auth=false, $params=null) {
return $this->_makeCall('tags/' . $name . '/media/recent', $auth, $params);

as @isratmir mentioned below and i started to get 1 (same) image all the time.

later one and after checking each line i figured out the problem... (didnt see it at first)

change in this line (your_tag) to an actual tag
$media = $instagram->getTagMedia('your_tag',$auth=false,array('max_tag_id'=>$maxID));

and voila problem solved and i started to get 20 new images per request


I was getting the 'Creating default object from empty value' warning.
(Using php version 5.4.2)

$call->pagination = new stdClass();
$call = new stdClass();

Fixed the issue.


This works, however I get the same results every time a new set is loaded. Could there be something missing?


I tried to change the code for getting the recent media from specific user id, but i keep getting the same 20 photos
Has anyone done it before so can help me out with this?


I set this up exactly and when clicking button I get nothing. No errors in console, paths and tokens are perfectly fine, ajax request seems to work, ajax.php seems to work when load directly with values replaced, but I just get nothing when pressing the button. If I add for example $('#more').css('border','10px solid red'); inside success: function(data) { it works, but it just doesn't load up any images. Any hint how to get the images to load up?


I was getting the same result set every time and tried something. It worked.
Beware I'm not a developer but I know the code I suggest is not stable, not production level.
However, saved my day while I was enjoying some coding.

I'm getting the same results after ~10 loads but I guess it's something about API limitations or not.
Don't know :)

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