August 28, 2014
I was looking around for a way to get a user's public Instagram feed as an RSS feed without using the Instagram API when I came across this question on Stack Overflow.
Probably the best way to do this, would be to use the Instagram API. However, I had no desire to sign up for an Instagram account.
Initially, this answer on Stack Overflow suited my needs quite well. However, as fate would have it, Instagram changed its HTML output and the page's JSON data structure changed. Since the idea is quite simple (we're just screen scrapping here) I decided to write my own script. If this works well for you, consider upvoting my answer on Stack Overflow: http://stackoverflow.com/a/25559442/1171790
EDIT August 2017: I no longer support this scipt. The Instagram HTML output of any given user page changes often and it's been a fun game of cat and mouse but I no longer have a need for an Instagram user RSS. If someone else wants to submit a pull request to this Gist that supports the current Instagram output, I'd be happy to merge your changes. Thanks!
EDIT Septemeber 2017: I decided to continue supporting this script, for now. I got a couple emailed requests for support. I added changes and instructions to help people set it up on Heroku.
Upload the script to your own server with PHP installed and then call the script via
curl or in your web browser.
Getting a user's Instagram feed as an RSS feed:
Getting an RSS feed of Instagram tags (aka hashtags):
Since your RSS reader will be checking for new content on some sort of interval and since Instagram provides the latest 20 photos/videos on a user's homepage, there is a potential for some content to be overlooked. In the event that more than 20 posts have been posted since the script last checked for new content, some content could be missed. Setting your RSS reader to check the
instarss.php script often, will work around this. Alternatively, you can checkout this script which probably handles pagination.
Deploy Instarss on Heroku
If you'd like to use this script, it's probably easiest to set it up on a Heroku instance.
First, clone this repository:
git clone https://gist.github.com/48c46d9fc2913fba3292.gitand then
cdinto the project directory.
Login to Heroku and create a new app.
And then login to Heroku via the command line:
Then add Heroku as a remote:
heroku git:remote -a your-projects-name
git push heroku master
You can then access Instarss at a URL like: