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Instagram scraping user tags 2020
Brief demonstration on how to scrape and collect user tags without needing login information.
A lot of data end points such as "viewing followers" is blocked by public users(not logged in).
This is a way to bypass one of these endpoints.
Scrape user tags (same as the url) -> instagram.com/username/tagged
https://www.instagram.com/graphql/query/?query_hash=31fe64d9463cbbe58319dced405c6206&variables={"id":"29883180","first":12}
Url Breakdown
#start of url
https://www.instagram.com/graphql/query/
#query hash is the "type" such as {user tagged /or/ user followers} just a complicated looking string that tells Instagram to return "tagged posts" for X user
?query_hash=31fe64d9463cbbe58319dced405c6206
#id profile id of target user *this would be a first call before pagination begins, for tagged 12 is max note instagram doesnt always return exactly 12
&variables={"id":"29883180","first":12}
Pagination
Once we load up the initial url we will be presented with json code containing all the images/data
If we want to paginate deeper we need to present the next cursor.
Find "end_cursor" in the json, it should look like a messy string with "==" at the end like so.
QVFEZ2FULUZTdHE5N2ZtWGJXNDVrWkZJZzVKY3VHOUtGT2F2UUZOaGpjeWpsOFc0Y1UzdU9MaEJYUERZRENMc0NKSzZsNnF4dU1WTW9DOHNIb2JGN2F0WA=="
In the &variables={"id":"29883180","first":12} change it to
&variables={"id":"29883180","first":12,"after":END_CURSOR_STRING_HERE}
example
https://www.instagram.com/graphql/query/?query_hash=31fe64d9463cbbe58319dced405c6206&variables={"id":"29883180","first":12, "after":"QVFEZ2FULUZTdHE5N2ZtWGJXNDVrWkZJZzVKY3VHOUtGT2F2UUZOaGpjeWpsOFc0Y1UzdU9MaEJYUERZRENMc0NKSzZsNnF4dU1WTW9DOHNIb2JGN2F0WA=="}
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ycaty commented May 8, 2021

Hello :)
Do you know by any chance how to create an html img tag based on those kind of verified one : https://scontent-cdg2-1.cdninstagram.com/v/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/s640x640/179409201_147000100715720_8576468946828405167_n.jpg?tp=1&_nc_ht=scontent-cdg2-1.cdninstagram.com&_nc_cat=108&_nc_ohc=rbAQugfqlxMAX99lo7u&edm=ALdeuSgBAAAA&ccb=7-4&oh=c899e6bab833572267a69dfe9264ae70&oe=60B0168A&_nc_sid=d2677f ?
Thanks.

no clue; i do know it's a real pain to deal with tho :) they constantly change the links

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wizo06 commented May 29, 2021

hello,
do you know if it's possible to query by username instead of user id?
if not, do you know if it's possible to retrieve a user id by username (maybe in a different endpoint)?

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ycaty commented May 29, 2021

hello,
do you know if it's possible to query by username instead of user id?
if not, do you know if it's possible to retrieve a user id by username (maybe in a different endpoint)?

to my knowledge it's not possible, better to just grab the user id using the username.
it's best practice to always save user ids when saying usernames

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skmachine commented Dec 11, 2021

hello,
do you know if it's possible to query by username instead of user id?
if not, do you know if it's possible to retrieve a user id by username (maybe in a different endpoint)?

you can do it via query:
https://www.instagram.com/graphql/query/?query_hash=c9100bf9110dd6361671f113dd02e7d6&variables={"user_id":"{{USER_ID}}","include_chaining":false,"include_reel":true,"include_suggested_users":false,"include_logged_out_extras":false,"include_highlight_reels":false,"include_related_profiles":false}

or use https://rapidapi.com/neotank/api/instagram130 /username-by-id method.

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