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Instalooter

15 May, 2021, at 10:03 PM WIB by Hendrik in Uncategorized, Linux, Instagram (0 comments)

I came across this interesting piece of command-line tool, called InstaLooter. The usage itself is very easy, as described here. All I have to do is to first install PyPI. I installed pip3, and then I proceeded with git. Following the instruction, I did:

$ git clone https://github.com/althonos/InstaLooter
$ cd InstaLooter
# pip3 install .

Then, we can use the following command:

$ instaLooter user <username> [<directory>] [options]

I used the -v option to download videos as well, and afterwards, in the same target directory, we can download only the newest entries with -N option.

For downloading individual posts, we can use the following command:

$ instaLooter post <post_token> <directory> [options]

To login into your account, do the following:

$ instalooter login

Afterwards, you'd be prompted to include your credentials. The credentials would be stored in a cache file, and it would use that to interact with target profiles.

It is very handy.

So what I did was to make a bash script with the following content:

#!/bin/bash
instalooter user $1 "./$1" -v -N

Suppose the script name is igpost, then it would take the following terms:

$ ./igpost <target>

Where <target> is the target profile name. Then it would create a folder named <target> where all of the posts of that profile would be downloaded.

Unfortunately, it couldn't take instagram stories, highlights, and tagged posts.

For that, we would need instaloader.

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