Instagram Data Access

Instagram is the largest photo sharing platform in the world and the perfect source for visual social data. If you're looking for trends we have a Popular Media stream. Or if you're interested in a specific topic you can use the Tag Search stream and Geo Search stream to get exactly the data you need. Using our Data Collector you can connect to every stream at once and get the data in a normalized format with additional enrichments.


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Data Collector

Connect to multiple public APIs simultaneously with a single connection to Gnip. You select the sources, we will collect the data, enrich it, and pass it along to you. Simplify your access and save on scarce engineering resources.


Format Normalization

Want to use just one parser to consume all of your data? Activity Streams format from Gnip enables you to consume all of your data in a single standardized format across all of our data sources.


Dedicated Support Team

We offer technical onboarding, technical documentation, code snippets and libraries on GitHub, and rapid support response during business hours with 24/7 emergency response to ensure your success.


Duplicate Exclusion

Gnip eliminates duplicates within each stream so you'll only receive each activity once. This is particularly useful for polling-based streams where the original source may deliver the same activity multiple times.


Optimized Polling

Tired of trying to keep up with changing rate limits, API latency, and other factors that limit the effectiveness of your polling? Gnip optimizes the polling for each API to ensure that you get the most data you can.


Choice of Protocols

Whether you choose to access your data in the publisher's original format or in Activity Streams format, Gnip can deliver your data to you in the protocol of your choice: HTTP GET, HTTP POST, or Streaming HTTP


Plug & Play Streams

The Data Collector provides a single point of integration that supports up to six interchangeable realtime public API streams from our wide variety of supported social networks.


Customized Solutions, Predictable Pricing

Gnip offers customized solutions with predictable pricing to meet the needs of your business. There are three easy steps to getting started.

  1. Discuss what you are looking to do with Instagram data
  2. Get you into a trial so you can test our solution with up to six different streams
  3. Put together the best package for your needs


Payload Elements


  • PublishedTime
  • UpdatedTime
  • Activity ID
  • Activity URL
  • Activity Thumbnail URL
  • Activity Description
  • Activity Image URL
  • Activity Favorite Count
  • Activity Lat/Long (where provided)
  • Actor Name
  • Actor Profile URL
  • Actor Avatar



Industries Using Instagram

Social Media Monitoring

On social media people often let the images do the talking. With Instagram you can search images with specific tags, keywords, or even geolocations to make sure you're monitoring all relevant content.

Business Intelligence

What does it mean for your business when images are uploaded to Instagram? Are the images of a live event positive or are they negative? Without ingesting the raw data into your system you may never know.


Getting photographs from Instagram can help you inform nearly every department in your company. There are obvious uses like in marketing and customer service to not-so-obvious uses in sales and product development.

Sources Similar to Instagram

Flickr is one of the largest photo sharing services in the world. The photos and associated data returned from Flickr are very similar to that of Instagram, and in both APIs you can search for images with specific keyword tags.

Tweets include much more than 140 characters these days and one of the most popular items to add onto a Tweet is an image. With our API you can even filter all Tweets to receive only Tweets with a media items attached.

If a picture is worth 1000 words then Photobucket can provide you billions of "words." Photobucket is similar to Instagram in that it lets users edit, store, share, and discover images and videos.

Success Stories

I absolutely love Gnip's API design. Very universal which saves hours of work on my side.

Addictive Mobility

Gnip allows businesses to focus on reaping social data insight, rather than tracking which services are hot, which are not, and which have changed their API policies.