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How to Scrape Followers From Instagram using Python ??

This Tutorial will explain you how we can extract followers and other data from instagram.com using python.

Have you heard about Instagram Scraping ?? Here is the detail to scrape yellow pages using python coding.

Instagram scraping provides updated data information along with Followers, Biography , Category, Email , Name etc..

We can perform Instagram scraping and Extract Following Data using python Instagram scraper.

  • Biography
  • Category
  • Email
  • Followers
  • Following
  • Name
  • Post
  • Profile Id
  • URL
  • Username

How to Scrape followers from instagram using python ??

Screen shot  from data will be extracting

Instagram Scraping

Inspecting element for data extractions

To find appropriate data from website first we have to  inspecting and understanding html tag  which is associated with given data ..

please follow below steps to finding tags

  • Open browser (Google Chrome , Mozilla )
  • Copy and paste url you want to scrape.
instagram scraping
  • Press F12 to view HTML structure and json file of given site.,
  • find tags for require data
instagram scraping

Here we have explained for finding price tag how can we find it , like this  other tags can easily find…

How to set up your computer for web scraper development

We will use Python 3 for this tutorial. The code will not run if you are using Python 2.7. To start, you need a computer with Python 3 and PIP installed in it.

Let’s check your python version. Open a terminal ( in Linux and Mac OS ) or Command Prompt ( on Windows ) and type

python –version

and press enter. If the output looks something like Python 3.x.x, you have Python 3 installed. If it says Python 2.x.x you have Python 2. If it prints an error, you don’t probably have python installed.

If you don’t have Python 3, install it first.

Install Python 3 and Pip

Linux – https://www.python.org/downloads/source/

Mac Users can follow this guide – https://www.python.org/downloads/mac-osx/

Windows Users go here – https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

For PIP installation   visit this link  – https://www.liquidweb.com/kb/install-pip-windows/

Install Packages

  • Python Requests, to make requests and download the HTML content of the pages ( http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/user/install/).
  • Python LXML, for parsing the HTML Tree Structure using Xpath (Learn how to install that here – http://lxml.de/installation.html)

Code to Scrape Instagram profile

import requests
from lxml import html
import requests.packages.urllib3.exceptions
import json
from urllib3.exceptions import InsecureRequestWarning

# below code send http get request to yellowpages.com
# return content in form of string
# lib Refernce
# 1 :- request

def getRequest(url):
headers = {‘Accept’: ‘text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/webp,image/apng,*/*;q=0.8’,
‘Accept-Language’: ‘en-GB,en;q=0.9,en-US;q=0.8,ml;q=0.7’,
‘User-Agent’: ‘Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/64.0.3282.140 Safari/537.36’
response = requests.get(url, verify=False, headers=headers)
return response.text

# This method is use to parse data from string
# Return object with data
# lib Refrence
# 1 :- lxml
# 2 : json

def parseData(strHtml):
strJson = strHtml[strHtml.index(“window._sharedData =”) + 20:]
strJson = strJson[0:strJson.index(“;</script>”)]
jObject = json.loads(strJson)

url = “https://www.instagram.com” + jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“username”]
name = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“full_name”]
username = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“username”]
profileid = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“id”]
post = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“edge_owner_to_timeline_media”][“count”]
followers = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“edge_followed_by”][“count”]
following = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“edge_follow”][“count”]
category = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“edge_followed_by”][“count”]
email = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“business_category_name”]
biography = jObject[“entry_data”][“ProfilePage”][0][“graphql”][“user”][“biography”]

return {
“Url”: url,
“Name”: name,
“User Name”: username,
“Profile Id”: profileid,
“Post”: post,
“Followers”: followers,
“Following”: following,
“Category”: category,
“Email”: email,
“Biography”: biography


if __name__ == “__main__”:
print(‘Scraping Data from Instagram’)
url = ‘Target URL’
print(‘Url :- ‘ + url)
strHtml = getRequest(url)
strResult = parseData(strHtml)
result = json.dumps(strResult, sort_keys=True, indent=4)

Above code is developed for Python 3.X  .. Run in any IDE  like PyCharm , sublime text etc…  We got here json file , we can also extract these data into sql database , export in CSV , Excel with modification in coding..

Here  using lxml library  data is extracted , you can do using beautifulsoup 4 also we can extract data from any website..

Run above code in any IDE of python and you will get result in JSON..  for test you can use another url from eBay..

Clarification :- This  code available in this tutorial is  only learning purpose . We are not responsible for how it is used and assume no liability for any detrimental usage of the source code. This code is only  use for knowledge expansion regarding programming field.. by this tutorial we are not encourage eBay scraping or web scraping but will help to understand scraping.. also we are not responsible to provide any support for this code .. user can modify for learning purpose..

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