How to scrape Instagram without Coding

This tutorial will show you how to scrape Instagram posts for free using the Instagram Crawler available at ScrapeHero Cloud.

ScrapeHero Cloud allows you to scrape Instagram posts to gather information such as the user handle, number of likes and comments, posted date, post caption, video views, location, and more.

Here are the steps to scrape Instagram

  1. Create the ScrapeHero Cloud account.
  2. Select the Instagram Crawler from the ScrapeHero Marketplace.
  3. Enter the list of input URLs.
  4. Run the Instagram Scraper and download the data.

The ScrapeHero Cloud has pre-built scrapers that can Scrape GoogleScrape Real Estate Data, Scrape Job Data, and more. Web scraping using ScrapeHero Cloud is easy as the crawlers are cloud-based and you need not worry about selecting the fields to be scraped nor download any software. The scraper and the data can be accessed from any browser at any time. You can also get the data delivered directly to your Dropbox.

How to Scrape Instagram

The ScrapeHero Cloud Instagram Scraper is easy to use and can help you gather data from Instagram within minutes. The Instagram scraper can gather numerous data fields from Instagram posts such as user name, handle, post caption, number of likes and comments, posted date, post type, media URL, and much more.

1. Create a ScrapeHero Cloud Account to use Instagram Scraper

Before using a crawler in ScrapeHero Cloud, an account must be created. To sign up, go to  – https://cloud.scrapehero.com/accounts/login/ and create an account with your email address.

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Each account lets you test a crawler by allowing you to scrape 25 pages for free before subscribing. Below we have provided a detailed explanation on how to use the Instagram crawler available in ScrapeHero Cloud.

2. Add the Instagram Crawler to your account and provided inputs

Add the Instagram Scraper from the ScrapeHero Marketplace to your crawlers. On the main page, enter the list of input URLs (separate each URL by hitting Enter/return). The ScrapeHero Cloud Instagram crawler supports three types of input URLs – Profile, Hashtags, and Places URLs.

To obtain the URL you can search for a specific profile page, hashtag or location and copy and paste the URLs as input. Make sure the profile page URLs are public, as this Instagram crawler can only scrape public pages. Below are examples of how the Instagram URLs will look like:

Profile Page: minimalistbaker

https://www.instagram.com/minimalistbaker/

Hashtag: #weeklyfluff

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/weeklyfluff/

Place: Grand Canyon

https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/240825323/grand-canyon/

You can also select the number of pages for the crawler to scrape as shown in the screenshot below:

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Once you have entered the URLs to scrape make sure to hit Save Settings in order to start the scraper.

3. Run the Instagram Scraper

On the next page, select Gather Data or Start Gathering Data to run the scraper.

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Note: Shown in the image below is the scraper in Start mode and Run mode. Once in running mode the scraper can be paused by hitting Stop. Initially the Instagram crawler allows you to run 25 pages for free before it is exhausted. Once the quota is exhausted, the scraper will stop running by itself. To continue the job, you must choose a subscription by selecting Change your plan. However, you may still download the data scraped from the free-run available.

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4. Download Instagram Data

Once the job is done, you can select View Data and Download Data. The data is available in Excel, CSV, or JSON format.

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The outputs scraped will be uniform whether you are scraping individual profiles or hashtags. You can view the scraped data while the scraper is running. 

An example is shown below of scraped data downloaded in JSON format.

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Gathering Instagram Data using ScrapeHero Cloud

We have done a sample run of our Instagram crawler to show you how you can scrape Instagram. We used the public profile page – ‘minimalistbaker’ for this sample run. Since we used the free version for this sample run, we were able to scrape 23 posts. The profile page contains numerous posts, you would need a paid plan to extract all the information.

Below is the Instagram page for the public profile ‘minimalistbaker’ on Instagram.

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Important Features of the ScrapeHero Instagram Crawler

View Data – ScrapeHero Cloud allows you to view the data being scraped instantly.

Schedule Your Scraping – ScrapeHero Cloud allows you to customize and schedule your scraping jobs as well.

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Data Delivered to your Dropbox – Paid subscription users may upload completed jobs to a Dropbox account under the Integrations tab.

API Access – An API Key can be generated through a link to automate the crawler. This feature is available under the Integrations tab.

Scrape Instagram for Social Media Data

Scraping data from social media websites such as Instagram gives you access to large volumes of valuable data. It’s also a great way to find out what people are saying about brands, products, news, and other trending topics. This can help you make effective and informed decisions, understand your audience and improve customer service. Social media scraping involves automating the process of extracting data from social media websites such as Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook through web scraping. Although there are numerous benefits to using social media data, it is difficult to gather since social media is mostly user-generated data.

There are many data scraping tools available that can help you with a social media monitoring solution. Social media scrapers available in ScrapeHero Cloud help automate the process of extracting publicly available data from social media websites. Using ScrapeHero Cloud provides the businesses flexibility to gather data by themselves making it a much cheaper option compared to hiring other service providers. If you want to extract data on a large scale using custom web scraping solution will be a better choice. ScrapeHero, one of the top web scraping service providers has helped companies and brands from all over the world successfully monitor products across multiple websites.

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