Basic Instagram API please

I am trying to get the number of followers of an authenticated instagram user, the problem is that the instagram plugin is lacking this information, which I really believe I basic.

So now I think that my only solution is to use the API connector, I believe there is enough info to authenticate an user, but I couldn’t get enough info about getting the followers number.I am not a coder so I would appreciate a explanation of the workflow, I really don’t know how to handle the answer of the API

thank’s in advance.

Hey, what I do to get the amount of followers is via Blockspring, you can easily add the Instagram api and connect what you need like searching for a user’s following :slight_smile:

thank’s I am going to try right away

Is there anyway to do this without Blockspring? Just to confirm Blockspring does work if you wanna pay $15 per month, I’ve tried it! I’m just looking for a tutorial on maybe using the api connector to get the follow count of any username entered. I can get my follow count using an access_token generated, but sadly only mine lol!


Okay I found a really simple way to get basic information without API access.

You can create a get request with the api connector and use this url string to get the Json data.

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that is really helpful, thanks for sharing,
So @gaurav is it possible to make the plugin live with this method?

No problem :grinning:

Hi, I really like your approach to this issue.
Is it possible to include dynamic data instead of manually typing instagram URL? So, I basically ask my users to provide a link to their instagram pages and want to extract their followers count automatically with this API call. Obviously, manually typing all of the URLs is not scalable.
Appreciate the feedback.

Best regards

Is that on the right side of instagram’s legal terms & conditions to fetch the data that way @jssrecording @ccgcarrascosa ? If yes, then we could take a look at changing the plugin that way.

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Not sure about the legality! If so it would be a simple solution to use in a plugin. The data is public JSON via URL. No guarantees on how long this will work.

This might work! Make the url completely dynamic.


Hi, I tried using the call described in your screenshot. But I’m getting the following response:

You have set the data type of this call to JSON/XML, but what is returned is not an object, but a text. Please check your settings.

Tried switching from JSON to XML, but that didn’t work either… The link to the example you provided doesn’t seem to work.

Hmm… Paste this in the Get field. [url]/?__a=1

Next it should automatically create a URL parameters header with a key. uncheck the private checkbox. Add a default instagram full path url with username in the Value field.

Here is my working example app for you to edit

If this doesn’t work can you send me a screenshot or temp access?


So I pasted the values you specified for the API call. That worked. But once I try making the call the follower count value doesn’t get extracted. The same thing happens with your example - I paste the account link and nothing happens, is this just me?

It’s working on my end. Not sure whats going on.

Alright, I finally figured it out. So apparently I put a slash at the end of the link and that screwed up the URL path, once I got rid of it - everything started working… This is huge fro my app, thanks a great deal!

Do you know if it’s also possible to do the same with other social networks (i.e. Facebook, Youtube,

To get the like count of any page on facebook, you can use this method below.
Create a new Call with this in the Get url:[fan_page]?fields=fan_count&access_token=123456yourtokenforyourapp

Note: you need an access token for your app.

This url will create a key with fan_page. Uncheck private.

The object you want to get the likes count is called ‘fan_count’.

Here is a picture of my setup.

Jason Smith


The “?__a=1” trick seems to not working anymore, right? New instagram data policy?
Do you have an alternative solution to get n° of followers and other basic info?


It worked for me a few months for me but now it is broken. I got the same problem as above:

You have set the data type of this call to JSON/XML, but what is returned is not an object, but a text. Please check your settings.

Has someone a way around this without using the graph API which is super unclear to me.


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