Extract Instagram posts

Scrape the posts published on any Instagram profile to get content ideas or leads. We have created this automation to help you find leads or content ideas by scraping posts from any profile on Instagram. The data that you get will get you a lot of ideas & insights into what works and what doesn’t.

Here are some usecases/applications of using this automation:

  1. For instance, you own a content curation page and want to feature posts from the best creators. Use this spice to scrape posts & post them on your page one by one. Content curation is one of the best ways to build an audience. This spice is ideal for such content curation pages.
  2. You can collect these published posts on Instagram & scrape the details of people who’re commenting on those posts. Those people can be your leads.

Here are some other automation you can run on any Instagram profile URL:

  1. Scrape their email address for cold outreach
  2. Take a screenshot of their profile
  3. Auto like the recent posts from an Instagram account
  4. Automatically watch Instagram stories
  5. Scrape Instagram stories from any Instagram account
  6. Scrape posts published on an Instagram account

How to extract Instagram posts?

Profile URL is the primary input for this spice. You can customize the output by choosing the time, the post was published, or choose to scrape only one image (in the case of carousels).

Here are the steps to use this automation:

  1. Create a free TexAu account here
  2. Enter the profile URL in the given field. If you have a list of Profile URLs you want to scrape the posts from, create a CSV or Google sheet and link it in the steps shown below.
  3. Enter the post time, if you want to extract posts published during a specific time.
  4. Check the box if you want to extract only single images & skip scraping carousel posts.
  5. You can specify the number of posts to scrape. This is to keep the automation in check & not abuse the automation.
  6. Run the automation right away or schedule it so that automation can scrape posts from profiles only during specific times.

Limitations & important points to note

  1. You can run this spice 20 times a day. You will have to keep in mind your daily limit. Find those details here.
  2. If you’re using the web version, make sure you toggle the ‘Use Proxy button’. This will require you to add a proxy to your account. If you use the TexAu Desktop app, you don’t have to worry about purchasing a proxy or even setting one.

Let’s see how to extract Instagram posts

Here we will see the steps of the execution & the inputs required for this spice.

The whole execution will play around these 8 input points & the total time to execute this will be around 1-2 minutes, depending on the number of Profile URLs you want to scrape.

Here’s what each of the input points means:

  1. SessionID: Instagram uses this piece of information to ensure it’s really you who’s using the profile.
  2. Profile URL: Enter the Profile URL in this field. If you have a list of Profile URLs in a CSV or a Google sheet. Use that in step 6.
  3. Post Time: Specify the time the post was published. You can scrape posts published only in that specified time frame.
  4. Extract only a single image: In case you have added a carousel post, you can check this box if you don’t want to scrape all the slides.
  5. Number of posts: Specify how many posts you want to scrape. If left blank, up to 1500 posts will be scrapped.
  6. Upload a CSV or Link a Google Sheet: Here you can upload a CSV or link a Google sheet. There are some extra steps here & we will cover them in the next section.
  7. Scrape Instagram post: Clicking on this button will immediately start the execution.
  8. Schedule this spice: You can choose to schedule this spice to find company IDs.

How to extract Instagram posts?

Once your account is set up and you have completed the onboarding, visit the Spice page in the app. TexAu acts on your behalf on Instagram to run this automation.

TexAu is the safest automation platform on the web, it uses your Instagram session cookie to authenticate as you to run this automation. We never ask for your login credentials. To make filling session cookies easier, you can use the TexAu Chrome extension. This process only requires 2 clicks.

Download TexAu Extension for Chrome here: TexAu Chrome Extension [Used and loved by over 4000+ customers]

Refresh your automation page and click on the Get Cookie button. Make sure you’re logged in to your Instagram account & the activated chrome extension will do the job.

In case if you are not using Google Chrome, check this guide on how to get cookies manually from your browser. We are working hard to bring our extension to all the major browsers very soon.

Step 2: Upload the CSV or paste Google sheet URL (only if you have multiple profile URLs)

If you have a CSV, simply upload it from your PC. If you have a Google Sheet, there are some extra steps.

  • First, paste the Google sheet’s URL.
  • Either get the session cookie or use our chrome extension to do it with the click of a button.
  • Input the column containing the profile URLs. Make sure you choose the right column for successful execution.

For the final touch, make sure you have set the sheet as public (as shown below) so the TexAu can access it.

Step 3: Start execution or schedule the automation

Clicking on the Scrape Instagram Post button will immediately start the execution. Based on the number of Profile URLs you want to scrape posts from, the execution time will vary.

Scheduling the automation will give you additional points to control the execution. You can choose specific days of the week or month, specific times daily. You can even set a specific start & end time of the execution.

The advantage of automating the whole process is that you don’t have to actively sit in front of your PC while TexAu does its job.

Step 4: Download execution results to your local PC

Once you click on the Scrape Instagram Post button, the execution will begin and then you will see the following message in the execution log.

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Once you see, click on the ‘Result’ button where you can view your results & download the result as a CSV file as shown below.

Note: Alternatively you can download results from the Results menu on the left-hand navigation, just hover over the menu & click on Results as shown below:

That’s all you need to extract Instagram posts.

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