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Instagram API Scala

14 May 2013

This is an Scala implementation of the Instagram API.

This project uses scalaj-http to send HTTP-requests and lift-json to parse the JSON response to case classes.

You need to register an application for Instagram and get a client id (and later an access token for full access) before you can use this API. First register on: instagram.com/developer to get the required client id and secret - then use this API to receive an access token.

A Response object is returned from all methods and it contains:

Installation & Demo

You can use SBT to download the required dependencies and run the Demo-file:

sbt run

The demo-file contains all implemented methods but you need to uncomment some of them to try them (to avoid spamming the Instagram servers). You need to get a client id (and optionally an access token) before running the examples.

Adding to your project

Simply run:

sbt package

To create a Jar-file. However, you need to add the dependencies below to your project manually!


"net.liftweb" %% "lift-json" % "2.5"
"org.scalaj" %% "scalaj-http" % "0.3.15"

Implementation status


Not implemented

Example usage

// You need to request these variables from Instagram: www.instagram.com/developer
val clientId = "client-id"
val clientSecret = "client-secret"
val redirectURI = "redirect-URI"

// Client-Side (Implicit) Authentication
// Get a URL to call. This URL will return the TOKEN in the URI after the #-symbol (and you're done)..
println(Authenticator.tokenURL(clientId, redirectURI))
// You can append scopes by doing println(Authenticator.tokenURL(clientId, redirectURI, comments = true, relationships = true, likes = true))

// Server-side (Explicit) Flow
// Step 1: Get a URL to call. This URL will return the CODE to use in step 2 in the URI as a parameter code.
println(Authenticator.codeURL(clientId, redirectURI))
// You can append scopes by doing println(Authenticator.codeURL(clientId, redirectURI, comments = true, relationships = true, likes = true))
// Step 2: Request a token for the code requested in step 1 (the code is valid one time only).
// This will return Either a Authentication object with access token and user information or a Meta object on failure.
println(Authenticator.requestToken(clientId, clientSecret, redirectURI, code = "the-code-from-step-1"))

// Use either Left("The access-token you requested") or Right("your client ID").
// Note that not all features are available without an access token.
val instagram = new Instagram(accessTokenOrClientId = Left("Put-access-token-here"))

// println("Here is some stuff you can do (when you have a valid Access Token or Client Id):")

// println(s"Get basic information about a name: ${instagram.userInfo("12895238")}")

// println(s"Search for a name by name: ${instagram.userSearch("AntonFagerberg")}")

// println(s"Get the list of users this user follows: ${instagram.follows("12895238")}")

// println(s"Get the list of users this user is followed by: ${instagram.followedBy("12895238")}")

// println(s"See the authenticated user's feed: ${instagram.feed()}") // Token

// println(s"Get the most recent media published by a user: ${instagram.mediaRecent("12895238")}")

// println(s"See the authenticated user's list of liked media: ${instagram.liked()}") // Token

// println(s"Get information about a media object: ${instagram.media("452194471682227494_12895238")}")

// println(s"Get a list of currently popular media: ${instagram.popular}")

// println(s"Get a full list of comments on a media: ${instagram.comments("452194471682227494_12895238")}")

// println(s"Get a list of users who have liked this media: ${instagram.likes("452194471682227494_12895238")}")

// println(s"Get information about a tag object: ${instagram.tagInformation("hipster")}")

// println(s"Get information about a tag object: ${instagram.tagSearch("snowy")}")

// println(s"Get a list of recently tagged media: ${instagram.tagRecent("beer")}")

// println(s"Get information about a location: ${instagram.location("1")}")

// println(s"Get a list of media objects from a given location: ${instagram.locationMedia("1")}")

// println(s"Search for a location by geographic coordinate: ${instagram.locationSearch(Some("48.858844" -> "2.294351"))}")

// println(s"Like an image: ${instagram.like("457326401520123505_12895238")}")

// println(s"Unlike an image: ${instagram.unlike("457326401520123505_12895238")}")

// println(s"Relationship to a user: ${instagram.relationship("12895238")}")

// println(s"Follow a user: ${instagram.relationshipFollow("12895238")}")

// println(s"Unfollow a user: ${instagram.relationshipUnfollow("12895238")}")

// println(s"Block a user: ${instagram.relationshipBlock("12895238")}")

// println(s"Unblock a user: ${instagram.relationshipUnblock("12895238")}")

// println(s"Approve a user: ${instagram.relationshipApprove("12895238")}")

// println(s"Ignore a user: ${instagram.relationshipIgnore("12895238")}")

// println(s"Relationship requests: ${instagram.relationshipRequests}")

// Whitelisting of client is needed for comment access.
// Please visit http://bit.ly/instacomments for commenting access
// println(instagram.comment("457326401520123505_12895238", "test! :D"))
// println(instagram.commentDelete("media-id", "comment-id"))

// println(s"Search for images near a coordinate: ${instagram.mediaSearch("48.858844" -> "2.294351")}")




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