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Another API-less Instagram pictures and videos downloader.

Project description

Not all treasure’s silver and gold, mate.

InstaLooter is a program that can download any picture or video associated from an Instagram profile, without any API access. It can be seen as a re-implementation of the now deprecated InstaRaider developed by @akurtovic.


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InstaLooter comes with its CLI:

$ instaLooter <username> <directory> [options]
$ instaLooter hashtag <hashtag> <directory> [options]


  • username
    the username of the instagram account to download pictures and videos from.
  • hashtag
    the hashtag to download pictures and videos from.
  • directory
    the directory to download files into.


  • -n NUM, --num-to-dl NUM
    number of maximum new posts to download (if not specified all posts are downloaded).
  • -m, --add-metadata
    add date and caption metadata to downloaded pictures (requires piexif and PIL/Pillow)
  • -v, --get-videos
    also download videos.
  • -j JOBS, --jobs JOBS
    the number of parallel threads to use to download files. It is advised to use a value of at least 12 as Instagram profile pages display 12 medias at a time in order to insure parallel download of all files. [default: 16]
  • -c CRED, --credentials CRED
    the login and password to use to login to Instagram, if needed (for instance: downloading medias from a private account you follow). [format: login:password]
  • -q, --quiet
    do not produce any output.


From PyPI

$ pip install instaLooter  # requires super-user rights

From GitHub

$ git clone
$ cd InstaLooter
$ pip install .            # requires super-user rights

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