Instagram private API wrapper for full access to instagram

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NodeJS Instagram private API client


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From npm

npm install instagram-private-api

From github

npm install github:dilame/instagram-private-api

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You can find usage examples here

Note for JavaScript users: As of Node v.13.5.0, there isn't support for ESModules and the 'import'-syntax. So you have to read the imports in the examples like this:

import { A } from 'b'const { A } = require('b')

import { IgApiClient } from './index';
import { sample } from 'lodash';
const ig = new IgApiClient();
// You must generate device id's before login.
// Id's generated based on seed
// So if you pass the same value as first argument - the same id's are generated every time
// Optionally you can setup proxy url
ig.state.proxyUrl = process.env.IG_PROXY;
(async () => {
  // Execute all requests prior to authorization in the real Android application
  // Not required but recommended
  await ig.simulate.preLoginFlow();
  const loggedInUser = await ig.account.login(process.env.IG_USERNAME, process.env.IG_PASSWORD);
  // The same as preLoginFlow()
  // Optionally wrap it to process.nextTick so we dont need to wait ending of this bunch of requests
  process.nextTick(async () => await ig.simulate.postLoginFlow());
  // Create UserFeed instance to get loggedInUser's posts
  const userFeed = ig.feed.user(loggedInUser.pk);
  const myPostsFirstPage = await userFeed.items();
  // All the feeds are auto-paginated, so you just need to call .items() sequentially to get next page
  const myPostsSecondPage = await userFeed.items();
  await ig.media.like({
    // Like our first post from first page or first post from second page randomly
    mediaId: sample([myPostsFirstPage[0].id, myPostsSecondPage[0].id]),
    moduleInfo: {
      module_name: 'profile',
      user_id: loggedInUser.pk,
      username: loggedInUser.username,
    d: sample([0, 1]),

Basic concepts


Feed allows you to get data. Every feed is accessible via ig.feed.feedName. See nice example and learn how to work with library feeds.

Available feeds key list:

accountFollowers, accountFollowing, news, discover, pendingFriendships, blockedUsers, directInbox, directPending, directThread, user, tag, location, mediaComments, reelsMedia, reelsTray, timeline, musicTrending, musicSearch, musicGenre, musicMood, usertags, saved

Most of the feeds requires initialization parameter, like user pk. Check autogenerated docs, every feed doc link starts with feeds/ and contains constructor with argument if needed.


Repositories implements low-level atomic operations. Any repository method must make at most one api-request. There is repository listing below, so you can get information about methods of each repository from our autogenerated docs.

Keys is a little hints, with it you will be able to get access to repository via ig.key.

Key Repository class documentation
account AccountRepository
attribution AttributionRepository
challenge ChallengeRepository
consent ConsentRepository
creatives CreativesRepository
direct DirectRepository
directThread DirectThreadRepository
discover DiscoverRepository
fbsearch FbsearchRepository
friendship FriendshipRepository
launcher LauncherRepository
linkedAccount LinkedAccountRepository
live LiveRepository
location LocationRepository
locationSearch LocationSearch
loom LoomRepository
media MediaRepository
music MusicRepository
news NewsRepository
qe QeRepository
qp QpRepository
tag TagRepository
upload UploadRepository
user UserRepository
zr ZrRepository


Services will help you to maintain some actions without calling a couple repositority methods or perform complex things like pre and postlogin flow simulations or photo/video publishing.

Key Service class documentation
publish PublishService
search SearchService
simulate SimulateService
story StoryService


In order to get debug infos provided by the library, you can enable debugging. The prefix for this library is ig. To get all debug logs (recommended) set the namespace to ig:*.


In node you only have to set the environment variable DEBUG to the desired namespace. Further information


In the browser you have to set localStorage.debug to the desired namespace. Further information


If you need features that is not implemented - feel free to implement and create PRs!

Plus we need some documentation, so if you are good in it - you are welcome.

Setting up your environment is described here.

Useful links

instagram-id-to-url-segment - convert the image url fragment to the media ID

Special thanks

  • Richard Hutta, original author of this library. Thanks to him for starting it.

Thanks to contributors

  • Nerixyz, for writing a huge amount of code for this library.