An Instagram Bot which downloads the posts from profile

I have to mention my previous posts:

  1. Instagram scraper Posts (Videos and Photos)
  2. Scraping Instagram with selenium, extract URLs, download posts

My code:

import requests
import os
import time
from selenium import webdriver
from selenium.common.exceptions import NoSuchElementException
from multiprocessing.dummy import Pool
import urllib.parse
import argparse
import re
from concurrent.futures import ThreadPoolExecutor

LINKS = []
VIDEO = []
chromedriver_path = None

def check_availability(link, session_base):
    This function checks the availability of profile and the status code
    :param session_base: The requests session
    :param link:  link that searching for and includes the profile name
    :return: raise Exception if <privacy> is True and <followed_by_viewer> is False
    search = session_base.get(urllib.parse.urljoin(link, "?__a=1"))

    load_and_check = search.json()
    privacy = load_and_check.get("graphql").get("user").get("is_private")
    followed_by_viewer = load_and_check.get("graphql").get("user").get("followed_by_viewer")
    if privacy and not followed_by_viewer:
        raise Exception("[!] Account is private")

def fetch_url(url, session_base):
    This function extracts images and videos
    :param session_base: The requests session
    :param url: Taking the url of array LINKS
    logging_page_id = session_base.get(url.split()[0]).json()
        """Taking Gallery Photos or Videos"""
        for log_pages in logging_page_id['graphql']['shortcode_media']['edge_sidecar_to_children']['edges']:
            video = log_pages.get("node").get("is_video")
            if video:
                video_url = log_pages.get("node").get("video_url")
                image = log_pages.get("node").get("display_url")

    except KeyError:
        """Unique photo or Video"""
        image = logging_page_id.get('graphql').get('shortcode_media').get('display_url')

        if logging_page_id.get('graphql').get('shortcode_media').get("is_video"):
            videos = logging_page_id.get('graphql').get('shortcode_media').get("video_url")

class InstagramPV:

    def __init__(self, username, password, folder, search_name):

        :param username: username
        :param password: password
        :param folder: folder name
        :param search_name: the name what will search
        self.username = username
        self.password = password
        self.folder = folder
        self.HttpBase = requests.Session()

        """To avoid any errors, with regex find the url and taking the name <search_name>"""
        find_name = "".join(re.findall(r"(?P<url>https?://[^\s]+)", search_name))
        if find_name.startswith("https"):
            self.search_name = urllib.parse.urlparse(find_name).path.split("/")[1]
            self.search_name = search_name

        if chromedriver_path is not None:
            self.driver = webdriver.Chrome(chromedriver_path)
            self.driver = webdriver.Chrome()

    def __enter__(self):
        return self

    def control(self):
        Create the folder name and raises an error if already exists
        if not os.path.exists(self.folder):
            raise FileExistsError("[*] Already Exists This Folder")

    def login(self):
        """Login To Instagram"""
        submit = self.driver.find_element_by_tag_name('form')

        """Check For Invalid Credentials"""
            var_error = self.driver.find_element_by_class_name("eiCW-").text
            raise ValueError("[!] Invalid Credentials")
        except NoSuchElementException:

            """Close Notifications"""
            self.driver.find_element_by_xpath('//button[text()="Not Now"]').click()
        except NoSuchElementException:

        """Taking Cookies and update the self.HttpBase"""
        cookies = self.driver.get_cookies()

        for cookie in cookies:
            c = {cookie["name"]: cookie["value"]}


        """Checking for availability"""
        check_availability("https://www.instagram.com/{name}/".format(name=self.search_name), self.HttpBase)

        return self.scroll_down()

    def _get_href(self):
        elements = self.driver.find_elements_by_xpath("//a[@href]")
        for elem in elements:
            urls = elem.get_attribute("href")
            if "p" in urls.split("/"):

    def scroll_down(self):
        """Taking hrefs while scrolling down"""
        end_scroll = []
        while True:
            self.driver.execute_script("window.scrollTo(0, document.body.scrollHeight);")
            new_height = self.driver.execute_script("return document.body.scrollHeight")
            if end_scroll.count(end_scroll[-1]) > 4:

    def extraction_url(self):
        """Gathering Images and Videos Using ThreadPoolExecutor and pass to function <fetch_url> """
        links = list(set(LINKS))
        print("[!] Ready for video - images".title())
        print(f"[*] extracting {len(links)} posts , please wait...".title())

        new_links = [urllib.parse.urljoin(link, "?__a=1") for link in links]
        with ThreadPoolExecutor(max_workers=8) as executor:
            [executor.submit(fetch_url, link, self.HttpBase) for link in new_links]

    def _download_video(self, new_videos):
        Saving the content of video in the file
        number, link = new_videos
        with open(os.path.join(self.folder, f"Video{number}.mp4"), "wb") as f:
            content_of_video = InstagramPV.content_of_url(link)

    def _images_download(self, new_pictures):
        """Saving the content of picture in the file"""
        number, link = new_pictures
        with open(os.path.join(self.folder, f"Image{number}.jpg"), "wb") as f:
            content_of_picture = InstagramPV.content_of_url(link)

    def downloading_video_images(self):
        """Using multiprocessing for Saving Images and Videos"""
        print("[*] ready for saving images and videos!".title())
        new_pictures = list(set(PICTURES))
        new_videos = list(set(VIDEO))
        picture_data = [i for i in enumerate(new_pictures)]
        video_data = [i for i in enumerate(new_videos)]
        pool = Pool(8)
        pool.map(self._images_download, picture_data)
        pool.map(self._download_video, video_data)
        print("[+] Done")

    def __exit__(self, exc_type, exc_val, exc_tb):

    def content_of_url(url):
        req = requests.get(url)
        return req.content

def main():
    parser = argparse.ArgumentParser()
    parser.add_argument("-u", "--username", help='Username or your email of your account', action="store",
    parser.add_argument("-p", "--password", help='Password of your account', action="store", required=True)
    parser.add_argument("-f", "--filename", help='Filename for storing data', action="store", required=True)
    parser.add_argument("-n", "--name", help='Name to search', action="store", required=True)
    args = parser.parse_args()

    with InstagramPV(args.username, args.password, args.filename, args.name) as pv:

if __name__ == '__main__':

1 Answer 1


Requests makes things easy

session_base.get(urllib.parse.urljoin(link, "?__a=1"))

should be

session_base.get(link, params={__a: 1})

Exception types

    raise Exception("[!] Account is private")

The use of the base Exception should be replaced by a custom exception of yours. They're easy to make, and using them makes it so that upstream code can more meaningfully handle exceptions.

Some things need to exist

In these two cases:

            video_url = log_pages.get("node").get("video_url")

            image = log_pages.get("node").get("display_url")

the dictionary value is mandatory, so you shouldn't get it; you should use regular bracket indexing. This will allow failures to be caught earlier, instead of leaking None into your data.


self.HttpBase = requests.Session()

Member variables should be lower_snake_case, i.e. http_base.

Don't repeat yourself


should be put in a temporary variable.

Packed-tuple argument?


def _images_download(self, new_pictures):
    number, link = new_pictures

is a little odd probably necessary due to your use of map, so never mind.

List creation

[i for i in enumerate(new_pictures)]

should just be


but since you are only iterating through it once, don't even materialize it to a list; simply leave it as

picture_data = enumerate(new_pictures)



LINKS = []
VIDEO = []

are a problem. They're assigned in global scope, and then both written to and read from a class instance. The easy, and vaguely correct, thing to do is to move all of them to members of InstagramPV. fetch_url would then need to either:

  1. return new video and picture lists; or
  2. move to being a method on InstagramPV and populate the members there.

I think I'd vote for the second, although this is bordering on making an uber-class without meaningful separation. One way to split this up is to make a class for Instagram data (links, pictures, videos) and a class for Instagram scraping (session, authentication, etc.); but I could be convinced that there are other sensible approaches.

Session use

Why isn't this:

def content_of_url(url):
    req = requests.get(url)
    return req.content

using your session? It's surprising that it does the right thing without a cookie jar.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I owe you many thanks and i will update my post to tell you how much i appreciate you and the community. but I could be convinced that there are other sensible approaches . Do you mean to change all my code and try to find a different way? Can you give me an example? \$\endgroup\$
    – AlexDotis
    Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 14:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ Put another way: once this round of review is over and you have a large(r) InstagramPV class, that means the obvious problems have largely been addressed, and more abstract problems would need to be approached, in this case object-oriented structure. I'd not worry about that yet. \$\endgroup\$
    – Reinderien
    Commented Mar 16, 2020 at 14:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ First of all @Reinderien i thank you. Second , i promise that i will not stop until i will "hear" "well done" from you :). I know that it will be very difficult, but give me a chance to impress you with my progress. It's a challenge for me. My new question \$\endgroup\$
    – AlexDotis
    Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 20:09
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    \$\begingroup\$ Great attitude :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Reinderien
    Commented Mar 17, 2020 at 20:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ Packed-tuple argument edited - I don't think you can easily escape the need for a single tuple. \$\endgroup\$
    – Reinderien
    Commented Apr 5, 2020 at 3:18

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