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javascript – Find out whether a user has a public or private profile on instagram using API?

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I’ve done a fair bit of searching on the Instagram API docs and can’t find a way to determine whether or not a user has a public or protected profile?

This also has to be done without an access_token. I have a client_id to use.

Just for a bit of context, I’m just building a small practice app which reads a csv of usernames in PHP and then makes a call to the API to determine whether it is public or private.

How to&Answers:

Use the GET relationship endpoint.

https://api.instagram.com/v1/users/user-id/relationship

This endpoint returns a BOOL value “target_user_is_private”.

Answer:

You can use the User Media endpoint with client_id:

https://api.instagram.com/v1/users/USER_ID/media/recent/?client_id=YOUR-CLIENT_ID

If the user is private you will get a response like this:

{"meta":{"error_type":"APINotAllowedError","code":400,"error_message":"you cannot view this resource"}}

If the user is public, then you will get API response with "code":200 with user recent media data – "data":[...]