What is the new instagram json endpoint?

The endpoint does not exist anymore. Facebook is restricting APIs because of scandals. The data is still there of course, Instagram's frontend needs it, so the alternative right now is to scrape the page and find the json data there. Here is how I do it:

  • Do an http get to to https://www.instagram.com/<username>.
  • Look for the script tag which text's starts with window._sharedData =. You can use regular expressions or a scraping library for this.
  • The rest of the text (except for the ; at the end) is the json data you want.
  • Cast the stringified json into json in order to access it like before.
  • The first element in the 'ProfilePage' key in the 'entry_data' key corresponds exactly to the json returned by the old endpoint.

Here is an example using Python:

import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import re
import json

r = requests.get('https://www.instagram.com/github/')
soup = BeautifulSoup(r.content)
scripts = soup.find_all('script', type="text/javascript", text=re.compile('window._sharedData'))
stringified_json = scripts[0].get_text().replace('window._sharedData = ', '')[:-1]


{u'graphql': {u'user': {u'biography': u'How people build software.',
u'blocked_by_viewer': False,

In case you're seeking for the regex:

<script type="text\/javascript">window[.]_sharedData = {[\s\S]*};<\/script>