Retrieve Information from Instagram

To retrieve information from Instagram, create a new fetch task by following these steps. The connector runs fetch tasks automatically, based on the schedule that is configured in the configuration file.

To create a new fetch task

  1. Stop the connector.
  2. Open the configuration file in a text editor.
  3. In the [FetchTasks] section of the configuration file, specify the number of fetch tasks using the Number parameter. If you are configuring the first fetch task, type Number=1. If one or more fetch tasks have already been configured, increase the value of the Number parameter by one (1). Below the Number parameter, specify the names of the fetch tasks, starting from zero (0). For example:

    [FetchTasks]
    Number=1
    0=MyTask1
  4. Below the [FetchTasks] section, create a new TaskName section. The name of the section must match the name of the new fetch task. For example:

    [FetchTasks]
    Number=1
    0=MyTask1
    
    [MyTask1]
  5. In the new section, ensure that you have set the parameters required to authenticate with Instagram. The OAuth configuration tool (described in Configure OAuth Authentication) creates a file that contains these parameters, and you can include them in the connector's configuration file using the following syntax:

    [MyTask1] < "oauth.cfg" [OAUTH]

    For more information about including parameters from another file, see Include an External Configuration File

  6. In the new section, set the following configuration parameters:

    ProxyHost The host name or IP address of the proxy server to use to access Instagram.
    ProxyPort The port of the proxy server to use to access Instagram.
    LuaConfigureScript The name of the Lua script to use to retrieve information. Set this parameter to configure_instagram.lua.
  7. Set one of the following groups of parameters to choose how to retrieve information from Instagram:

  8. (Optional) Set the following parameters to specify what to retrieve:

    EnableContent A Boolean value that specifies whether to ingest the image or video content from an Instagram post as the document content.
    EnableComments A Boolean value that specifies whether to ingest comments that are associated with an Instagram post in the document metadata.
    EnableLikes A Boolean value that specifies whether to ingest the "likes" that are associated with an Instagram post in the document metadata.
    MaxResults The maximum number of Instagram posts (images or videos) to process.
  9. Save and close the configuration file.

    You can now start the connector.


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