Instagram Integration

Uploads from the Instagram API support the following types of files:

Only image files are selectable.

Section Quick Jump:

API OAUTH Webhooks

Using the Instagram API

  1. User selects Instagram from services list
  2. user authenticates connection by logging into Instagram account
  3. user is connected and can select photos from Instagram in Filestack dialog

Instagram api upload widget

Upload from Instagram

Uploading or "picking" a file from Instagram in the context of Filestack means choosing a file and creating a distributable link to that file where it exists in Instagram. This is the Filestack URL that all "Pick" functions return. If you are using the pickAndStore method, then the file from Instagram is copied to a new storage location.

Sample Upload Code
filepicker.pick( { mimetypes: ['image/*'], services:['INSTAGRAM'], }, function(Blob){ console.log(JSON.stringify(Blob)); } );

Download to Instagram

Exporting a file to Instagram with Filestack is not currently possible.

Sample Image Conversion Code for Instagram

If you have a Filestack Blob object or Filestack URL, then you can use the Filestack REST or Javascript APIs to convert office documents and image files. In the sample code below we "pick" an image file from Instagram and use the Javascript API convert method to resize the image to 400w by 400h in pixels.

Sample Conversion Code
filepicker.pick( { services: ['INSTAGRAM'], mimetype: 'image/*', }, function(pickedBlob){ console.log("Conversion in progress...") filepicker.convert( pickedBlob, { width: 400, height: 400, }, { location: 'S3' }, function(convertedBlob){ console.log("Converted file url: ", convertedBlob.url); console.log("File is stored under your S3: ", convertedBlob.key); filepicker.remove( pickedBlob, function(){ console.log("Removed"); } ); } ); } );

Create your own Instagram OAuth application to Connect to Filestack:

By default, you do not need to configure anything to start uploading files from Instagram, Filestack is ready to go out of the box. When a user logs into their Instagram account from your site, the Filestack company application will show up. You can configure it so that your application shows up instead in order to make a more seamless experience for your customers. So let's get started.

This video walks through the steps listed below

  1. Go to
  2. Go to the instagram developer page
  3. Click Register and fill out the form.
    Click register and fill out the form
  4. Go to and Click Register A New Client.
    Click register a new client
  5. Fill out the form and use this url as the Redirect URI
    Enter the information including the Redirect URI
  6. Your application is registered. Copy the Client ID and Client Secret.
    Copy the Client ID and Client Secret
  7. Now go to the developer portal and click on Auth Keys on the left hand side. Scroll down to instagram and cut and paste the Client ID into Instagram App Key and Client Secret into Instagram App Secret and then hit save.
    Enter the App Key and App Secret in the Filestack developer portal
  8. Next test your app to make sure it works.
    Test your application to make sure it works
  9. Agree to the authorization request.
    accept the authorization request
  10. Success!!!
    Congratulations, your application works

Congratulations! You have successfully connected Filestack with Instagram using oauth.

Instagram Webhooks for Your Application

Instagram Webhooks serve the purpose of notifying users about events that occur in relation to their Filestack account. In your developer portal, you can set one or many urls whose purpose is to receive the messages triggered by specific Filestack events.

These are the three event types that will send messages to your webhook url(s) concerning Instagram:

  • Instagram File Uploads
  • Instagram File Exports
  • Instagram File Conversions

Configuring Instagram Webhooks

Filestack Webhooks are configured in the developer portal under Credentials > Webhooks. If you enter your url and select "All", then one entry will be made for each type of Filestack Webhook Event, including the ones for Instagram. To learn more about configuring and receiving webhooks please visit our main webhooks documentation page.

Receiving a Instagram Webhook Notification

Configuring your server to receive a new webhook is the same as creating any page on your website. If you are using Sinatra, add a new route with the desired URL. In PHP you could create a new .php file on your server. It doesn't need to be complicated. With webhooks, your server is the server receiving the request. You can even use an external service such as RequestBin as shown in the screenshot above.

Webhook data is sent as JSON in the request's body. The full event details are included and can be used directly. The "action" in the JSON is the type of Filestack event that happened, be it a file being uploaded, or simply the Filestack dialog opening.

Filestack will retry sending a webhook 3 times if the first attempt fails. The second attempt to deliver a webhook happens 5 minutes after the first attempt, the third attempt happens after 1 hour, and the final attempt to deliver a webhook happens 12 hours after the first attempt.

Note that for file uploads, both symlinks and files copied with pickAndStore, the "client" field shows the service used.

For conversions, the "provider" shows where the file resides. If the file was stored to Filestack's storage, the provider will be "internal", otherwise it could be "amazon" if the original was stored to S3, or one of the cloud drives Filestack connects to, such as "Instagram" if the link to the file was a symlink.

The following are examples of what the Instagram specific webhook messages include and look like:

  1. File Upload (symlink):

  2. {  

  3. File Upload (with store):

  4. {

  5. File Export (save to):

  6. {
      "action": "fp.export",
      "timestamp": 1444257665, 
      "id": 142447, 
        "source": "",
        "client": "Instagram",
        "filename": "newFiletest.jpg",
        "created": ""

  7. File Conversion:

  8. {