Get your Instagram Access Token

It’s really easy to generate your own Instagram token in a safe and secure manner. Just follow the steps below and let me know in the comments whether you have any questions.

Step 1

Head over to http://instagram.com/developer. Login to your account. Then click on Manage Clients, and finally on Register a New Client

Instagram Register New Client

Step 2

Fill out the required fields for registering a new client id. To comply with the Instagram terms of service, be sure to use a meaningful application name.

Set the OAuth redirect_uri field to http://localhost. In computer networking, localhost means this computer. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Localhost for more details.

We use localhost for security so that all of your sensitive information is only sent to instagram’s servers and your computer.

Step 3

Now that you've generated a new client id, paste it into the placeholder in the link below and enter the full url into your web browser.

https://instagram.com/oauth/authorize/?client_id=[CLIENT_ID_HERE]&redirect_uri=http://localhost&response_type=token

Instagram will ask you whether you want to grant the client you registered in Step 2 access to your account. Click yes and Instagram will redirect your browser back to your localhost.

The newly generated access token will be contained in the url bar of your browser after #access_token=

Instagram Access Token Generation

Treat your Instagram access token like you would your Instagram password. Do not share your Instagram access token with anyone.

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