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January 09, 2023
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How to Automate Instagram Emails Scraping

Remember the old days when email scraping from Instagram was available via the script you’ve had to fashion yourself? And this is if you are a coding genius, of course. It is widely frowned upon how little Instagram the Unscrapable enjoys all these bot-like activities. Well, enough rushing through your memories or .py files, grandpa. It is time to automate your work.

If you are interested in how to build an unblockable Instagram email scraper, here is how to create one using Smartproxy’s Web Scraping API. Let’s bring those emails to the bright side.

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What is an Instagram email scraper?

Just in case you’d like some trivia, let’s agree on what we call an Instagram email scraper. In this blog post, an Instagram email scraper is a program created using Smartproxy’s Web Scraping API that helps you gather data from your targeted Instagram accounts. 

You scrape targeted profiles and then parse the data. In this case, you can find all the desirable emails of followers and followees, of the influencers and the influenced ones. 

How does the Instagram email extractor work?

Instagram email scraper works as any other regular data extractor. You send a request to Web Scraping API, and Web Scraping API returns a response with pre-packaged data.

Since the email information in Instagram usually lies in a ‘Bio’ section or under ‘Contact’ (in mobile), the email scraper walks through your targeted profile and takes public data from there. That’s how emails are extracted in bulk to an HTML file. Later you can use a parsing tool of your choice and parse that juicy raw HTML using libraries you fancy.

Why would you scrape Instagram followers’ emails?

Suppose you’re into automated Instagram email extracting already. In that case, you should have an agenda, whether you’re a marketer, a salesman, or just a regular hustler looking to break into influencer marketing. With an effective Instagram email extractor you can generate leads, partner up with Instagram sharks, save you time, and avoid errors.

Here is what you can do with extracted emails from Instagram:

  • Create a list of potential customers

Let’s say you’ve got all the emails of the followers of a specific tech influencer. You can predict these people are interested in tech topics, and now you have a way to contact them directly. If you provide relevant services to them or sell a product you feel they might be interested in – you have a list of potential leads and start cold emailing.

  • Get in touch with influencers

Not only can you list your potential customers, but you can also gather all the influencers’ emails into one file. Using a proper email finder tool omits the time-consuming manual searching, collecting, sorting, analyzing. And also – the danger of losing your soul somewhere in the green horizons of all these opened Excel tabs. With scraping, you can contact those influencers at once: boosted brand visibility, profitable partnerships, and rocket-high sales might be just one email away.

  • Avoid @gamil.com incidents

Let’s say your marketing agency asked you to make a sheet of a specific category of influencers' emails. So you are ranging through Instagram on a regular Tuesday, copy-pasting for 7 hours now. Tired of going a few profiles back, you start correcting things manually, and somehow, [email protected] becomes [email protected] Accuracy level – lost. Automated email scraping would exclude the possibility of those human-like errors.

Set up your parameters

Before you begin scraping, check the parameters you may need for social media scraping in our documentation. Parameters are basically settings that allow you to tailor our Web Scraping API according to your needs. You can set up your target, url, locale, geo, device_type, headless). For instance, if you need your proxies to act as mobile, you can change your device_type from desktop to mobile, or even specify the browser or OS. Supported parameters:

  • desktop
  • desktop_chrome
  • desktop_firefox
  • mobile
  • mobile_android
  • mobile_ios

Step-by-step guide on how to scrape Instagram emails with Python

1. Go to your dashboard, choose Web, and pick the best plan for your Web Scraping API. 

2. Set it up like you would scrape an Instagram profile:

Target a profile, e. g. NBA’s:

import requests
import json

url = "https://scrape.smartproxy.com/v1/tasks"

payload = {
"target": "universal",
"parse": False,
"url": "https://www.instagram.com/nba/",
"headless": "html"
}
headers = {
"Accept": "application/json",
"Content-Type": "application/json",
"Authorization": "Basic your_auth_details"
}

response = requests.post(url, json=payload, headers=headers)

print(response.text)

3. Replace your Authorization details (your_auth_details) after Basic to the username:password combination you’ve created earlier.

4. Response example:

{
"results": [
{
"content": "<html> Instagram page content</html>"
"status_code": 200,
"url": "https://www.instagram.com/nba/",
"task_id": "6971440655478339585",
"created_at": "2022-09-02 12:16:15",
"updated_at": "2022-09-02 12:16:37"
}
]
}

5. Of course, you’ll need HTML for parsing:

responseJSON = json.loads(response)
html = responseJSON["results"][0]["content"]

Parsing step

Email extraction happens in the parsing step. After you’ve scraped the profile, parse your HTML in a library of your choice. If you use Python, you can use BeautifulSoup with a custom parsing code. You have all the powers to write it yourself, just in case you need some inspo, here’s an example.

  1. Import packages to your program.
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup
import re

2. Load your HTML to BeautifulSoup and find the email.

soup = BeautifulSoup(html, "html.parser")
description = soup.select_one("header h1").get_text()
email = re.search(r'[\w.+-][email protected][\w-]+\.[\w.-]+', description)

if email is not None:
print(email.group(0))
else:
print("email not found")
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Frequently asked questions

What is Instagram’s position on scraping its content?

You can scrape public Instagram data only. That means no private details, no copyrighted content, just the information certain profiles agreed to display as public. 

And as long as no one is breaking any rules, you can scrape public data with ethically acclaimed tools. If an Instagram user or a business profile does not want to share their email with fellow users, prolly, you won’t be able to get this information with the harshest of APIs. Of course, before any scraping activity you must review Instagram’s T&C.

How to scrape Instagram emails for free?

Using free scraping tools can expose your personal information as well as compromise your intention. If Instagram blocks your IP, it stays blocked forever, so your most significant task is not to get exposed and to use ethically sourced proxies. Instead of ‘free’, try and search ‘best for the value’, so you can pay only for the traffic you use or the successful scraped results only and be assured your scraper provider is accountable in case of security breaches.