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Instagram 400 BAD REQUEST

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Est Digital
Est Digital

Hi, i can’t get the module to work. i want to show a picture feed from instagram, ive made the client_id but i get this PHP error on the page (the client_id has been replaced with *):

A PHP Error was encountered

Severity: Warning

Message: file_get_contents(;_id=****): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 400 BAD REQUEST

Filename: simplee_instagram/pi.simplee_instagram.php

Line Number: 179

Any idea whats wrong?

Jamie Blacker
# 1
Jamie Blacker

This seems to be down to Instagram changing the API to require an access token. I’m not sure when this was introduced, but this page states:
The Instagram API requires an access_token from authenticated users for each endpoint. We no longer support making requests using just the client_id.

So it’d be great to get a proper fix for this from someone who understands the IG API and this plugin a bit better, but as a short term fix, the following works for me (albeit with a few php notices).

First you need to get your access token. Follow the instructions here:

Then you need to modify this plugin a bit.

Add this:

Add to line 22:
$this->access_token = INSTAGRAM_ACCESS_TOKEN;

Add to line 133:
$get[‘access_token’] = $this->access_token;

That will then append the access token to the API call and should work.

# 2

Sorry to hijack this thread. I tried Jamie’s workaround method, but can’t seem to get it to work. It shows the error:

Message: file_get_contents([username]&count=1&client;_id=[client_id]&access;_token=[access_token]): failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request

[square brackets indicate edited credentials]

and also

“Could not find a user with username”

Am I missing something?

Jamie Blacker
# 3
Jamie Blacker

Is it possible that instagram just isn’t finding anything with the query? I’ve only tried my workaround with this tag (it’s a live site, so i don’t want to play much!):

{exp:simplee_instagram:user user_id="USER_ID" limit="20"}
<a href="{link}" target="_blank"><img src="{thumbnail}" alt="{caption}" width="150" height="150" /></a>

Maybe try that and see if that works - if so, then it might mean that my workaround is very specific! Sorry!

# 4

Hi Jamie, sorry for the late reply, finally got down to testing it.

And it works!

My problem the first time round was due to authorisation error: In, for step 3, you actually need to be logged in to the instagram account that you’re pulling data from. Hence, for client work, you’ll need to get them to run the steps and give you the access token.

I also had to use userid=”“, instead of username

# 5

This change is effectively what i worked out myself the hard way! it does work.
However, certain features such as multiple images, and videos still play up.

# 6

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Aric Joshua
# 7
Aric Joshua

So it’d be great to have a good fix for this from someone who knows a bit more about the IG API and this plugin. This update stick merge is essentially what I’ve carefully found out on my own! It’s effective. Certain capabilities, such as numerous photos and movies, do, nevertheless, continue to work.