Natively Connect to Instagram Data in PHP

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Instagram ODBC Driver

The Instagram ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Instagram, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

With the Instagram ODBC Driver accessing live Users, Relationships, Media, Tags, etc. is as easy as querying a database.



The CData ODBC driver for Instagram enables you to create PHP applications with connectivity to Instagram data. Leverage the native support for ODBC in PHP.

Drop the CData ODBC Driver for Instagram into your LAMP or WAMP stack to build Instagram-connected Web applications. This article shows how to use PHP's ODBC built-in functions to connect to Instagram data, execute queries, and output the results.

Configure a DSN

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

Instagram uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Instagram. See the help documentation for a guide.

Establish a Connection

Open the connection to Instagram by calling the odbc_connect or odbc_pconnect methods. To close connections, use odbc_close or odbc_close_all.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Instagram Source","user","password");

Connections opened with odbc_connect are closed when the script ends. Connections opened with the odbc_pconnect method are still open after the script ends. This enables other scripts to share that connection when they connect with the same credentials. By sharing connections among your scripts, you can save system resources, and queries execute faster.

$conn = odbc_pconnect("CData ODBC Instagram Source","user","password"); ... odbc_close($conn); //persistent connection must be closed explicitly

Create Prepared Statements

Create prepared statements and parameterized queries with the odbc_prepare function.

$query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Media WHERE TagName = ?");

Execute Queries

Execute prepared statements with odbc_execute.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Instagram Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Media WHERE TagName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('goldfish'));

Execute nonparameterized queries with odbc_exec.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Instagram Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Link, LikesCount FROM Media");

Process Results

Access a row in the result set as an array with the odbc_fetch_array function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Instagram data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_exec($conn, "SELECT Link, LikesCount FROM Media"); while($row = odbc_fetch_array($query)){ echo $row["Link"] . "\n"; }

Display the result set in an HTML table with the odbc_result_all function.

$conn = odbc_connect("CData ODBC Instagram data Source","user","password"); $query = odbc_prepare($conn, "SELECT * FROM Media WHERE TagName = ?"); $success = odbc_execute($query, array('goldfish')); if($success) odbc_result_all($query);

More Example Queries

You will find complete information on the driver's supported SQL in the help documentation. The code examples above are Instagram-specific adaptations of the PHP community documentation for all ODBC functions.