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igdl - Instagram Image Downloader

igdl is a Python script for downloading an image from a given Instagram URL and either save it directly to disk or write it to stdout. It will automatically pick the highest image resolution available.

This is a quickly concocted tool to suit my own modest needs. It only works with images and only those that are publicly available.

igdl has been developed on and for Linux, but will probably work on most systems, including Windows. igdl is released under the MIT license. It requires Python 3.5 to work and is linted with these settings.


The latest release is v1.0.3 (2020-12-28)


Screenshot of IGDL usage examples in an xterm and an image viewer displaying a photo of a dog downloaded with IGDL
Example igdl session.