Drupal 7 Instagram Feed

I wanted to add an Instagram feed to the Creative Clearinghouse site, and was struggling to find the right way to do it in Drupal. I searched all over and tried using the Drupagram module (it worked but not exactly what I needed), and started looking into the Feeds module. Then I stepped back and thought “Keep it Simple, Stupid”. One other time I had been searching for an answer to something I was trying to do in Drupal, and many searches later I had no results. It wasn’t that there were search results that were wrong or old or whatever, there was just a lack of search results from people complaining that they had an issue like I was perceiving I had. Until I realized the answer was so blatantly simple that a novice would even be able to figure it out. I was just waaaaaay overthinking it.

And so this time, I started thinking along those same lines. I probably was over thinking it. All I wanted to do was get some Instagram pictures that were hash tagged with #creativeclearinghouse. There is an RSS feed from Instagram that does that. There is an Aggregator module in Drupal 7 that pulls in feeds. So I gave that a whirl. It worked with views and presto, I had my Instagram feed!

First I set up a feed under the Aggregator module configuration to the feed URL- http://instagram.com/tags/yyy/feed/recent.rsswhere yyy is a hashtag. Then I created a view that was created using an Aggregator feed type. Here is a great tutorial on how to do that – http://drupal.ucar.edu/forum/node/155 .

I ended up tweaking the Aggregator module. I know, I know this is NOT what you are supposed to do!!! However, I wanted to link back to the Instagram author and show the caption. These are not pulled in now by the Aggregator module. I wanted  the author to be set to the value of the media:credit tag and the description to be set to the media:title tag. so I added the following:


    // Resolve dc:creator tag as the item author if author tag is not set.
    if (empty($item[‘author’]) && empty($item[‘dc:creator’]) && !empty($item[‘media:credit’])) {
      $item[‘author’] = $item[‘media:credit’];



    // Resolve dc:creator tag as the item author if author tag is not set.
    if (empty($item[‘author’]) && !empty($item[‘dc:creator’])) {
      $item[‘author’] = $item[‘dc:creator’];


Also after:

    elseif (!empty($item[‘content’])) {
      $item[‘description’] = $item[‘content’];

I added:

    elseif (!empty($item[‘media:title’])) {
      $item[‘description’] = $item[‘media:title’];

   This was in the modules parser.inc file.



Update 6/5/2013:


I think what folks might be missing is this: in my view for the Aggregator View, I played around with the fields.

I have 5 fields:

Aggregator: Item ID (which I hide from display)
Aggregator: Author (which I used the option to rewrite the results)
Aggregator: Link (which I hide from display)
Aggregator: Title (which I hide from display)
Aggregator: Link (which I used the option to rewrite the results)
Aggregator: Body (which I used the option to rewrite the results)

For the Aggregator: Author field, I used the option to rewrite the results like so:

from [author]:

and I output the results as a link like so:

I checked off “external server” and “title text” was set to:

I set the Aggregator: Link field and the Aggregator: Title field to not display.

I added a second Aggregator: Link field and used the rewrite the results option with the following value:

<a href=”[link_1]”><img src=”[link_1]” width=”300px” /></a><br/>

and hid the results if empty.

For the Aggregator: Body field I also used rewriting and set the value to:

[description] <br/><br/>

Hope this helps!


    Great post. I’m experiencing many of these issues as well..

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular post!

    It’s the little changes that will make the largest changes.

    Thanks for sharing!

    I am constantly searching online for posts that can aid me.
    Thank you!

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