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Social Media Downloader


There are many Instagram feed plugins for WordPress available. Unfortunately, Instagram would rather users not embed their media feeds on external websites. Therefore there isn’t any official open API to do so and the unoffocial APIs are very error prone. Even if an API is working today, it will likely fail in the near future.

That’s why this plugin doesn’t embed external images. Instead it’ll sync your media library with Instagram by downloading them when available. If the API eventually breaks, the only side-effect is an out-of-date but still working instagram feed; as opposed to other plugins which will produce broken feeds while the authors work to update code to work with the breaking API changes.


  • Install and activate the plugin
  • In Settings > Media > Social Media Library, enter and save the account username you want to download from
  • Use the included shortcode to output your most recent images [social_feed posts_per_page="5"]
    • Attributes map directly to WP_Query arguments.
    • Use link="social" or link="attachment" to link the image.
    • Use username="instagramhandle" if you’ve synced more than one account and want to grab only those posts.
  • Currently, requests from your server may occasionally get blocked and so it’s best to use a proxy. Signup here and enter your API key.


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Contributors & Developers

“Social Media Downloader” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Run sync now via ajax.
  • Added option to search all posts.
  • Saved account name as categories in the media library.


  • Added option to run sync immediately.
  • Added url ink to the shortcode.


  • Moved social network meta from post content to attachment meta.
  • Added filter in Media Library to view by network.


  • First version.