Anurag Kumar
Created October 17, 2020 © MIT

Live Insta Following/Follower Counter

Now visualize Insta Following/Follower Counter using Arduino and Bolt and a live running python script.

IntermediateFull instructions provided4 hours1
Live Insta Following/Follower Counter

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Bolt WiFi Module
Bolt IoT Bolt WiFi Module
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USB-A to Mini-USB Cable
USB-A to Mini-USB Cable
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Arduino UNO
Arduino UNO
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USB-A to B Cable
USB-A to B Cable
×1
Sunfounder 16×2 Liquid Crystal Display
×1
Texas Instruments I2C Serial Interface Adapter Module
×1
Male/Male Jumper Wires
×3
Male/Female Jumper Wires
Male/Female Jumper Wires
×4

Software apps and online services

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE
Bolt Cloud
Bolt IoT Bolt Cloud
Snappy Ubuntu Core
Snappy Ubuntu Core

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Schematics

Arduino and LCD display

Arduino and Bolt Board

Code

Python Code

Python
import requests
import json
import time
from boltiot import Bolt

bolt_api_key = "XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"  # Replace the string with the API key 
device_id = "BOLTXXXXXX"    # Replace the string with your Bolt ID
insta_username = "anurag_3301" # Replace it with your Instagram Username 

mybolt = Bolt(bolt_api_key, device_id)      # Connecting to the cloud using the API key and Bolt ID
response = mybolt.serialBegin('9600')       # Establishing UART Communication with 9600 baud rate
print(response)     # Printing the response for troubleshooting 

# This function takes the Insta Username as argument and returns a dictionary with following and follower count
def get_insta_count(username):
    url = 'https://www.instagram.com/' + username + "/?__a=1"   # creating the url for request
    r = requests.get(url)       # request for data for the username 
    data = json.loads(r.text)   # loading the data as JSON
    # now return in form of a dictionary 
    return {"followers":data["graphql"]["user"]["edge_followed_by"]["count"] , "following": data["graphql"]["user"]["edge_follow"]["count"]}

while True:
    data = get_insta_count(insta_username) # calling the get_insta_count function for data
    followers = str(data["followers"])  # extrating the followers count
    following = str(data["following"])  # extrating the following count
    send = followers + "$" + following  # creating a string with followers and following count seperated by '$'
    response = mybolt.serialWrite(send) # Sending the data to arduino though UART line
    print(response)     # response for troubleshooting
    time.sleep(60)      # updating every minute 

Arduino code

Arduino
#include <Wire.h>
#include <LiquidCrystal_I2C.h>

LiquidCrystal_I2C lcd(0x3F, 16, 2);

void setup(){
    lcd.begin();
    lcd.backlight();
    lcd.print("");
    Serial.begin(9600);
    Serial.setTimeout(50);
}

void loop(){
    String inString = "";
    String val[2] = {"", ""};
    if (Serial.available() > 0){
        lcd.clear();
        inString = Serial.readString();
        int index = 0;
        for (int i = 0; i < inString.length(); i++){
            if (inString[i] == '$'){
                index = 1;
                continue;
            }
            val[index] += inString[i];
        }
        lcd.setCursor(0, 0);
        lcd.print("Followers " + val[0]);
        lcd.setCursor(0, 1);
        lcd.print("Following " + val[1]);
    }
}

Credits

Anurag Kumar

Anurag Kumar

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