Pixelfed Announces Long-Awaited Instagram Import Tool

Pixelfed, the federated photo-sharing service most often compared to Instagram, hit a major milestone on Monday, June 12th, when the project revealed the ability for users to import all of their pictures from their Instagram profiles. Users will need to request their data from Instagram to perform the switchover – but thankfully, the process is really simple.

The resulting .zip archive contains about 27 different folders, but all the import is going to care about today is your content and media folders to recreate your posts. Pixelfed can’t really do anything with comments or messages, because there’s not really anything it can tie those comments to.

Below is a quick slideshow reflecting the process!

To prevent the timeline from getting spammed by everybody importing entire archives, Pixelfed marks imported posts as “Hidden From Timelines” by default. Don’t worry, though – people can still see them on your profile page, and any Instagram post you import can still be federated, if someone has the URL to it.

As an added touch, imported posts retain their original created_at timestamps.

This is an awesome development for the project, and will totally help people who have felt stuck on Instagram because all of their pictures were there.

Sean Tilley

Sean Tilley has been a part of the federated social web for over 15+ years, starting with his experiences with Identi.ca back in 2008. Sean was involved with the Diaspora project as a Community Manager from 2011 to 2013, and helped the project move to a self-governed model. Since then, Sean has continued to study, discuss, and document the evolution of the space and the new platforms that have risen within it.

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