Onebox for Instagram Reels

I don’t know if this is a bug, because I can barely find mention of Reels, short of 102 and 103 here.

Regardless, here I go – we went through the steps in How to obtain an App Token to allow Instagram Oneboxes and succeeded.

But I was deficient in my testing, which @deb_mitchell figured out – it was actually just any https://www.instagram.com/p/ (photo) or https://www.instagram.com/tv/ (IGTV) URLs that worked.

While https://www.instagram.com/reel/ URLs (Reels) deliver a screenshot from the video and nothing more (no way to play it or get to it on Instagram).

For example:

University of Wyoming shared a post on Instagram: "An experience like no other 💫🤠 We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2026! #UwyoBound #TheWorldNeedsMoreCowboys #SigningDay #Uwyo #GoPokes #GoWyo". Follow their account to see 1412 posts.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc6Rir3lIvB/

Has anyone looked into this? Should it work, or are Reels a completely different beast?

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Can you try running

curl https://graph.facebook.com/v9.0/instagram_oembed?url=https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cc6Rir3lIvB&access_token=TOKEN

replacing TOKEN by your facebook app access token site setting and sharing the output here?

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Here is the response we get:

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Thank you for sharing it @Benoit_Hediard!

@Falco I took the link you added to my post, which was the same URL, but with “p” instead of “reel” and that worked. It also works if you swap “tv” in for “reel”.

Not really a solution for non-admins or for when we have more volume, so we still want to figure out how to automate it. But it’s a workaround for now and just generally worth noting.

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Great to hear that. It’s a trick I learned helping my family yt-dlp reels from Instagram.

Marking this as #pr-welcome for a PR that replaces /tv/ and /reel/ on Instagram URL for oneboxing automatically.

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It’s just /reel/ that needs to be replaced and – while it doesn’t seem to matter either way – both /tv/ and /p/ will work as a replacement.

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I’m experiencing this issue on my forum as well where oneboxing Instagram reels is used quite frequently, but I don’t understand what a PR is? Does that mean it’s in the pipeline for a fix?

It just git lingo (if you don’t know what git and site named GitHub means, well… google is your friend, but it is one way to do version control) and pr is shortening for pull request.

Basically it means that the core team has no time, resources or will to code that functionality, but they are accepting that fix from someone else who is willing to do it.

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