Ramme, a cross-platform desktop Instagram client

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 29, 2016
Updated • Aug 29, 2016

Ramme is a third-party cross-platform Instagram client for the desktop that lets you manage your Instagram account and explore images posted to the service.

The program is available for Windows, Linux and Mac computer systems. If you download the Windows version, you simply extract the archive once the download completes and run Ramme.exe to get started.

You need to sign in using Facebook or your Instagram account before you may use any feature the Instagram client offers.

Once done, the feed is loaded automatically. The program displays options on the left for you to explore.

Search is probably one of the most interesting options that Ramme supports. Click on the search icon to get started, and then on the search field that opens.

You may use the form to search for people or tags. The program lists suggestions as you type, and you need to pick one of those to explore the stream.

If you picked a tag, top posts and most recent posts are displayed on the next page. You may click on any image thumbnail to display it in full, and even watch videos right away in the client.

Videos are listed with a camera symbol in the upper right corner so that you know what is what before you click.

Ramme displays twenty or so thumbnail images per page. If there are more, you may click on the load more button to load them so that you end up with stream of images on a single page.

Instagram is all about social interaction, following, liking and leaving comments, and you may do so too using the program.

This works pretty much as you would expect it to work. Click on the follow button to send a follow request, on the heart symbol to like the post, and on add comment to post a comment of your own.

You may check the people that you follow and that follow you with a click on the people icon in the interface. From there it is possible to stop the following, or explore a user's Instagram feed to check it out.

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There is also the heart icon which displays new social interactions (followed you), and lists when Facebook friends start to use Instagram.

The one thing that Ramme does not support is uploading photos to Instagram. That's apparently against Instagram policies and will likely never be added to the program. Photo upload is still listed as under consideration on the GitHub project page.

Also, stories support is considered. The next versions of Ramme will introduce pull to refresh and notifications support.

Closing Words

Ramme is a well designed desktop client for Instagram that you can run on Windows, Linux and Mac devices. It lets you interact with others on Instagram, and explore feeds and photos posted to the service.

One bug that I encountered was that going back one too often using the back button made me land on Facebook (which I used to sign in), with no option to go back to Instagram.

One more thing, the Electron process would not stop after closing Ramme. If you experience the same, kill it using the Task Manager.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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