How To Use Facebook Chat with Pidgin

Facebook announced that Facebook Chat could now be integrated into third party IM clients earlier this week. No longer are you restricted to using the official Facebook site to interact with chat. Facebook Chat now utilizes the XMPP Chat protocol, which allows users to immediately reap the benefits of the release — without having to wait for developers to update their chat clients.

Any third party IM client (such as Pidgin, iChat, Adium, Digsby) can now utilize the Facebook Chat service.  Below, we detail the setup process for the popular Pidgin IM client, though the generic server details are enough to connect through any client supporting XMPP or Jabber (see step 3).

  • Protocol: XMPP
  • Username: [your current Facebook username] (see step 1)
  • Domain: chat.facebook.com

1. Currently, you’ll need a Facebook Username (ie, facebook.com/mikeknoop). If you haven’t already set one up, click here to do so.

2. Open up Pidgin, Click Accounts, then Manage Accounts. Now click Add.

3. Fill in the Basic tab with the following details:

  • Resource: [unused, you may leave blank]
  • Password: [your current Facebook password]

4. On the Advanced tab, make sure all SSL options are unchecked.

5. Click Add. You’re done!

Note: If your client does not support XMPP but supports Jabber, simply use [username]@chat.facebook.com as your Jabber ID.

You’ll notice that your buddy list is now automatically populated with your Facebook friends who are online.

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12 Responses to “How To Use Facebook Chat with Pidgin”

  1. neunetz.com » Lesenswerte Artikel - 13. February 2010 says:

    [...] How To Use Facebook Chat with Pidgin [...]

  2. BINISH says:

    i want friends but only girls

  3. erick says:

    thank you very much.. it helps me alot, now connected.

  4. rajat says:

    when i try to connect pidgin gives me an error “not authorized” ,
    i’ve double checked all the details i need to enter what seems to be the problem.

  5. Torstein Krause Johansen says:

    rajat: I got the same thing because I had set “Resource” to “Home”. Deleting “Home” (or whatever was in that field) remedied it.

  6. aniket says:

    its not working

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    [...] profila u programu). Domen za Facebook čet je chat.facebook.com. Detaljno uputsvo na englsekom je ovdje, a još detaljnije  uputstvo ovdje. Ukoliko vas ne zabrinjava privatnost na FB-u, želimo vam [...]

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  9. Jer says:

    Perfect! thanks a lot

  10. prdlin says:

    not authorized :o(

  11. Antonio says:

    I have the same problem, I configure , but when i try to connect pidgin gives me an error “not authorized”

  12. bas says:

    same here: not autherized

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