23 Comments to “How to Enable Facebook Chat for Pidgin in Ubuntu”

  1. Blake says:

    Just wanted to add this if your having problems setting this up. If you are using the “new” facebook, make when adding your facebook account (screen name is your email address) that you go to the “Advanced” tab and change “SERVER: http://www.facebook.com” to “SERVER: http://www.new.facebook.com“. I did this and now it works wonderfully.

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  2. Benny Lewis says:

    Thanks a lot for this!! :) I hate having to chat from within the facebook page – I like having my chats saved to file which it can’t do. And it was another window – thanks for the howto!

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  3. horned0wl says:

    Thanks for this! ‘been waiting for Pidgin to upgrade so it’d work.

    Cheers;
    Ed

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  4. Shubuntu says:

    thanks. ubuntu is rocking.

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  5. chika.tambun says:

    i’ve got error message “SSL error..”
    im behind the proxy server… any advance conf*

    nb: my yahoo work well with this conf

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  6. chika.tambun says:

    ummmmm it depends on the proxy…. if the proxy block the port for FB.. it doesn’t work(that was happening yesterday)

    now with other proxy, it works well…
    but all of my friends is sleeping TT

    br,

    chika.tambun

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  7. Stephanie says:

    I installed the packages for Facebook Chat and Skype and neither one of them appears in the “add accounts” menu. The files exist with a chmod of 755 in /usr/lib/purple-2 and I am using Hardy Heron and pidgin 2.4.1 (can’t seem to be able to install the newest version)

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  8. chika.tambun says:

    well… after expriment a while face-book-plugin don’t work perfectly…. there are some delay in receiving message…

    i prefer to use yoono plugin for firefox it work extraordinary for me

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  9. Jacob says:

    Strangely, the plugin works to send messages, but all responses are sent to facebook instead of pidgin, regardless of whether I’m logged in to Facebook.

    Any ideas?

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  10. Kevdog says:

    Tutorial seems very scant but does provide some details. I’ve added how to compile it from source since the svn builds do add a lot of functionality.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=975783

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  11. Graham says:

    Thankyou, my only glitch after setting this up over 5 PCs was: on the last pc I didn’t have any accounts setup on pidgin.
    So when pidgin was finally started there was no option for facebook.
    quick fix after trial and error :
    open pidgin
    I setup account to link with Aim(or any other IM) then shut down pidgin .

    Next I opened terminal….
    became root typed in sudo -i
    prompted for password …

    next I typed in
    wget http://pidgin-facebookchat.googlecode.com/files/pidgin-facebookchat-1.38.deb

    next I typed in
    sudo dpkg -i pidgin-facebookchat-1.38.deb

    next I closed terminal

    This time when I started pidgin on the pc in question the facebook option was available.

    this process worked for me on a fresh (new ) install Ubuntu 8.10

    Thanks UG

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  12. Mike says:

    Very helpful, thanks!

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  13. elfstone says:

    This package made it to the repositories, so you can do sudo apt-get install pidgin-facebookchat to install it.

    Would be nice to include this in the post..

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    admin Reply:

    @Thanks for your note and i have update the article now

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  14. chris says:

    @Stephanie I had to symlink /usr/local/lib/pidgin/libfacebook.so to the real installed location at /usr/lib/purple-2/libfacebook.so – then it showed up and worked.

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  15. gizmo33 says:

    I need help logging into face book instant messager

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  16. John The Bad says:

    I have managed to install the plugin and have created an new account for Facebook, using the email address and password I have for my Facebook account. I left local alias blank, server is set to new.facebook.com and proxy type is set to “Use GNOME Proxy Settings.”

    Yet this doesn’t work for me. Any ideas what might be wrong?

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  17. Bryan says:

    Yeah, Yeah, yeah, fucken rocks

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  18. chris says:

    Note, you no longer need a plugin to chat with your Facebook friends through Pidgin, as Facebook now uses XMPP.

    http://www.facebook.com/sitetour/chat.php

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  19. apurva sharma says:

    worked like a charm…thanks !

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  20. jak0 says:

    good job!

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  21. mekik says:

    love it much…
    No plugin required. Installed pidgin (libpurple 2.7.11).
    Ensure to enable facebook username at facebook website.

    Great job… Thank you in advance.
    Cheers….

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  22. chaqiel says:

    like a charm.
    working great on XMPP protocol

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