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June 27, 2009

How to use Facebook chat in Ubuntu (Pidgin)

Filed under: user tipstricks — Antonio Portuesi @ 10:23 am
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If you want to enable Facebook Chat for Pidgin in Ubuntu you need to install Facebook Chat for Pidgin plugin that now is included in the official repositories.

This is a Facebook chat plugin for Pidgin, it simply connects to the new Facebook Chat IM service without the need for an API key as many other services require.

Currently the plugin can log into the Facebook servers, get the buddy list, send and receive messages, add and remove friends, receive notifications and search for Facebook friends.
Moreover you can set your Facebook status too.

Now open a console session and type:

sudo apt-get install pidgin-facebookchat

insert your root password and Ubuntu will make everything itself without asking you anything else.

Let’s get into it and enjoy your facebook world!



  1. Thanks for your post on the Facebook chat with Pidgin. Install was perfect. It is always good to learn something new.

    Comment by George — June 29, 2009 @ 2:38 am | Reply

  2. this plugin make more love with linux :))

    Comment by suryodesign — October 8, 2009 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks a lot. Via Terminal i had success!

    Comment by spinne — December 7, 2009 @ 11:00 pm | Reply

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