Facebook Chat Through Jabber (XMPP)

Now you can login to Facebook chat from your own IM client through XMPP/Jabber. This was announced on their blog on the 11th of February 2010 http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=297991732130

So now you do not need special plug-ins to connect to Facebook chat in IM clients like Pidgin and Adium. Just use the following settings.

These are the settings I used with pidgin successfully;

  • Add a new XMPP account with your Facebook user name and password.
  • The domain should be chat.facebook.com
  • From the advanced tab uncheck Require SSL/TLS

You are now ready to use Facebook chat with Pidgin, similarly you can use any other IM client that supports XMPP/Jabber. This is not only for your PC or Mac, even on your mobile if you have a XMPP/Jabber supported IM client you are ready to go.

Note: These settings will work as a proxy to Facebook chat. Some of the contact management and advanced features of Facebook chat may not work except for the basic IM feature.

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