Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Get Facebook on Pidgin

Facebook made some changes in his API, so any account trying to access from Pidgin Instant Messenger was unsuccessful, until now, thanks to James Geboski and his new plugin for (L)Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuse. To install put these five command lines in your terminal:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/jgeboski/xUbuntu_$(lsb_release -rs)/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jgeboski.list" c

cd /tmp && wget  http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/jgeboski/xUbuntu_$(lsb_release -rs)/Release.key

sudo apt-key add - < Release.key

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install purple-facebook

Now open Pidgin, create a new Facebook account (important, not a Facebook XMPP one). This plugin will keep up to date, as the developer will upgrade it. Maybe further versions of Lubuntu or Pidgin will ship this by default. Enjoy!


  1. Hello, my only option is Facebook(XMPP) how can I fix this??

    1. You must close and open again Pidgin after install this plugin. Then you will see two options: Facebook and Facebook (XMPP)

  2. Or simply open after all the installation process :)

  3. c: 1: c: cannot create /etc/apt/sources.list.d: Is a directory
    c: 3: c: /jgeboski.list: not found