How To Add Facebook Chat to Pidgin IM

We recently took a look at the new Facebook Messenger client. Rather than adding another program to your computer for chat, here’s how to add Facebook chat to the universal IM client Pidgin.

Facebook in Pidgin IM

First, make sure you have a username on Facebook. You can find this by logging into your Facebook account and go to Account Settings >> General Account Settings >> Username. If you haven’t created a Facebook username yet, type in one that’s available.

Facebook User Name

Pidgin is my favorite IM client. It lets you consolidate multiple IM services in one program. You can add Google Talk, MSN, AIM and more. Download and install Pidgin if you don’t have it already. Launch Pidgin and from your Buddy List, click Accounts >> Manage Accounts.
Pidgin Accounts

On the Accounts screen click the Add button.

Add Pidgin Account

On the Add Account screen, select Facebook (XMPP) from the Protocol dropdown menu.


Type in your Facebook username. The Domain will be added automatically. If it isn’t, type: Enter the password for your Facebook account, check Remember Password, and click Add.

Account Settings

Once you’re logged in, your friends show up on the Buddies list in Pidgin. Now you can chat with them from Pidgin without having to browse to the Facebook page.

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  1. Nathan

    June 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I know this has been up for a while but I have a question. I have done everything you said and i can recieve chats but no one can can recieve from me. They say that it shows me typing but they never get a message. What can I do to solve this.


  2. chileno

    July 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

    gracias compañero justo lei tu post me sirvio vastante saludos de chile gracias

    • Brian Burgess

      July 11, 2012 at 3:29 am

      De nada

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