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How-To use Facebook Chat without a browser?

By Debjit on July 26th, 2009 


pidgin-fbFacebook`s Chat feature really makes Facebook an all-in-one social networking website. People have started using the Facebook Chat much as they use the Google Chat. The only only downside to Facebook`s chat is that you donont have a client for the chat feature. But, now you can have your favourite Facebook Chat right on a client and chat with your Facebook friends without even logging into the Facebook website. What you will need is a chat client called Pidgin and the facebook-pidgin-chat plugin. Follow these simple steps to setup Facebook chat on the Pidgin chat client. I have given separate steps for various distros to set the Facebook-Chat-on-Pidgin working:


Download the Pidgin Chat Client
Now Download the Facebook Windows Plugin for Windows and install it. Alternatively, download the .dll and copy it to C:\Program Files\Pidgin\plugins\ directory and restart Pidgin.


Install Pidgin Messenger

su -c 'yum -y install pidgin'

Install Facebook Chat plugin for Pidgin

wget && mkdir ~/.purple/plugins && cp ~/.purple/plugins/


Install Pidgin Messenger

sudo apt-get install pidgin

Install Facebook Chat plugin for Pidgin

sudo dpkg -i

You should check the plugin download repository and install instructions for setting up Facebook chat on Pidgin for other platforms.

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How-To use Facebook Chat without a browser? was originally published on on February 8, 2009 - 8:55 pm (Indian Standard Time)