Facebook Chat Fix for Adium/Pidgin/iChat

The other day I launched Adium and noticed a significant decrease of friends. I noticed that although my Facebook friends were online at www.facebook.com, they were not showing up in my list. A quick check showed that yes, my Facebook account was connected in Adium, but nothing was showing up.

Well, here’s the fix for your Facebook Friends not showing up in Adium, Pidgin, or iChat.

You need to create a new Jabber account in your IM software. Then configure with the following:


  1. Go to the iChat menu and select “Preferences.”
  2. From the “Accounts” tab, click the “+” and select the following settings:
    • Account Type: Jabber
    • Account Name: your Facebook username@chat.facebook.com
    • Password: your Facebook password
  3. Click down to server options and select the following settings:
    • Server: chat.facebook.com
    • Port: 5222
    • Uncheck “Use SSL”


  1. Go to the Adium menu and select “Preferences.”
  2. From the “Accounts” tab, click the “+” and select “Jabber” from the drop-down menu. Fill in the following information:
    • Jabber ID: your Facebook username@chat.facebook.com
    • Password: your Facebook password


  1. Go to “Accounts” and select “Manage Account.”
  2. Create a new account with the following settings:

    Under Basic:
    Protocol: XMPP
    Username: your Facebook username
    Domain: “chat.facebook.com”
    Resource: “pidgin”
    Password: your facebook password
    Local alias: “Facebook Chat”

    Under Advanced:
    Uncheck Require SSL/TLS
    Connect port: 5222
    Connect server: chat.facebook.com

Now you’re all set, back to chatting.

5 responses to “Facebook Chat Fix for Adium/Pidgin/iChat

  1. Bill Collignon

    This didn’t work for me. Pidgin 2.7.3 has a Facebook setting, which seems to work briefly, then suddenly stops.

    • Kyle Bubp

      I’ll try to help you out via email. I’m using 2.6.2 and I found that, like you said, the Facebook setting doesn’t work. Let me upgrade and I will send you an email on how I fix it. If it works, I will update accordingly.

    • Kyle Bubp

      Alright Bill, I wrote a new post on how to do it in the latest versions on Pidgin. Check out the main page, it should be the newest blog.

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