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Facebook Chat with Pidgin

Earlier this month Facebook announced that their chat feature now supports XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol). What I truly appreciate about Facebook’s support for XMPP is how they have integrated the Friends Lists to selectively decide which friends show up online.

To connect to Facebook Chat from Pidgin follow the instructions below:

1) Create your Facebook username by going to

2) Open Pidgin

3) Click Accounts

4) Click Manage Accounts and you should see the following appear:

5) Click Add

6) Set the following options under the Basic tab:

Protocol: XMPP

Username: Username you created in Step 1


Password: Enter your password

6) Set the following options under the Advanced tab

Require SSL/TLS: Unchecked

Connect port: 5222

Connect server:

7) Click Save