How to Connect Jabber to Facebook Chat

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If you want to chat with your friends on Facebook Chat through an Instant Messenger program, such as Pidgin, Adium or iChat, you can do so by taking advantage of the Jabber protocol. When you use Facebook Chat with this method, you no longer need to be signed in to your Facebook account in your Web browser to chat with your Facebook friends. The Instant Messenger program requires your Facebook account's login information and password, as well as the server and port number provided by Facebook.

Pidgin for Windows, Mac and Linux

  • Open Pidgin.

  • Click "Accounts" found in the program's menu and then click "Manage Accounts." Click the "Add" button in the "Accounts" window.

  • Click the "Protocol" drop-down menu and select "Facebook (XMPP)" or "XMPP." Enter your Facebook username in the "Username" field. Enter "chat.facebook.com" in the "Domain" field. Enter "Pidgin" in the "Resource" field. Enter your password in the "Password" field. Enter your name in the "Local Alias" field.

  • Click the "Advanced" tab. Enter "5222" in the "Connect Port" field. Enter "chat.facebook.com" in the "Connect Server" field. Click the check box for "Require SSL/TLS" to uncheck it.

  • Click the "Add" button to add the account.

  • Click the check box for the Facebook account in the "Accounts" window to sign on to Facebook Chat.

Adium for Mac

  • Open Adium.

  • Click "Adium" located in the menu bar at the top of the screen and then click "Preferences."

  • Click the "+" icon at the bottom of the "Accounts" tab. Then click "Jabber."

  • Enter your username and "@chat.facebook.com" in the "Jabber ID" field. For example, "username@chat.facebook.com." Enter your Facebook password in the "Password" field.

  • Click the "OK" button, and you will automatically be connected to Facebook Chat.

iChat for Mac

  • Open iChat.

  • Click "iChat" located in the menu bar at the top of the screen and then click "Preferences."

  • Click "Accounts."

  • Click the "plus (+)" icon at the bottom of the window. Select "Jabber" in the drop-down menu that appears.

  • Enter your Facebook username and "@chat.facebook.com" in the "Screen Name" field. For example, "username@chat.facebook.com." Enter your Facebook password in the "Password" field.

  • Click the "Server Options" arrow. Enter "chat.facebook.com" in the "Server" field. Enter "5222" in the "Port" field. Click the check box for "Use SSL" to uncheck it.

  • Click the "Add" button to add the account and connect to Facebook Chat.

Other Client for Windows, Mac or Linux

  • Open the Instant Messenger client.

  • Locate the account settings preferences in the program and add a new account.

  • Enter "XMPP" or "Jabber" in the "Protocol" field. Enter your Facebook username in the "Username" field. Enter "chat.facebook.com" in the "Domain" field. Enter your username and "@chat.facebook.com," such as "username@chat.facebook.com," in the "Jabber ID" field. Enter your Facebook password in the "Password" field.

  • Access the server settings for the chat account and enter "5222" in the "Port" field and "chat.facebook.com" in the "Server" field. Disable the use of SSL/TLS and do not allow plaintext authentication.

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