Facebook chat support

Patrick Cloke patrick at cloke.us
Tue Jan 26 21:44:56 UTC 2016

On 1/8/16 8:42 PM, Dave Koelmeyer wrote:
> Hi All,
> Quick question, I assume Facebook chat is no longer supported via
> Thunderbird? I see Facebook closed the XMPP API around April 2015, so I
> guess this is the case. If so we should update the relevant docs (happy
> to do this).
> Cheers,
> Dave


Thanks for being on top of this (and sorry for taking so long to
respond). Facebook no longer supports the way we used to connect to it.
As Magnus said, it's being handled in bug 1236133 [1]. We also posted on
the Instantbird blog about this [2]. I've copied the content of this
post below:

> Recently we've received many questionsfrom users whose Facebook Chat
> accounts will no longer connect in Instantbird.
> Facebook officially deprecated its XMPP gateway on April 30th,
> 2015[3], butitcontinued tofunction until recently.Unfortunately it
> appears this is no longer the case.
> After investigating the issue, we have been unableto find a workaround
> to keep it working. However, since Facebook deprecated the gateway,
> it's surprising it even worked for this long!
> Meanwhile, libpurplehas a new protocol plugin that uses Facebook's
> proprietary chat API, which we are considering offering as part of a
> future release of Instantbird.
> Stay tuned!

We're trying to figure out a way to disable this for 45 and hopefully
re-enable it in the future.


[1] https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1236133
[2] http://blog.instantbird.org/2016/01/facebook-chat-issues/
[3] https://developers.facebook.com/docs/chat

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