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I read this article at Lifehacker, and tried it.

But there is a problem, it says that it requires encryption, but it isn't available on this server.

Has anyone here done this before? What should I do to make it work?

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Incidentally, does anyone know of any way to use XMPP without creating a username? I'd prefer to remain private behind a number. – Nathaniel Feb 12 '10 at 1:49
Looks like if you want to use XMPP, the answer is no.!/help/?faq=16747 – heavyd Feb 12 '10 at 23:07
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See the Facebook instructions

          * Go to "Accounts" and select "Manage Accounts."
          * On the Basic tab, enter the following info:
          * Protocol: XMPP
            Username: username
          * Domain:
          * Resource: Pidgin
          * Password: 
          * Local alias: Alias
          * Click the Advanced tab, then enter the following info:
          * Connect port: 5222
          * Connect server:
          * (Uncheck the box labeled "Require SSL/TLS")
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there is still an error: unable to find alternative xmpp connection methods after failing to connect directly – Ieyasu Sawada Feb 12 '10 at 3:19
username is vague here. facebook email address? – Damon Jul 24 '12 at 1:46
@Damon, username is your facebook username ( – heavyd Jul 24 '12 at 15:07
heh thanks i figured that out.. i have been logging in w the email address i signed up with for years and years so I had no concept of what my username was ;P – Damon Jul 24 '12 at 23:48
@heavyd : How I can do it from another XMPP server (without a facebook account)? – user2284570 Feb 8 '15 at 13:16

As of april 30th 2015, facebook shut down their XMPP server (so the above solutions no longer work). Fortunately, this works:

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I use the Facebook Chat plugin, which is pretty easy.

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I have been using the FB chat plugin since the early version, and it has been nice, but it still crashes Pidgin every once in a while and does strange things in chats. A native XMPP implementation is much welcomed! – heavyd Feb 12 '10 at 0:46
@Iain : Yes, but unlike XMPP you have to create a facebook account which mean writing you age; place of birth.. etc :( – user2284570 Feb 8 '15 at 13:13

I've been using Pidgin to chat on facebook for a while now. I've used it on both Linux and Windows and haven't ever experienced any issues with it. Facebook provides access to their chat server via XMPP. I wrote up about it on my blog. Also check out this other page on which has more further details.

Here's what my Account details look like:

screenshot of Pidgin Add Account Dialog #1 screenshot of Pidgin Add Account Dialog #2

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How I can do it from another XMPP server (without a facebook account)? – user2284570 Feb 8 '15 at 13:15

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