Facebook Messenger can be reused in Pidgin. The popular social network closed its XMPP support earlier this year, which is why Pidgin could no longer use the messaging client to communicate with your friends. But for those who miss this feature, there is a new one connector in the market that will allow you to use it again. We are talking about purple-facebook.
this connector has been in development for about two months and there is still work to be done, but it is now fully functional and everything is going as expected.
According to what he says on his wiki, the connector of Facebook Messenger has already been implemented for the development version of libpurple, Which has yet to be released. In fact, the project purple-facebook it’s a step backwards from what it should be purple3 to what it is today purple2, The version of libpurple which uses Pidgin and other messaging clients.
The main reasons we can give for using this connector instead of the standalone version of Facebook Messenger they are summarized in have all messaging protocols in one place and also the good desktop integration that Pidgin offers. This includes desktop notifications, taskbar alerts, a launcher for Unity, the unread message account, and more.
at the moment the connector does not support adding or removing friendsBut these are two functions that are being worked on. There are some advanced features like link preview or stickers for which there is still no support.
How to install purple-facebook on Pidgin
per install purple-facebook and re-integrate Pidgin with Facebook Messenger opens a terminal and enters the following commands:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/jgeboski/xUbuntu_$(lsb_release -rs)/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jgeboski.list" cd /tmp && wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/jgeboski/xUbuntu_$(lsb_release -rs)/Release.key sudo apt-key add - < Release.key sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install purple-facebook
Once you’ve installed it, just log in to Pidgin and add your account. As simple as that. Do not hesitate to come and tell us your experience if you dare to try the method.