Facebook Chat in iChat

February 10, 2010



Facebook announced today that Facebook Chat now supports Jabber/XMPP, which means that it's possible to integrate pretty much any app or services that talks Jabber/XMPP with Facebook Chat. I use iChat myself for AIM and Google Talk instant messaging, and the requirement to use Facebook's web interface always turned me off to Facebook Chat. With that restriction lifted, I figured I'd toss Facebook Chat into the mix.

The setup was painless, you just have to know what credentials to use:

  1. Add an account in iChat's Preferences window
  2. Select "Jabber" from the "Account Type" dropdown
  3. Enter [email protected] as the "Account Name" where facebookusername is your Facebook username (i.e. the one that you set up in June 2009)
  4. Enter your Facebook password
  5. Expand the "Server Options" arrow, and enter the following info:
    Server: chat.facebook.com
    Port: 5222 (Uncheck the "Use SSL" box)
  6. Hit done and you should connect without any issues
  7. Optionally, you can go back into the iChat "Account Settings" and change the account description in iChat to be something useful like "Facebook"

That's it. iChat should connect, and you should see all your friends. Here are some screenshots of my iChat account info and the end result.

Enjoy, and let me know if it worked for you!