Opened 9 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#5473 closed plugin request (wontfix)

Facebook and IMAP mail plugin request

Reported by: Mugunth Owned by: lschiere
Milestone: Plugin Suggested Component: unclassified
Version: 2.4.1 Keywords: facebook, orkut, imap notification, social networking


It would be great if there is a facebook/orkut plugin and a IMAP mail reader plugin for Pidgin. I love that feature of digsby, but don't use it as I can't live without pidgin's extensive plugin set. Please provide these two features so that pidgin could integrate a mail notifier and a social networking into one like digsby. Thank you.

Change History (10)

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by deryni

  • Milestone set to Plugin Suggested

If by facebook/orkut support you mean supporting some IM mechanism they have, if they use XMPP (which hopefully they do) then it should just work. If they don't, and have created their own protocols (I hope not) then a protocol plugin for them could be written in the same way that one is being written for MySpace?.

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by Southpaw018

Facebook Chat will have no API access at all at launch, but the developers said in an interview a while back that they're considering "Jabber integration."

comment:3 Changed 9 years ago by deryni

This wouldn't be for API access this would simply be an open port on their servers, for standard server-to-server XMPP access at least.

comment:4 Changed 9 years ago by Mugunth

Orkut as of now(2.4.1) is not working... Google Talk shows orkut scrap notifications and Digsby shows Facebook notifications. For both facebook and orkut, we need just a notification service... Because Facebook notifications are shown by Digsby, i thought there would be some APIs exposed....

comment:5 Changed 9 years ago by deryni

If you can figure out what they are doing you are almost certainly able to duplicate it in pidgin, most likely from a plugin if it isn't a real login process and really just an API for notifications.

comment:6 Changed 9 years ago by alienal

There is also a new IM feature available on facebook now (and probably soon an API):

Quote from

"IM is a potentially major new way for Facebook to bring people back to its own site, and maybe it’s a way for people to connect through Facebook on other sites. “All of the ways we can extend out that information are important to us,” long-time executive and newly-named vice president of product management Mark Cohler says. “IM has been a pretty big project from a scalability and infrastructure point of view,” which explains why Facebook built its IM service from the ground up, and why right now it’s only available within Facebook.

The company is still considering how to integrate Facebook with other IM services and web sites. It’s looking at offering a chat API for third-party developers, possibly integrating with IM protocol Jabbr — and Jabbr clients — so maybe a desktop IM application like Adium could pull in information about your Facebook friends."

here is a link to the facebook API:

I know that are already some desktop applications who manage facebook messages, but I don't know if they use an API or just scraping the html content:

comment:7 Changed 8 years ago by d235j

Actually, the reverse-engineering has already been done. There even exists a Facebook Chat client written totally in Ruby: (note: the ruby version may not work if you don't have the needed gems, and you might have to add require 'RubyGems?' as the first line of the code, but that's not important here) Hopefully someone will pick this up and add the needed support to libpurple.

comment:8 Changed 8 years ago by BigBrownChunx

I'm working on Facebook chatting on Pidgin

comment:9 Changed 8 years ago by IbrahimA

Nice, I tested it out and it seems to work. Once receiving messages works this will be awesome, even though I don't use facebook chat much. It seems like everyone on my list logs on and off every few seconds though, which is slightly annoying in combination with guifications. But nice work nonetheless!

comment:10 Changed 8 years ago by MarkDoliner

  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

We've talked about including the Facebook plugin from with libpurple but have decided against it for the time being (see the discussion on the devel@… email list in the month of November).

And I have a feeling many of us are against having an IMAP mail plugin in Pidgin. The main reason is that we're an IM client, which doesn't have a lot to do with IMAP mail. A third-party could certainly write such a plugin, but it's not something we would want to include with Pidgin/Finch?/libpurple. And so it doesn't make sense to track this as a feature request here.

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