Comments on: Facebook Chat In Bitlbee Linux. GNU. Freedom. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:04:15 +0000 hourly 1 By: Eric Sat, 26 Jan 2013 08:54:45 +0000 This isn't working for me and I'm not sure why. I probably did something wrong but the script just isn't doing anything. All people are still numbers.

I'm still quite new to doing any kind of stripting with linux but followed what you said to do and still am not getting much of anywhere.

Any help is appreciated if this is still active.

By: algo Thu, 21 Jul 2011 14:37:17 +0000 Using Tom's changes at post 22:

16:37 "use" not allowed in expression at (eval 234) line 10, at end of line
16:37 syntax error at (eval 234) line 10, near "use strict"
16:37 BEGIN not safe after errors--compilation aborted at (eval 234) line 11.

Got this error, can anyone give me a hand here? 🙂

By: quintopia Fri, 05 Nov 2010 17:34:38 +0000 Annoyed at the way the rename script indiscriminately tossed away all special characters from my friend's names, I added the following lines to my copy (which should basically cover every reasonable person's name and more):

$ircname =~ s/Æ/Ae/g;
$ircname =~ s/æ/ae/g;
$ircname =~ s/Ð/Dh/g;
$ircname =~ s/ð/dh/g;
$ircname =~ s/þ/th/g;
$ircname =~ s/Þ/Th/g;
$ircname =~ s/ß/ss/g;
$ircname =~ tr/[á,à,ä,å,ã,â,Á,À,Ä,Å,Ã,Â,ç,Ç,é,è,ë,ê,É,È,Ë,Ê,í,ì,ï,î,Í,Ì,Ï,Î,ñ,Ñ,ó,ò,ö,ô,õ,ø,Ó,Ò,Ö,Ô,Õ,Ø,ú,ù,ü,û,Ú,Ù,Ü,Û,ý,Ý,ÿ]/[a,a,a,a,a,a,A,A,A,A,A,A,c,C,e,e,e,e,E,E,E,E,i,i,i,i,I,I,I,I,m,M,o,o,o,o,o,o,O,O,O,O,O,O,u,u,u,u,U,U,U,U,y,Y,y]/;

Should be fairly obvious where it goes...right before the line that smashes all the characters it's trying to preserve 😀

By: Wilmer Mon, 14 Jun 2010 08:10:20 +0000 Since this post is one of the first results in a Google query for "bitlbee facebook", I should probably mention that the rename script is not required anymore for recent BitlBee versions. You can just use the nick_source setting instead. Something like this should work:

account set facebook/nick_source full_name

(And "set lcnicks off" if you want them CamelCased.)

If you've already used the rename script you *may* have to re-add your Facebook account before this will take effect.

Also I'm trying to make the canonical source of information on BitlBee + Facebook. Trying to centralize BitlBee docs a little bit better.

By: Aaron Wed, 19 May 2010 14:02:49 +0000 @stringz- No, you're not the only one. This is because those people are signing in multiple times to their Facebook account, or they are in a chat room with you, using their Facebook account. That's bitlbee for you. 🙂

By: stringz Wed, 19 May 2010 13:41:59 +0000 Is it just me or is anyone else getting multiple instances of each user? I get -12345, -12345_, -12345__, and so on. They all get renamed, (every time, and like Ash said, "small price to pay"). My PROBLEM is, when someone initiates a chat with me, it shows up in seperate windows for each -12345_. So I'm basically chatting to the same person on 4 or 5 windows.

Is it just me?

By: Aaron Mon, 17 May 2010 02:15:09 +0000 So, I've been faced with this now, as well. Thank you Facebook! However, the latest bitlbee, 1.2.7, has support for renaming Facebook nicknames directly. Worth giving a shot.

By: Ash Sun, 16 May 2010 23:46:11 +0000 Now I just have to put up with all my contacts being re-saved every time they come online (very small price to pay, though!). If anyone reading this also uses bitlbee for MSN, like I do, you might have noticed problems authenticating passports. This has been rectified in the latest version. If you're running a Debian-based Linux distribution, the debs are available here:

By: Ash Sun, 16 May 2010 23:24:03 +0000 Nice one Tom, that worked a treat. I tried to give it a go myself, but my programming knowledge doesn't extend much further than bash scripting. But now that you've shown the changes, of course it makes perfect sense. Cheers!

By: tom Sat, 15 May 2010 14:55:57 +0000 Easy enough to fix. In the script, just change

if($channel =~ m/($bitlbeeChannel)/ and $nick =~ m/$username/ and $nick =~ m/^u\d+/ and $host =~ m/($facebookhostname)/ )


if($channel =~ m/($bitlbeeChannel)/ and $nick =~ m/$username/ and $nick =~ m/^\-\d+/ and $host =~ m/($facebookhostname)/ )

(note the uXXXXXXXX@ changed to -XXXXXXXX@, so we replace u with \-)


$server->command("whois $nick");


$server->command("whois \"$nick\"");

To escape the new '-'s. Hopefully they won't change things around again.

By: Utopiah Thu, 13 May 2010 13:26:31 +0000 Same problem for me too, "5:19 -!- -123456789 [] has quit [Leaving...]"

I didn't change anything and it happened overnight so I reloaded the script, just in case, nothing changed, still can't rename.

By: Ash Thu, 13 May 2010 02:40:43 +0000 Well I guess I'm kind of glad to know that I'm not the only one with this issue. I've tried quite a few things to figure out what might be causing the problem, but to no avail. Which is making me think, as James suggested, that it might be at Facebook's end. But that still doesn't explain why yours is fine, Aaron. If it is at Facebook's end, then I guess we'll just keep having to put up with it until it fixes itself. Hopefully the quotation marks fix helped you James!

By: Aaron Wed, 12 May 2010 18:26:50 +0000 There must be an issue then. It's still working just great for me. No issues that I've seen yet. Makes me a bit worried though.

By: james Wed, 12 May 2010 17:02:06 +0000 Yeah, Ash, this started happening to me too. I think that Facebook changed the way their Jabber implementation works, because it started for me on exactly the same day. I'm disabling FB in bitlbee until either one gets an upgrade.

By: Ash Wed, 12 May 2010 05:56:16 +0000 Hmmm... yes, I may have to investigate my setup a little further. It's weird that it just started happening out of the blue, though, without me making any changes. If anyone else reading this is experiencing the same problem with the hyphen in irssi, I have come up with a way around sending people messages. If you enclose the hyphen + number in quotation marks, it will accept the username and send the message without any problem. Hopefully I can get this sorted as having to run a /who and change windows every time someone logs on is getting rather frustrating... 😉

By: Aaron Wed, 12 May 2010 04:09:15 +0000 @Ash- I don't have that problem. All of my friends that are currently logged in, do not a hyphen prefixed to their JID. Further, the script is continuing to rename nicks for me just fine. Also, I just initiated a chat with a friend, and everything worked as expected. So, I'm guessing you have something seriously broken with your setup.

By: Ash Wed, 12 May 2010 00:13:39 +0000 I noticed as of this morning that all of the Facebook user identification numbers are now prefixed with a hyphen, so the script is no longer working, and none of the saved names are recognised. And even more annoyingly, you can't use irssi to initiate a conversation with someone because of this hyphen - you just get a "Not enough parameters given" error, as presumably it's expecting some kind of option flag. Has anyone else spotted this, or is it just my setup...? Hopefully it's just a temporary thing with Facebook and things return to normal soon.

By: Aaron Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:44:39 +0000 Yeah, right now it's spotty, at best.Some clients authenticate, some don't. Sometimes, the same client will authenticate, then it won't. It's entirely in Facebook's hands. Additionally, when you get connected, you'll learn that you can't set your away status with an external client. So, even though you told Bitlbee you're away, you'll still appear ready to chat to your friends logging into the web interface.

Long story short, Facebook needs to seriously work on it.

By: Austin Seraphin Thu, 22 Apr 2010 23:35:30 +0000 I can't seem to get authenticated. I use the latest bitlbee version 1.2.51. My girlfriend also tried. She could connect, but couldn't get her buddy list to work. She went into the bitlbee support channel, and they said that Facebook needs to correct some things on their end, and that it has to do wit the ip address last used to log into Facebook.
I also tried it with emacs-jabber, and had the same problem.

By: singleuser Sat, 17 Apr 2010 04:31:36 +0000 I've been using bitlbee for years too. 🙂

By: Ash Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:19:49 +0000 @Aaron - I typed your instructions as above, both when I first tried it based on Facebook's instructions, and then based on yours, but still no dice. And I was using the correct username and password. It turns out (I think) that the version of bitlbee that I was using was too old to support Facebook chat, for whatever reason. I'm running irssi/bitlbee on an ASUS router running OpenWRT (long story - work proxy issues), however I've just set up an old laptop with the latest Ubuntu distro, and tried irssi/bitlbee on that, with your instructions, and it's worked a treat. So I'm tipping that it is just a bitlbee version issue (although I'm not really sure how). Still... I can now access Facebook chat through the proxy at work (Facebook is blocked) once I do some fancy port forwarding. Got there in the end!

By: Aaron Thu, 25 Feb 2010 13:29:15 +0000 @piousminion- That's a bit naive, trusting any and all scripts at Anyone and everyone can write an Irssi script, and submit it to The script might go through a light review process, but they're certainly not scrutinized for security.

Further, the script I linked to isn't long, and isn't complicated. You can easily read the script and see that it's doing exactly as advertised. There is nothing shady going on.

By: piousminion Thu, 25 Feb 2010 04:26:58 +0000 Very nice.
Although, I have to admit I didn't want to trust the script at first because it wasn't at

Thanks. 🙂

By: Utopiah Tue, 23 Feb 2010 19:18:26 +0000 Indeed Aaron, I just understood that today when a contact had her NameSurename on Gtalk which is the same format Facebook is using. I came back here to say so but it seems you figured that out already.

Maybe the script could be changed to rename by appending [Facebook] if the renaming fails.

Cheers and thanks for your quick reply 🙂

By: Aaron Fri, 19 Feb 2010 21:49:07 +0000 @Utopia- Are you connected to another service? If so, do you already have your friends saved in that service's roster? Or are you connected to a Jabber MUC where these names are currently in use? If so, that is why. You can see everyone in your roster with 'blist all' for any troubleshooting, should it be needed.

By: Utopiah Fri, 19 Feb 2010 18:48:30 +0000 Example :

19:41 -!- u12345678 [] has joined &bitlbee
19:41 rename u12345678 FriendName
19:41 save
19:41 Nick `FriendName' already exists
19:41 Configuration saved
19:41 -!- u12345678 [] has quit [Leaving...]
19:42 -!- u12345678 [] has joined &bitlbee
19:42 -!- ServerMode/&bitlbee [+v u12345678] by
19:42 rename u12345678 FriendName
19:42 save
19:42 Nick `FriendName' already exists
19:42 Configuration saved

By: Utopiah Fri, 19 Feb 2010 16:57:15 +0000 Some renaming seems to fail the saving process, some friends seems to randomly loose their name and thus info/save have to be done repetitively :/

Any idea? Suggestions?

PS : for people having trouble connecting, if you just created your username, do disconnect AND reconnect from your account. The IP test is not correct as I did succeed in connecting from a remote bitlbee server that did not connect through FB first.

By: Ramen Fri, 19 Feb 2010 05:38:04 +0000 I've been experiencing the same problem as Ash... good to know it's not just me, at least. I've added the account as I would any other jabber account:

account add jabber apassword

I'm using my correct facebook username, and I'm using the correct password as well. I've even made sure that I've logged into facebook from the same IP as the bitlbee server, per a random slashdot comment. No dice.

I'm coming from a private bitlbee server, which might make a difference? The error message isn't helpful, and I'm not sure where to look for any logs or more useful information.

By: Aaron Wed, 17 Feb 2010 23:39:23 +0000 @Ash What did you type when setting up your account? And, are you sure you're using the right username, as found at that link, and your password that you use to login to the site?

By: Ash Wed, 17 Feb 2010 22:58:29 +0000 Not at all related to your irssi script (which I'm looking forward to trying), but I'm having no end of trouble trying to just connect to Facebook chat over XMPP with bitlbee. Without fail, following the above account creation instructions, I get this every time:

09:53 JABBER(username@chat.f - Logging in: Connecting
09:53 JABBER(username@chat.f - Logging in: Connected
09:53 JABBER(username@chat.f - Logging in: Requesting Authentication Method
09:53 JABBER(username@chat.f - Logged out: Connection lost
09:53 JABBER(username@chat.f - Signing off..

I've replaced my real username with "username" in the output above, obviously. Don't suppose any readers have any ideas what it might be...?

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By: Daniel Wiberg Sat, 13 Feb 2010 17:52:52 +0000 It renames people as they they come online, so an 'account off' and 'account on' triggered the rename of users already online. Great script, thanks!