Facebook Messenger Unofficially Lands In Linux


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Do you ever wish you could use Facebook Messenger as a desktop application in Linux?  Maybe something a little like Facebook Messenger for Windows?  Sure, there is more than one way to connect with your Facebook friends in Linux with programs like Pidgin, Empathy & Telepathy.  But none of them are the real deal.  Well, thanks to actual Facebook developer Jack O’Conner, now you can with FBMessenger.

Screenshot via WebUpd8

O’Conner set out to make a desktop client for Facebook messenger for Linux, and the fruits of his labor are readily available via Github for your general consumption.  There are multiple ways for you to get this going, and it can even be run directly from the source directory.  The fine folks over at WebUpD8 have made Debian packages available via their PPA.  Here’s how to do it.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fbmessenger

If you’re not using Ubuntu, don’t worry!  Like I said above, the source code is available here.  Here is the README from Github.

You can run the app directly from the source dir with just


To install, run

  sudo ./setup.py install

  - python3
  - PyQt4 for python3 (including phonon, separate package on Ubuntu)

Source | Github

Via | Webupd8

About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.