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I am looking for desktop application for Facebook messenger. I know Pidgin can work with Facebook chat, but it cannot work with any messenger with a person who is offline. Is there a program which can do this?

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As of 2014, this application is discontinued.

I dont know if your still looking, but here's your answer. It's "un-officially official", from my understanding its not an official Facebook app, but it was developed by one of the facebook developers. I use it everyday and I love it.

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Here is the link to the site I used to download it.

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discontinued since march 2014 – Luceos Oct 21 '14 at 6:20
HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. – Morgan Christiansson Oct 31 '14 at 20:59

General way

So what about Empathyinstallit ?
Usually empathy is installed in Ubuntu when it comes. But if no go ahead install it from here. Or just click button

download button
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Note you can't write to offline person. But I think if you will have conversation already opened you can.

Alternative way

So here is alternative way: integrating facebook chat with firefox, read more here
And install plugin from here
facebook in firefox

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Like pidgin, its based on an IM paradigm. I'm looking for a 'Facebook Messenger' paradigm (like the app). In this, it is based around my conversations, not who is online at the moment. If I click on a person it doesn't show my recent history and I pretty sure that since Facebook messages aren't chat, it doesn't handle them. – superbriggs Mar 31 '13 at 18:54
uhm, @superbriggs what about integrating with firefox ? i.e. look at edit – geoh Mar 31 '13 at 19:20
I try to connect to FB with Pidgin and Empthy after every update. But they never seem to work for me. – thefourtheye Jul 7 '13 at 9:08
haha, well sad actually, report a bug ? – geoh Jul 7 '13 at 18:13

Yes there is !

Here is an "un-official official facebook messenger" app.

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You can download from here:

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According to fb messenger API being disabled march 2014

the fbmessenger app on windows and linux wil no longer work after that date

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There seems to be something interesting going on here:

Actually it's just an unofficial desktop wrapper over this site:

Still it's kinda nice to have that as a separate window.

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If you use Google Chrome or Chromium as a browser, there is an app in Chrome Store for facebook messenger.

Just download it and pin it to your dock.

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If you're still interested, I think I found a solution ... so you open the site on Chrome or Chromium, the same site which the above-mentioned app (which is somewhat unreliable) is just a wrapper for. Then you click on the top right options in Chromium, select more tools --> add site to desktop

Then if you search your launcher, there'll be a web app called 'Messenger' which loads up exactly what you're looking for. It's basically the original Chromium page but without any toolbars, very minimalist ...

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For me the best alternative for now is Franz:

It is a cross-platform program and supports many other messengers.

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