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Breaking Facebook's Chat Heads out of the iOS Sandbox


MessageBox is a jailbreak extension for iOS that allows users to use Facebook Messenger's Chat Heads system-wide in iOS. Currently this only works in conjunction with Paper and iOS 7.

The Verge approves! :P

For more technical info I did a blog post as well!

The original hack has been deprecated and will no longer be supported, however back-porting a lot of this to iOS 6 shouldn't be too difficult (for those of you still on iOS 6).

How do I MessageBox?

Open Paper, wait for everything to appear, press the Home button. Magic! :D

If you open the app and close it super quickly, you're going to have a bad time!

MessageBox Preview GIF


Totally free! If you'd like to support my continuation of this project (and others!), feel free to donate! It'd be much appreciated :D

How do I get?

It's on Cydia under the BigBoss repo!

How do I compile?

@DHowett was very sad when he realized I didn't use theos for my initial version of MessageBox, and seeing as how it's now the suggested route for Cydia Substrate so I've switched to that (though, I'm using @rpetrich's fork since it's nicer for working with universal builds).

Once you've got that setup, (nice writeup here) change the Makefile to your liking. After that simply run:

THEOS_DEVICE_IP=<your ip here> THEOS_DEVICE_PORT=<your SSH port here> make package install


Pretty much the BSD license, just don't repackage it and call it your own please!

Also if you do make some changes, feel free to make a pull request and help make things more awesome!

Contact Info?

If you have any support requests please feel free to email me at messagebox[at]adambell[dot]me.

Otherwise, feel free to follow me on twitter: @b3ll!

Special Thanks

me :P
Facebook, for being awesome.


Break Facebook's Chat Heads out of the iOS Sandbox!






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