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This project is unmaintained

This project is officially marked as unmaintained, since my life is somewhere where I just do not have the time and energy to lead this project.

If there is someone out there willing to take the lead, please get in contact, but even if there is, I can't get in contact with the original author @carpedm20 and get the ability to add others as maintainers, see issue 390. So a fork might be preferable.

I have opened for further discussion in issue 613.

Thanks for serving you all these years.

- Mads Marquart / @madsmtm.

Original project description below

fbchat - Facebook Messenger for Python

Project version Supported python versions: 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and pypy License: BSD 3-Clause Documentation Travis CI Code style

A powerful and efficient library to interact with Facebook's Messenger, using just your email and password.

This is not an official API, Facebook has that over here for chat bots. This library differs by using a normal Facebook account instead.

fbchat currently support:

  • Sending many types of messages, with files, stickers, mentions, etc.
  • Fetching all messages, threads and images in threads.
  • Searching for messages and threads.
  • Creating groups, setting the group emoji, changing nicknames, creating polls, etc.
  • Listening for, an reacting to messages and other events in real-time.
  • Type hints, and it has a modern codebase (e.g. only Python 3.5 and upwards).
  • async/await (COMING).

Essentially, everything you need to make an amazing Facebook bot!

Version Warning

v2 is currently being developed at the master branch and it's highly unstable. If you want to view the old v1, go here.

Additionally, you can view the project's progress here.


fbchat works by imitating what the browser does, and thereby tricking Facebook into thinking it's accessing the website normally.

However, there's a catch! Using this library may not comply with Facebook's Terms Of Service!, so be responsible Facebook citizens! We are not responsible if your account gets banned!

Additionally, the APIs the library is calling is undocumented! In theory, this means that your code could break tomorrow, without the slightest warning! If this happens to you, please report it, so that we can fix it as soon as possible!

With that out of the way, you may go to Read The Docs to see the full documentation!


$ pip install fbchat

If you don't have pip, this guide can guide you through the process.

You can also install directly from source, provided you have pip>=19.0:

$ pip install git+

Example Usage

import getpass
import fbchat
session = fbchat.Session.login("<email/phone number>", getpass.getpass())
user = fbchat.User(session=session, id=session.user_id)
user.send_text("Test message!")

More examples are available here.


No one, see notice at the top.


This project was originally inspired by facebook-chat-api.