RestFB is a simple and flexible Facebook Graph API client written in Java.
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What it is

RestFB is a pure Java Facebook Graph API client with no external dependencies.

It was created by Mark Allen and is maintained by Norbert Bartels along with a worldwide team of contributors.


RestFB uses other open-source software - see the LICENSE.*.txt files. RestFB itself is open source software released under the terms of the MIT License.


RestFB is a single JAR - just drop it into your app and you're ready to go. Download it from Maven Central:

Maven Central

Building it Yourself

Just type

ant dist

...and you're done.

Usage examples

The following paragraphs show only a subset of the possibilities you have, if you use RestFB. To get a complete overview you should check the examples in the documentation. The code samples there are commented and have a lot of additional information that are very useful.


DefaultFacebookClient is the FacebookClient implementation that ships with RestFB. You can customize it by passing in custom JsonMapper and WebRequestor implementations, or simply write your own FacebookClient instead for maximum control.

FacebookClient facebookClient = new DefaultFacebookClient(MY_ACCESS_TOKEN, Version.LATEST);

// Get added security by using your app secret:
FacebookClient facebookClient = 
       new DefaultFacebookClient(MY_ACCESS_TOKEN, MY_APP_SECRET, Version.VERSION_2_8);

Fetching Single Objects

see RestFB documentation

For all API calls, you need to tell RestFB how to turn the JSON returned by Facebook into Java objects. In this case, the data we get back should be mapped to the User and Page types, respectively. You can write your own types too!

User user = facebookClient.fetchObject("me", User.class);
Page page = facebookClient.fetchObject("cocacola", Page.class);

out.println("User name: " + user.getName());
out.println("Page likes: " + page.getLikes());

Fetching Connections

see RestFB documentation

Connection is the name of an object list. You'll get a connection if you try to fetch your feed for example. As you can see in this example, you can simple iterate over the elements or access the contained data directly.

Connection<Post> myFeed = facebookClient.fetchConnection("me/feed", Post.class);

out.println("First item in my feed: " + myFeed.getData().get(0));

// Connections support paging and are iterable
for (List<Post> myFeedConnectionPage : myFeed)
  for (Post post : myFeedConnectionPage)
    out.println("Post: " + post);

Passing Parameters

see RestFB documentation

You can pass along any parameters you'd like to the Facebook endpoint.

Date oneWeekAgo = new Date(currentTimeMillis() - 1000L * 60L * 60L * 24L * 7L);

Connection<Post> filteredFeed = facebookClient.fetchConnection("me/feed", Post.class,
  Parameter.with("limit", 3), Parameter.with("until", "yesterday"),
    Parameter.with("since", oneWeekAgo));

out.println("Filtered feed count: " + filteredFeed.getData().size());

Selecting Specific Fields

see RestFB documentation

With Graph API 2.4 you only get a subset of the possible fields prefilled. But you may define which fields you really need.

User user = facebookClient.fetchObject("me", User.class,
  Parameter.with("fields", "id,name,last_name"));

out.println("User name: " + user.getName());

Getting Any Kind of Data as a JSON Object

see RestFB documentation

Sometimes you can't know field names at compile time so the @Facebook annotation can't be used. Or maybe you'd like full control over the data that gets returned. Either way, RestFB has you covered. Just map any API call to JsonObject.

// Here's how to fetch a single object

JsonObject btaylor = facebookClient.fetchObject("btaylor", JsonObject.class);

// Here's how to fetch a connection

JsonObject photosConnection = facebookClient.fetchObject("me/photos", JsonObject.class);
String firstPhotoUrl = photosConnection.getJsonArray("data").getJsonObject(0).getString("source");

Publishing a Message

see RestFB documentation

// Publishing a simple message.
// FacebookType represents any Facebook Graph Object that has an ID property.

FacebookType publishMessageResponse =
  facebookClient.publish("me/feed", FacebookType.class,
    Parameter.with("message", "RestFB test"));

out.println("Published message ID: " + publishMessageResponse.getId());

Publishing a Photo

see RestFB documentation

// Publishing an image to a photo album is easy!
// Just specify the image you'd like to upload and RestFB will handle it from there.

FacebookType publishPhotoResponse = facebookClient.publish("me/photos", FacebookType.class,
  BinaryAttachment.with("cat.png", getClass().getResourceAsStream("/cat.png")),
  Parameter.with("message", "Test cat"));

out.println("Published photo ID: " + publishPhotoResponse.getId());

// Publishing a video works the same way.

facebookClient.publish("me/videos", FacebookType.class,
  BinaryAttachment.with("", getClass().getResourceAsStream("/")),
  Parameter.with("message", "Test cat"));


see RestFB documentation

Boolean deleted = facebookClient.deleteObject("some object ID");
out.println("Deleted object? " + deleted);

Map Your Own Types

see RestFB documentation

public class MyClass {
  String name;

  BigDecimal value;

  // If a Facebook field doesn't match your field's name, specify it explicitly

  List<Integer> lotsOfNumbers;

  // You can annotate methods with @JsonMappingCompleted to perform
  // post-mapping operations.
  // This is useful if you want to massage the data FB returns.

  void allDone(JsonMapper jsonMapper) {   
    if(lotsOfNumbers.size() == 0)
      throw new IllegalStateException("I was expecting more numbers!");