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I have been searching for a way to access Facebook from the command line for a while now. I don’t use Facebook all that much, I prefer Twitter, but I do have a lot of friends who use Facebook. So, I created an account, and fortunately got the Twitter application working for it before they broke (disabled) it for new users. So, to make a long story short, the only updating my Facebook account gets is usually done from my Twitter stream. Facebook, to me, just seems kind of clunky to use with a browser, that and there aren’t many accessible clients for it, so the only way to use it was with a browser. I recently got an Android phone and it adds another way to access Facebook but I really don’t use that method much either. Then, my friend Burt Henry found fbcmd. Fbcmd is a command line application written in PHP for Facebook. It is really easy to get installed. To do so, first install php by typing:
sudo apt-get install php5-CLI
Then get the fbcmd software by typing:
wget --no-check-certificate https://github.com/dtompkins/fbcmd/raw/master/fbcmd_update.php
If you are wondering about the certificate flag in the above command it is there because wget gives an error for github’s certificate. It is really the destination it claims to be. After the download completes, type the following two commands:
sudo php fbcmd_update.php
sudo php fbcmd_update.php install
Then, if you would like to verify that everything installed correctly, type:
You should get a short help message describing the procedure for granting authorization to fbcmd. if everything goes OK you can now remove the installation package using the command:
Now, to grant authorization to fbcmd type:
fbcmd go access
This will open your default browser, most likely Firefox if you are in Gnome, you will need to click allow. Next, type:
fbcmd go auth
When you click the allow button here you will be given a six6 character authorization code. I had trouble copying it to the clipboard with Orca, so you may have to memorize it long enough to type it in to terminal:
fbcmd auth XXXXXX
Where XXXXXX is your code.
Now, to see what your friends have been up to while you were busy installing this really cool program, type:
To set your status:
fbcmd status 'Thinks Thoughts of a Dragon is the greatest blog in the whole world, no, the whole universe!'
when you read through your stream you will notice each item is numbered. You can comment on the post by typing:
fbcmd comment 3 "If you need help with your diabolical world domination plans just let me know."
This will of course reply to the third post in your stream which was hopefully about diabolical world domination and not cute little bunnies, although cute world dominating bunnies might be kind of cool.
For a full list of commands and all kinds of great help visit the fbcmd wiki. You can also get help on a command by typing fbcmd help command as in:
fbcmd help status
I foresee all kinds of neat cron stuff for this application. If you think of any example feel free to share with everyone in the comments.