Facebook Messenger CLI Chat Via Linux Terminal

Hi, fellow Linux user there! How is your social life going? This is how most of the time I think my friends ask me. They think that I am all the time messed with the terminal. Now how to explain to Windows users that Terminal does almost all my work from games to app installation. From email to personal messages. Leave them! Today I am here with an amazing terminal software call “FB Messenger CLI”.
This helps us to read, write and send our messages through terminal! Voila! Now you can even socialize when messing with root or destroying your PC (Laugh). No more time waste. Let us get to know how to to get it.

GitHub Page:- Here

Perquisites

​You are required to have NPM and Node.js preinstalled in order to get the Fb Messenger CLI working. If you are already having them, skip this part and proceed to next. If not, get it now. To get NPM and Node.js, just hit this command in terminal.

For version 6

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

For version 7

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_7.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
Now install build tools
sudo apt-get install -y build-essential
​If asked run Sudo command with root. I switched to root mode after hitting curl command. If the password is asked, type it. Nothing will be displayed and this is normal.

install facebook messenger cli for linux

​Your PC is now ready. Proceed to installation now.

Installation

​Go root first. This can be done by typing su and entering your password. Now Hit this command in terminal.

npm install -g fb-messenger-cli
​Now, wait, the installation will be done as per your internet speed.

launch facebook messenger cli in linux terminal

​After the installation is done. Now type this to launch it.
fb-messenger-cli
​You will be asked for Facebook email id and password. Input and hit enter. You will soon see your messaging section.

signin to facebook messenger cli

How to use Facebook messenger CLI?

​Using it is very easy. Just input the number in front of the message with whom you want to talk and hit enter. You will be taken to message or chat.

send messages with facebook messenger cli in terminal

​In case you need some help, type /help and hit enter. A help panel will be displayed.

facebook messenger help menu

​You are all setup! Go enjoy the social life.

Conclusion

​FB Messenger for CLI is much more or less works like Mutt that I mentioned in one of my articles. It’s lightweight, fast and works great on command. It is pretty sure going to be useful for me as I am most of the time busy in my terminal with something messy. You should try it and tell us how you like it. I am waiting for your comment.

Sohail
Sohail

Mohd Sohail is a web developer and a Linux sysAdmin. He also loves to write how-to articles, applications reviews and loves to use new Linux distributions.

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11 Comments

      • This is what happened whe i tried to install it…

        ~# npm install -g fb-messenger-cli
        /usr/bin/fb-messenger-cli -> /usr/lib/node_modules/fb-messenger-cli/cli.js

        > [email protected].0 install /usr/lib/node_modules/fb-messenger-cli/node_modules/puppeteer
        > node install.js

        ERROR: Failed to download Chromium r686378! Set “PUPPETEER_SKIP_CHROMIUM_DOWNLOAD” env variable to skip download.
        Error: EACCES: permission denied, mkdir ‘/usr/lib/node_modules/fb-messenger-cli/node_modules/puppeteer/.local-chromium’
        — ASYNC —
        at BrowserFetcher. (/usr/lib/node_modules/fb-messenger-cli/node_modules/puppeteer/lib/helper.js:111:15)
        at Object. (/usr/lib/node_modules/fb-messenger-cli/node_modules/puppeteer/install.js:64:16)
        at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:1063:30)
        at Object.Module._extensions..js (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:1103:10)
        at Module.load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:914:32)
        at Function.Module._load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:822:14)
        at Function.Module.runMain (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:1143:12)
        at internal/main/run_main_module.js:16:11 {
        errno: -13,
        code: ‘EACCES’,
        syscall: ‘mkdir’,
        path: ‘/usr/lib/node_modules/fb-messenger-cli/node_modules/puppeteer/.local-chromium’
        }
        npm ERR! code ELIFECYCLE
        npm ERR! errno 1
        npm ERR! [email protected].0 install: `node install.js`
        npm ERR! Exit status 1
        npm ERR!
        npm ERR! Failed at the [email protected].0 install script.
        npm ERR! This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above.

        npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
        npm ERR! /root/.npm/_logs/2019-11-08T23_54_35_197Z-debug.log

  1. Exactly, it doesn’t work with ubuntu 19.04
    It generates the following message. [email protected]:~/wspowerfin/tomcat$ sudo fb-messenger-cli
    Login verification failed: No saved profile, please login
    Facebook credentials:
    Email: wil*****@hotmail.com
    Password: *******************
    Attempting login…
    Fetching login cookie
    Browser resolved
    Waiting 20 seconds for login page
    Error while logging in Could not login in time
    Browser properly closed
    Login verification failed: Could not login in time
    Exiting. Please try again.

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