How to Install the Facebook Desktop Application on Ubuntu 13.04, 13.10

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Hello Linux Geeksters.

In this article I will show you how to install the Facebook Desktop Application on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail and Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander.

The desktop Application for Facebook I am talking about in this article displays the facebook profile and offers many features, like buttons, friend requests, messages, groups, games, notifications, interests and many others.

This app is written in Python and GTK.

How to install Facebook application on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail and Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander:

Before we start the installation of the facebook app, we have to install the needed dependencies: gir1.2-launchpad-integration-3.0, liblaunchpad-integration-3.0-1, liblaunchpad-integration-common.

Download the dependencies, for 32 bit systems:

$ wget -c mirror.pnl.gov/ubuntu//pool/universe/l/launchpad-integration/gir1.2-launchpad-integration-3.0_0.1.56.2_i386.deb
$ wget -c .pnl.gov/ubuntu//pool/universe/l/launchpad-integration/liblaunchpad-integration-3.0-1_0.1.56.2_i386.deb
$ wget -c mirror.pnl.gov/ubuntu//pool/universe/l/launchpad-integration/liblaunchpad-integration-common_0.1.56.2_all.deb

Download the dependencies, for 64 bit systems:

$ wget -c mirror.pnl.gov/ubuntu//pool/universe/l/launchpad-integration/gir1.2-launchpad-integration-3.0_0.1.56.2_amd64.deb
$ wget -c mirror.pnl.gov/ubuntu//pool/universe/l/launchpad-integration/liblaunchpad-integration-3.0-1_0.1.56.2_amd64.deb
$ wget -c mirror.pnl.gov/ubuntu//pool/universe/l/launchpad-integration/liblaunchpad-integration-common_0.1.56.2_all.deb

Install the dependencies:

$ sudo dpkg -i launchpad-integration*.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i liblaunchpad-integration*.deb

Now that we have finished installing the dependencies, let’s install Facebook App.

Add the Facebook App PPA:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:folke-schwinning/personal

Update the repo index:

$ sudo apt-get update

Install desktop-facebook:

$ sudo apt-get install desktop-facebook

This is it, enjoy.

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4 comments on “How to Install the Facebook Desktop Application on Ubuntu 13.04, 13.10
  1. Paul says:

    This is a very nice app because facebook in browser (Opera) was using 80% of CPU, but it’s a small problem with this app: you can’t open external links (like youtube shared videos). If you click on them, nothing happens. Can this problem be fixed?

    • Geekster says:

      i do not know, sorry paul.

    • Folke Schwinning says:

      Hi Paul,

      I am the developer of the app.
      First, thank you for your feedback.

      I am aware of the bug that you can’t open links. That is a problem with the browser engine I’m using, and I didn’t find a fix for this yet, sorry 🙁

      But I hope you enjoy the app as it is right now.

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