I am looking for a instant messenger that runs on Windows platform. I will tell its specifications :

  1. Facebook chat list(list of online friends) should be available on it.
  2. It should support all facebook smiley.
  3. It should provide different status - online, offline, busy.

I already tried nimbuzz, trillian and instant bird. They all support specification 1, but won't support either 2 or 3.

So can anyone suggest an instant messenger that supports all these specifications ?

  • Have you tried Thunderbird? It has a chat messenger that accepts a Facebook account. However, I can't test it for criteria 2 and 3 since I don't have an account
    – Tymric
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 17:38
  • @Timmy - Thunderbird doesn't support his 2nd requirement. Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 6:59
  • You have to distinguish between clients using the XMPP protocol to connect to facebook chat and clients using the Facebook API directly. Since Facebook group chats are not accessible via the XMPP interface there are several differences between those two approaches.
    – mschenk74
    Commented Sep 18, 2014 at 11:37

2 Answers 2


Excuse me in advance, I can't comment because I don't have enough points.

MANI's answer mentionned Pidgin as a possible answer to your requirements.

  • It has Facebook integration so you can see online friends discuss with them
  • you can manage status as shown below :

    Statuses Pidgin

On the last point, the vanilla version of pidgin don't have facebook smileys. BUT, Pidgin allows third-party smiley themes, and you can find a theme made by mehdevil which will add all facebook smileys on Pidgin (picture here).

You just have to download a single file, and the setup of the theme is pretty straightforward :

To install, just go to "Tools" -> "Preferences" -> "Themes" then drag and drop the file into the "Smiley Theme" section.

Here is an example :

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On the dark side, Pigdin don't have a proper emoji integration. Hope that will not bother you.


Have you tried Digsby (my best recommendation) because it will support all your needs i.e. Facebook chat list, online status (available, busy, away, listening to, custom message etc), smilies too. May be it won't support Facebook stickers (not sure).
Next alternative is Pidgin. Its similar to Digsby in all the ways. The only difference is the latter is Open-Source while Digsby is Commercial-freeware software.

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    – Izzy
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 18:15
  • Please do. You know, you cannot hide from me LOL
    – Izzy
    Commented Sep 15, 2014 at 18:28
  • @MANI It can't meet my requirements. Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 2:28
  • Did it support FB smilies ? Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 6:09
  • Yeah.. I tried it. It doesn't support facebook smilies.. Commented Sep 16, 2014 at 7:25

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