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Node-RED Contrib Facebook Messenger Writer

Writer Node for Facebook Messenger Node-RED Bluemix compatible node that writes to Facebook Messenger.


Run the following command in the root directory of your Node-RED install:

    npm install node-red-contrib-facebook-messenger-writer


This node only writes to your Facebook page. To do that it needs a recipient id (which is normally the sender id from a message received) and an Access Token (something that you set up when you follow the facebook messenger developers quick start guide. Facebook Messenger Developers Quick Start Guide)

The message to send should be set in msg.payload. If msg.payload is a string, the string will be sent as the message. If msg.payload is an object, the object will be sent unaltered.

The node needs an ID to send the return message. As the recipient for the response is normally the sender of the original message, msg.facebookevent can be set to the incoming message. The node will use the sender ID as the recipient ID for the return.


msg.facebookevent = {
    "sender": { "id": "111111111111" },
    "recipient": { "id": "222222222222" },
    "timestamp": 1478167276278,
    "message": {
        "mid": "mid.1478167276278:684dd80866",
        "seq": 6,
        "text": "Hello Mr Bot"

Although only the following is needed by the node.

msg.facebookevent = {
    "sender": { "id": "111111111111" }

The Node needs needs the Access Token, that facebook sets up for you to use. This is set in the Node's configuration.

Registering your GET with Facebook

There is no receiver node, as this can be readily accomplished using the standard HTTP Node-RED nodes. When following the Quick Start Guide, you can set a GET HTTP in node for the registration. The entry point you use is upto you. eg.


This GET should check that the correct Access Token (which you specify when following the quick star guide) and echo back the challenge as sent by facebook.


  var mode = '';
  var vtoken = '';
  var challenge = '';
  if (msg.payload['hub.mode']) {
      mode = msg.payload['hub.mode'];
  if (msg.payload['hub.verify_token']) {
      vtoken = msg.payload['hub.verify_token'];
  if (msg.payload['hub.challenge']) {
    challenge = msg.payload['hub.challenge'];
  if ('subscribe' == mode &&
    'ThisStringShouldBeUniqueToYouRepresentsYourVerifyToken' == vtoken) {
      msg.payload = challenge;

Receiving Messages (POST) from Facebook

Once registered you can create a POST HTTP in for incoming messages. The entry point should match your registration entry point eg.


It's upto you how you handle the incoming message, but this is a sample handling function that you can build your logic on.

if (msg.payload.object && 'page' == msg.payload.object) {
    msg.processAS = 'NOTHING';
    if (msg.payload.entry){
        var entry = msg.payload.entry;

        for (var i = 0; i < entry.length; i++) {
            var pageID = entry[i].id;
            var timeOfEvent = entry[i].time;
            var messaging = entry[i].messaging
            for (var j =0; j < messaging.length; j++) {
                if (messaging[j].optin) {
                    msg.processAS = 'AUTHENTICATION';     
                } else if (messaging[j].message) {
                  if(messaging[j].message.attachments) {
                      if(messaging[j].message.attachments[0].type == "location") {
                          msg.processAS = 'LOCATION';
                      } else {
                          msg.processAS = 'OTHER';
                  } else {
                      msg.processAS = 'MESSAGE';
                } else if (messaging[j].delivery) {
                    msg.processAS = 'DELIVERY';
                } else if (messaging[j].postback) {
                    msg.processAS = 'POSTBACK';
                msg.messagingEvent = messaging[j];
return [null,msg];


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Copyright and license

Copyright 2016 IBM Corp. under the Apache 2.0 license.

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