Pixel Helper

The Facebook Pixel Helper is a tool that helps you validate your Facebook Pixel. Using the tool you can:

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Using the Facebook Pixel Helper

The Pixel Helper works in the background to automatically review the websites for code that looks like the Facebook Pixel. When a website has a Facebook Pixel installed the </> icon in your browser turns blue and a small badge will appear indicating the number of pixels found on the page.

If the icon does not turn blue then there are no Facebook pixels installed on this page.

Click the </> icon and a small popup appears information for debugging your pixel and seeing the data tracked by the pixel.

Install Pixel Helper

To use the Facebook Pixel Helper first make sure you have the Chrome web browser installed on your computer. Next, using the Chrome browser install the Pixel Helper from the Chrome Store. Follow the instructions on the Chrome store to install the extension in your browser. Once the Pixel Helper is installed a small icon </> will appear next to your address bar.

Verifying Pixel Implementation

First, install the Facebook Pixel Helper Chrome Extension. After installation, navigate to your website in your Chrome browser, and click on the Pixel Helper icon.

The popup will tell what pixels were found on the page, and whether they have loaded successfully. If your pixel(s) loaded succesfully, it's time to start running ads with them.

Troubleshooting Pixel Errors

The Facebook Pixel Helper reports common errors. These states are indications that your webmaster needs to fix something in order to use the Facebook pixel product properly.

Pixel Did Not Load

This error means that the Pixel Helper found what looks to be Facebook pixel code on your site, but the actual HTTP call was never made.

This could typically due to an error in the code, but could also occur if the pixel fires on a dynamic event (e.g. on a button click).

In that case, the error will disappear upon clicking on the button.

Encoded Characters

This error means that the Pixel Helper found what looks to be double-encoded characters.

This could typically due to a tag or CMS system encoding already encoded information. For example, encoding &amp; into &amp;amp;. Please confirm that characters are not being encoded twice, for example, try changing &amp; to &.

Not a Standard Event

This warning means that the Pixel Helper found an event that is not one of the Standard Events.

For example, the event is named Purchased instead of Purchase. Please use one of the standard events.

Pixel Activated Multiple Times

This error means that a pixel with the same ID and event name was sent multiple times to Facebook.

This is typically an error. The same event should only occur once upon page loading.

If it is sent with different custom data parameters, those parameters should be aggregated into a single pixel event.

Invalid Pixel ID

This error means that the sent ID for the pixel did not match a known pixel ID in our system. Sign into your Ads Manager and go the Events Manager to find your pixel's ID.

Can not find Product Catalog

The Product Catalog ID which was passed in the field product_catalog_id in the pixel fire could not be found on our system.

You can find your Product Catalog ID in Business Manager under Settings > Product Catalogs.

Alternatively to associate a Product Catalog to a pixel follow the steps below.

Troubleshooting Suggestions

The Facebook Pixel Helper also reports suggestions. These states are indications that the pixel is working but something could be changed to improve performance.

You Have Opted Out of Tracking

This warning highlights that you have opted out of tracking from Facebook and the pixel fires detected were not logged on our servers.

This prevents any server side validation for the Custom Audience Pixel potentially leaving pixel problems undiagnosed.

You can learn more about our offsite tracking in your Facebook setting including how to turn tracking back on.

Facebook respects mobile device settings regarding advert tracking so you may need to update your devices settings to opt back in. If one or more device has opted out each device will have to opt back in before tracking is enabled.

Pixel is not paired with a product catalog

This warning suggests that the pixel is not paired with any product catalog. It is required to specify relationship between pixels and product catalogs.

There are two ways to pair a catalog with a pixel:

Business Manager

Follow these steps to pair a catalog with a pixel using the Business Manager:

  1. Go to business.facebook.com
  2. Settings page
  3. Choose "Product Catalogs" on the left pane
  4. Press "Associate Pixels" button
  5. Associate pixels with your product catalog.

Product Catalog Preferences API

You can use the Product Catalog Preferences API pair a catalog with a pixel.

Access Business ManagerProduct Catalog Preferences API

Pixel Took Too Long to Load

This warning suggests that it took a long amount of time before the pixel was activated. This may be due to where the pixel is located on the page.

If a web page visitor closes the page, clicks on a link, or navigates away before the pixel event activates, the action will not be tracked. A significant percentage of actions and conversions can be lost due to this.

It is recommended to place the pixel code early in the web page, preferably just before the closing </head> tag in the HTML.

Pixel is not the only conversion

It is not a best practice to load multiple conversion events on a single page. This will result in inefficient optimization and tracking of these conversion events.

Instead, using a single conversion pixel across all ads tracking or optimizing for this event.

In the case that a secondary conversion event occurs based on person's interaction with the web page (e.g. upon a button click), then this warning can be ignored.

Pixel Advanced Matching

This warning suggests that the value sent for the advanced matching parameter is invalid or not formatted correctly. Examples are when you're sending static values from example code such as {{email}} for the em field, where the {{email}} should have been replaced by the real email address. Please verify that the values are formatted and replaced correctly before passing it to the Facebook Pixel.

Uninstall the Facebook Pixel Helper

To uninstall the Facebook Pixel Helper type chrome://extensions/ into the address bar of your Chrome web browser and click the trash icon next to the Facebook Pixel Helper extension.