JavaScript SDK - Examples

Read our quickstart guide to learn how to load and initialize the Facebook SDK for JavaScript and our advanced setup guide to customize your implementation. Next try our examples for using the SDK:

Trigger a Share dialog

The Share Dialog allows someone using a page to post a link to their timeline, or create an Open Graph story. Dialogs displayed using the JavaScript SDK are automatically formatted for the context in which they are loaded - mobile web, or desktop web.

Here we'll show you how the FB.ui() method of the SDK can be used to invoke a really basic Share dialog. Add this snippet after the FB.init() call in the basic setup code:

  method: 'share',
  href: ''
}, function(response){});

Now when you reload your page, you'll see a Share dialog appear over the top of the page. Let's add a few extra parameters to the FB.ui call in order to make the Share dialog make a more complex call to publish an Open Graph action:

  method: 'share_open_graph',
  action_type: 'og.likes',
  action_properties: JSON.stringify({
}, function(response){
  // Debug response (optional)

Now when you reload your page, you'll see a Share dialog again, but this time with a preview of the Open Graph story. Once the dialog has been closed, either by posting the story or by cancelling, the response function will be triggered.

Read the FB.ui reference doc to see a full list of parameters that can be used, and the structure of the response object.

Read `FB.ui` Reference Documentation

Facebook Login

Facebook Login allows users to register or sign in to your app with their Facebook identity.

We have a full guide on how to use the JS SDK to implement Facebook Login. But for now, let's just use some basic sample code, so you can see how it works. Insert the following after your original FB.init call:

FB.getLoginStatus(function(response) {
  if (response.status === 'connected') {
    console.log('Logged in.');
  else {

Read the Login guide to learn exactly what is happening here, but when you reload your page you should be prompted with the Login dialog for you app, if you haven't already granted it permission.

Learn more about Facebook Login

Call the Graph API

To read or write data to the Graph API use method FB.api(). The version parameter in the FB.init call is used to determine which Graph API version is used.

Login Button & Requesting Permissions

First, get the publish_actions permission to make publishing API calls. Add a button or a link calling FB.login. This will trigger a login dialog that'll request the relevant permissions.

// Only works after `FB.init` is called
function myFacebookLogin() {
  FB.login(function(){}, {scope: 'publish_actions'});
<button onclick="myFacebookLogin()">Login with Facebook</button>

Graph API Call

Let's make an API call to publish a message. Add the code into the response function of the FB.login call you added above:

  // Note: The call will only work if you accept the permission request
  FB.api('/me/feed', 'post', {message: 'Hello, world!'});
}, {scope: 'publish_actions'});

Try the script. A status message will be posted to your timeline:

Learn more about the Graph APIGraph API: Getting Started