Register A Facebook App
To use Instagram Channel, you have to create a Facebook app in the developer portal. You can find more details about creating Facebook channels here
- In the select an app type, choose
Once you register your Facebook App, you will have to obtain the
App Id and
App Secret. These values will be available in the app settings and will be required while setting up Chatwoot environment variables.
Configuring the Environment Variables in Chatwoot
Configure the following Chatwoot environment variables with the values you have obtained during the Instagram app setup.
IG_VERIFY_TOKEN should be a unique secure string that should be provided when configuring the Instagram app.
Restart the chatwoot server after updating the environment variables
Configure the Facebook App
- In the app settings, add your
Chatwoot installation domainas your app domain.
- In the products section in your app settings page, Add
Instagram Graph Api
- Go to the Webhook settings and configure the callBack URL with
- provide the
IG_VERIFY_TOKENvalue from your environment variables for
- Make sure your Facebook page is connected to the Instagram account, for which the Instagram account holder is admin.
You can do that setting here:
Go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/?category=your_pages Select Your Page Go to Settings Select Instagram: Make sure you have a business account https://developers.facebook.com/docs/messenger-platform/instagram/get-started Connect your Instagram account. So whenever you receive any message on Instagram, it will redirect to your Facebook page.
- Head over to chatwoot and create a Messenger inbox. Choose a page for which your Facebook developer account and Instagram account have admin access.
Testing the Facebook channel
Until the application is approved for production, Facebook wouldn't send the new messages on your page to chatwoot. To test the changes until the app is approved for production. Follow the steps
- Create a Test app for your app. Follow all the above steps for the test app.
- Add extra product for the test app: Instagram Basic Display
- Head over to the Instagram Basic Display section on your test app settings page, in Facebook developers.
- Add Instagram Testers in the settings.
- Click on Edit subscriptions under Webhook > Instagram and subscribe to the following
- Send a message to the connected Instagram account from Instagram Testers, and it should appear in chatwoot now
Going into production.
Before you can start using your Facebook app in production, you will have to get it verified by Facebook. Refer to the docs on getting your app verified.
Obtain advanced access to the required permissions mentioned below for your Facebook app
If your facebook app's version is more than 7.0 then you will need extra permission according to facebook's updated policy. Make sure you get permission for.
Developing or Testing Facebook Integration in your machine
Install ngrok on your machine. This will be required since Facebook Messenger APIs will only communicate via https.
brew cask install ngrok
Configure ngrok to route to your Rails server port.
ngrok http 3000
Go to the Facebook developers page and navigate into your app settings. Add
In the Webhook > Instagram settings shown in the above image, configure the callback url with the following value.
Update verify token in your Chatwoot environment variables.
You will also have to add a Facebook page to your
Access Tokens section in your Messenger settings page.
Restart the Chatwoot local server. Then, your Chatwoot setup will be ready to receive Facebook messages.
Test your local Setup
- After finishing the setup above, create a Messenger inbox after logging in to your Chatwoot Installation.
- Send a message to your Facebook Page from your Instagram account.
- Wait and confirm incoming requests to
/webhooks/instagramendpoint in your ngrok screen.
- You can also verify your callback URL by clicking on Test for the subscribed Instagram fields.
Go to webhook Instagram and click on Test with
You can have only one app connected to the chatwoot for Instagram and Facebook combined as the Messenger platform is common. But suppose you want to have separate channels for Instagram and Facebook. In that case, you can have multiple Facebook pages inside your app that would be connected to Facebook users and Instagram users separately and then connected to the different inbox in the chatwoot page.