Facebook – FBML rendering in IFrame application

Before proceeding the main topic, at first I want to describe how to develop  IFrame based facebook application. I assume that, the reader have minimum knowledge of how to develop Canvas based facebook application. If you never develop any facebook application please visit: http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Creating_your_first_application

Steps of Developing IFrame based facebook application:

  1. When you setup a new application in facebook, choose  “Use iframe” for Canvas Page URL.
  2. Now set the authentication code, at your bootstrap file:

include "facebook.php";
$facebook = new Facebook(‘api_key’, ‘secret_key’);
$user = $facebook->require_login();

//catch the exception that gets thrown if the cookie has an invalid session_key in it
try {
if (!$facebook->api_client->users_isAppAdded()) {
catch (Exception $ex) { //this will clear cookies for your application and redirect them to a login prompt
$facebook->set_user(null, null);
3. And don’t forget to place the necessary facebook PHP library. http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/PHP

Now I’m describing the main topic, that is how to render XFBML or FBML in your IFrame based application.

1. First Create a file called xd_receiver.htm
2. Place xd_receiver.htm in the root directory. Suppose your application base directory is: http://myapp.com/iframeapp . Then place xd_receiver.htm in iframeapp folder.  Now add the following html code to xd_receiver.htm .

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" >
<title>Cross-Domain Receiver Page</title>
<script src="http://static.ak.facebook.com/js/api_lib/v0.4/XdCommReceiver.debug.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Now in your view file, or may be layout file, place this code. Here I’m showing the layout files format for IFrame application.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml">

<script src=”http://static.ak.facebook.com/js/api_lib/v0.4/FeatureLoader.js.php&#8221; type=”text/javascript”></script>



<!– Here is the FBML code in IFrame application –>

<script type=”text/fbml”>

<fb:request-form action=”<url for post invite action, see wiki page for fb:request-form for   details>” method=”POST” invite=”true” type=”XFBML” content=”This is a test invitation from XFBML test app <fb:req-choice url=’see wiki page for fb:req-choice for details’ label=’Ignore the Connect test app!’ />  ” >  <fb:multi-friend-selector showborder=”false” actiontext=”Invite your friends to use Connect.”>  </fb:request-form>

<!– Here is the XFBML code –>

This is <fb:name uid=”<?=$this->userId?>” useyou=’false’> </fb:name>
My photo <fb:profile-pic uid=”<?=$this->userId?>” > </fb:profice-pic>

<!– Remember all XFBML tags should be placed before below javascript code –>

<script type=”text/javascript”>
FB_RequireFeatures([“XFBML”], function(){
FB.Facebook.init(“Place here the API Key of your application
“, “xd_receiver.htm”);



** Remember XFBML is nothing but a subset of FBML that are supported for IFrame application.

** And look the green + bold color code in the above file. This is how we could render FBML code in IFrame application.

<fb:serverfbml> : This tag is used to renders the FBML on a Facebook server inside an iframe. Details of this tag is here: http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Fb:serverfbml


  1. http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/XFBML
  2. http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Cross-domain_communication_channel
  3. http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/PHP
  4. http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Creating_your_first_application

97 Responses to “Facebook – FBML rendering in IFrame application”

  1. vijay Says:

    tried the same but never worked dude..

  2. mahmudahsan Says:

    @Vijay, you could send me your code. email me: mahmudahsan@yahoo.com

  3. Ryan Says:

    For some reason, my app doesn’t like the userId?>.

    It just displays the following in the browser:
    This is userId ?>” useyou=’false’> My photo userId

    Is there any way in XFBML to obtain the userid of the person that is logged in so that I can use it here:

    All the examples I’ve seen have the uid hardcoded….

    • mahmud ahsan Says:

      hey brother, replace that variable of userid as your wish. no problem. and the example here i provided is tested. so i think there are something wrong in your process. try again.

  4. damian Says:

    mahmudahsan do you have any experiencie with fb:tabs using ? Because they are rendering well in my app but i cant make the link sworks fine. For example if i use the apps.facebook/myappname/whatever.php it just render a new facebook page inside iframe. And if i use mydomain/appname/whatever.php it justs open my page instead of doing it inside the iframe. Thanks and great blog

  5. mahmudahsan Says:

    @damian, not all the fbml tags you could successfully render in your iframe application. fb:tabs is one of them.

  6. damian Says:

    It render fine. The problem is that attribute target=”_top” dont seems to work with it . Thanks anyway

  7. shikha Says:

    i have follow the all the steps to render the xfbml for my iframe based application.
    but it seems like not rendring.
    For example :
    i m adding this tag on my aspx page:

    Grant permission for email

    tag for prompting email popup.but it is just showing simple text “Grant permission for email ” and not prompting any popup.
    its not becoming hyperlink.

    —when i chk the session using Fb.apiclient.get_seesion.it is coming null..but the user is login .

    any suggestion?

  8. shikha Says:

    i got the solution…now i can get the session for javascript api
    thanks for reply…

  9. shikha Says:

    i m using xfbml tags …but they are not rendring on my page,
    like i m using multifriend selector etc.

    i m checking on localhost..i come to know that xfbml tags can not be render on localhost?

    any suggestions?

  10. ranacse05 Says:

    Thanks , its so nice and helpful .

  11. faiverson Says:

    I create one application that conteins this
    A nav bar in FBML (<fb:tab-item)
    A flash graphic (swf)
    The problem is that if I click on any option inside the nav bar it doesn’t work properly it reloads all the page in the iFrame.
    How can I fix this problem?

  12. Shayan Says:

    I have followed your tips but i was not be able to render even a simple tag in my iFrame app..my code looks like this:


    This is

    My photo

    FB_RequireFeatures([“XFBML”], function(){
    FB.Facebook.init(“xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”, “xd_receiver.htm”);

    i have also created ‘xd_receiver.htm’ and placed it in root as well as in the folder where my iFrame_FBML page resides..but no success..it only displays:

    This is
    My Photo

    and the rest is blank..
    please help me in this regard..

  13. Shayan Says:

    i have placed my code after fb:serverfbml closing tab..(i hav an empty fb:serverfbml block)
    and after that, i have places your javascript script as u described (before body ends.)..

    FB_RequireFeatures([“XFBML”], function(){
    FB.Facebook.init(“xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”, “xd_receiver.htm”);

  14. Alexandre Says:

    I have tried the code above without success, too….
    I get a blank page that only displays :

    This is
    My Photo

    Here my code:



    <fb:request-form action=”” method=”POST” invite=”true” type=”XFBML” content=”This is a test invitation from XFBML test app ” >

    Hello is
    my photo

    fb_requirefeatures([“XFBML”], function(){
    fb.facebook.init(“my_app_key”, “xd_receiver.htm”);

    My xd_receiver.htm is in under my application directory where index.php is.

    I would appreciate any kind of help, Thanks in advance.

  15. Abhishek Says:

    Its not working for me either.
    Please help!!!

  16. Abhishek Says:

    I read somewhere else, its FB.init and not FB.facebook.init

  17. Binoy Says:

    Nice article..

    I am new to facebook apps. I have created one application which will ask the user to take the pledge. And on form submission, I need to set some message on that user’s wall (Message like, user_name has completed the pledge etc etc). By going trough the docs I understood that, if I use stream.publish method, I can do my functionality. Since it requires some permission, I need to show one prompt asking for permission. But I want to show the prompt as soon as th user submit the form instead of clicking on the link and showing. How can I do it ?

  18. YouON Says:

    I have a problem with Facebook Fan Widget on site interni-esterni.com it not pass the W3C validation… anyone can resolve?

    i’m not a programmer 😦

  19. thomas Says:

    Unfortunately I am able to put all kinds of stuff on the page, including a share button but when I click it, it just loads an empty box. Other xFBML commands aren’t working even with the closing tag. I’m in need of a form on the page and using FBML is totally giving me trouble with the action, so I would like to use the iframe. Anyone else having problems actually connecting to the facebook. With these issues I also wont be able to publish on the wall, etc, etc…

  20. redgrey Says:

    Thanks, this Example works fine
    nevertheless i decided to stick to FBML app because of the additional scrollbar and other issues showing up when using iframe mode

  21. Lucas Says:

    could you send me the code please?

  22. rius Says:

    could you send me the code please?

    to: anak@hasian.org


  23. Phil Says:

    brilliant! worked for me first time…I’m actually working on integrating streamPublish into my iframe application…I’ve not managed it yet but your code seems like a good start…thanks! 🙂

  24. Paresh asvenkar Says:


    Can anybody help me??
    I am developing facebook application, in which i want the username of user who has added the application to his page.

    for example: if A has added the application to his page/profile, and i am viewing A’s page/profile, i must get A’s name in the application.

    Is it possible, Please help.


  25. Griztown Says:

    I’m trying to use xFBML in an iframe as well but having no luck with it. I’m currently trying to get the test app, Footprints, to work. Here’s a look at my code. Let me know what I’m missing.

    $user = $facebook->require_login();

    // phpinfo();

    if (isset($_POST[‘to’])) {
    $prints_id = (int)$_POST[‘to’];
    $prints = do_step($user, $prints_id);
    } else {
    if (isset($_GET[‘to’])) {
    $prints_id = (int)$_GET[‘to’];
    } else {
    $prints_id = $user;
    $prints = get_prints($prints_id);

    echo “\n”;

    FB.init(“API key here – and yes, it really is there”, “stickershock/xd_receiver.htm”);

    Hi <fb:name firstnameonly="true" uid="” useyou=”false”>!
    <a href="get_add_url() ?>”>Put Footprints in your profile, if you haven’t already!

    if ($prints_id != $user) {
    echo 'Do you want to step on ?’;
    echo ”;
    } else {
    echo ‘Step on a friend:’;
    echo ”;

    These are <fb:name uid="” possessive=”true”> Footprints:

    FB_RequireFeatures([‘XFBML’], function(){
    FB.Facebook.init(‘API Key here’, ‘xd_receiver.htm’);

  26. Marcel Schmidt Says:


    i got a web project developed with Visual Studio 2010. I included all tags u told to, but the FBML-Tags won’t be displayed. Any solutions?

  27. kareen zok Says:

    hey all any one have an idea how to pass the user id to my flash game i musing the iframe tag of facebook ..plz i need it as soon as possible

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  29. ofir Says:

    after 10 hours of searching and trying every tutorial and code example, finally it woks thanks to your detailed example… thank you very much!

  30. Humayun Kabir Says:

    Dear Mahmud Vai, I need your help to create a fb application. It’s my first fb app. I’m facing problem creating a fb dialog window inside a iframe. Here is my code

    FB_RequireFeatures([“XFBML”], function(){
    FB.Facebook.init(“a1************************e”, “xd_receiver.htm”);
    new Dialog().showMessage(‘Hi There’, ‘ Hi, i\’m a default pop-up, but shh you can play with me!’ );

    The above code doesn’t work. It should open a pop-up dialog. It is not doing so. Please help.

  31. bilal Says:

    dear i want to use i frame code in facebook , i have only url of site i want to use the data of tha site on my page ….

  32. shankar Says:

    I am working on an iframe application. Also, I am trying to put the generate the facebook INVITE page inside a Jquery layer. But, when loading it, it is now showing up. Please help me in this issue.

    My code is given below:

    <fb:request-form method="POST" type="Game" invite="true" action="xxxxxxx" content="

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  36. Bruno Bros Says:


    I found a solution very usefull.
    Just add the application to the fan page: http://www.facebook.com/iframe.apps

    Feel free to tell it to your readers,
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  37. Bruno Bros Says:


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  42. sureshkv484 Says:

    Hey Guys….
    Please anyone help me on FB like button issue…..I am trying to use XFBML in my application but some reason I am not able to use and also I am not sure where I need to keep..this code exactly…(


    <fb:like href="” send=”false” width=”250″ show_faces=”false” font=”” layout=button_count>
    ) and I would like to know whether this is correct way of coding I am not able to call xd_receiver.html.I was so confused about api key of app…

    Please guys any one help me on this …since it is very urgent to add FB like button on my application…….

    Thanks In Advance……………………………..

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