Facebook Webhooks

Monitor a Facebook feed. Works reasonably well, but not exactly real-time (there's a 6 seconds delay between the action and the callback).

Create an app: https://developers.facebook.com/apps/

In order to create a webhook you need a valid HTTPS URL that will serve as callback.

openssl req -x509 -sha512 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:4096 -keyout /etc/ssl/private/certificat.key -out /etc/ssl/private/certificat.crt

virtualenv -p python3 certbot
cd certbot
. bin/activate
pip install certbot
cerbot certonly
cp /etc/letsencrypt/live/yourdomain.ext/privkey.pem privkey.pem
cp /etc/letsencrypt/live/yourdomain.ext/fullchain.pem fullchain.pem
chown youruser:youruser privkey.pem
chown youruser:youruser fullchain.pem

Verify Callback URL

  • In App Manager left sidebar, choose "Add product" then "Webhook".
  • In the webhook page, choose "Page" in the first dropdown menu (should be selected by default) then "Subscribe to this topic".
  • Add your callback URL and a token of your choice
  • Start your HTTPS server. Your server must respond on GET request with the hug.challenge. (You should also check that the verify_token that you've chosen matches).

Example callback here : https://github.com/LgHS/facebook-webhooks/blob/master/app/Http/Controllers/FacebookController.php

Subscribe a page to your app

Once your webhook is set, the page you want to monitor needs to be subscribed to your app to receive the in-real-time notifications as stated here:

You can use Graph API Explorer to subscribe your app to the page : https://developers.facebook.com/tools/explorer/?method=POST&path=%7Bpage-id%7D%2Fsubscribed_apps&version=v2.9

  1. Choose the App you'll use for the webhooks
  2. Choose the Page Access Token for the page you want to monitor. You may need to authorize the Graph Api to manage pages to do that.
  3. Add the page ID of the page you want to monitor.
  4. You should see {success: true} as a response. Check that your app is there by trying the sending the same request with GET method.

In case you're using SourceTree to connect to a remote git directory. Here's how to do it:


It's much simpler to monitor Twitter feeds in real-time.

Example: https://github.com/ideoforms/python-twitter-examples/blob/master/twitter-stream-responder.py


  1. pip install twitter
  2. Create an app on Twitter: https://apps.twitter.com/app/new

You'll need the following info in your config.py:

consumer_key = "XxXxXxxXXXxxxxXXXxXX"
consumer_secret = "xXXXXXXXXxxxxXxXXxxXxxXXxXxXxxxxXxXXxxxXXx"
access_key = "XXXXXXXX-xxXXxXXxxXxxxXxXXxXxXxXxxxXxxxxXxXXxXxxXX"
access_secret = "XxXXXXXXXXxxxXXXxXXxXxXxxXXXXXxXxxXXXXx"