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Facebook Custom URL Scheme

Wouldn’t it be great if you could open the Facebook iPhone app from your app or webpage?  Turns out you can.  I did a little hacking and discovered a portion of the Facebook custom URL scheme.  iPhone developers can open different parts of the Facebook iPhone app by via the following code:

NSURL *theURL = [NSURL URLWithString:@"fb://<insert function here>"];

[[UIApplication sharedApplication] openURL:theURL];

Web developers can send iPhone users to the Facebook app as well with the URLs.  As far as I know this hasn’t been documented anywhere.  Here’s what I’ve found:

  • fb://profile – Open Facebook app to the user’s profile
  • fb://friends – Open Facebook app to the friends list
  • fb://notifications – Open Facebook app to the notifications list (NOTE:  there appears to be a bug with this URL.  The Notifications page opens.  However, it’s not possible to navigate to anywhere else in the Facebook app)
  • fb://feed – Open Facebook app to the News Feed
  • fb://events – Open Facebook app to the Events page
  • fb://requests – Open Facebook app to the Requests list
  • fb://notes- Open Facebook app to the Notes page
  • fb://albums – - Open Facebook app to Photo Albums list

As you can see there is a least one bug.  Perhaps Joe Hewitt hasn’t released information on the URL scheme because it’s not ready yet, so use at your own risk.  For now, the above functions work and that’s probably just scratching the surface.  There’s loads of potential for more functionality.  I would love a custom URL scheme that would allow the user to become a fan of my app on Facebook by opening the Facebook app with one click rather than asking them to login via Facebook Connect.  We’ll see what the future holds.  Want to see a Facebook app URL action?  If you’re browsing on your iPhone OS device, click here.

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AppViz v1.7 released today

It’s always good to use a tool that’s being actively developed.  AppViz, a great native Mac OSX profit/download tracker, released v1.7 today.  The update includes:

  • Snow Leopard support
  • Multiple account support
  • Ranking download and Applyzer integration
  • Financial region support

There’s a whole lot more.  Check out the release notes for more info.

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Urban Airship Opens Sign-Ups, Adds New Features

Urban Airship announced today that their Push Notification service now open to any and all developers.  Urban Airship Push Notification support is free for all notifications sent during development and for up to 5000 notifications a month after publication.

Urban Airship also announced two new features:  tags and scheduled notifications.  Tags will allow developers to easily group users and send those groups notifications with fewer and smaller API calls.  Scheduled notifications allow developers to append a time and date for their notification requests to be sent.

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Welcome to iPhoneDevTools.com

Welcome to iPhoneDevTools.com!  This is the place to find all the tools to make your iPhone Development easier; from game engines to ad clients to analytics.  If you know of any tools we don’t have listed, let us know.

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