Contao extension to integrate a public Facebook album just like a regular Contao gallery.

1.5.1 2019-05-23 13:59 UTC

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Contao Facebook Gallery

Simple extension to allow the integration of a Facebook album via a gallery content element.


Facebook app

In order to be able to use the content element, you need to create a Facebook app first. Then you can define the Facebook app ID and App Secret in the system settings of Contao, or in the page root settings.

Album ID

Within the content element, you can simply provide the URL to the Facebook album, or its Facebook ID. If you provide the URL to the album, the album ID will be automatically extracted from the URL, if possible.

Access token

Important: due to changes in Facebook's API in 2018 you can no longer access public albums of pages without a valid access token. Otherwise you would have to submit the Page Public Content Access app permission for review.

Thus since version 1.5.0 you have the ability to set a Facebook access token for each album. You can use this tutorial for example on how to create a Facebook Page access token that never expires. The basic steps are:

  1. Create a user access token for your Facebook app within Facebook's Graph Explorer. Important: you must require the manage_pages and the publish_pages permission. Otherwise you will be unable to generate an access token that never expires.
  2. Debug and extend the access token in Facebook's Access Token Debugger.
  3. Use the new access token in the Graph Explorer to make a query on /me/accounts.
  4. Copy the access token for the page from which you want to pull the album from and insert it into the content element.

Note: the Facebook user with which you create this access token must be administrator or developer of the Facebook app and he must be able to manage the album's Facebook page.

Image size

You can also define an image width and/or height (the image size mode will be ignored) - however, this will not be exact. Facebook (usually) provides differently sized images for each image of the album - the content element will try to find the smallest image that is at least as large as the given width and/or height. Thus you'll probably have to resize the images via CSS, to fit in your layout. Or change the gallery_default template and hardcode the given size as an inline style.

Additionally, a srcset from the available resolutions for each image will be created.

Sorting options

Since version 1.4.0 there is a sorting setting. Keep in mind that sorting by ID will only work on systems that use a 64-bit PHP environment, due to the large Facebook IDs.

Template data

For each image of the gallery, there is additional data available via $col->fbData. For example $col->fbData->id contains the Facebook ID of the image and $col->fbData->album->name contains the Facebook album's name. Since version 1.5.0 the Facebook data also contains the Facebook link of the image.


  • Due to a lack of implementation within the Graph API of Facebook, public albums from Facebook groups cannot be displayed.
  • Currently, the images are always linked directly from Facebook and will not be cached locally.
  • The Facebook Graph API data is cached locally and can be purged in the system maintenance.


Development funded by Kosmopiloten.