Yesterday I was trying to include a flash object in a facebook app using FBML fb:swf tag. The flash object needed to change the url of the page it was running on on a particular event. But since facebook prevents direct script access from flash, this could not be done.

Here is a simple workaround:

1. Create a simple html page containing only the flash object that you want to include.

      <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
   	<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="foo.swf" width="300" height="300">
   		<param name="movie" value="foo.swf">
         	<param name="quality" value="high">
         	<param name="scale" value="noscale">
         	<param name="salign" value="LT">
         	<param name="menu" value="false">

2. Embed this html on the facebook page using the fb:iframe tag.

Now you can make all the Actionscript calls you want to. Only caveat to this approach is that you will no longer be able to make Facebook API calls directly from flash.

15 thoughts on “Embedding flash object in Facebook Apps (FBML)

  1. Thank you thank you thank you!!! I could not figure out how to get Amazon widgets into my php page and you solved my problem!

  2. thanks, you give me an idea with different way. cause not works for me

  3. Hey, I realize this post is dated a year ago but I was wondering if you see this comment if you can please answer some of my questions regarding this post. I hope to hear from you, thanks!

    – S

    1. @Shira

      Let me know your question, I”ll try to answer them :)

  4. where would I create a simple html page with the flash object I want to include?

  5. Hi I need help I want to put this on a Static FBML page on my facebook PAGE

    How do i do it ???

  6. @lee-ann
    You can use the Static FBML app for including it on your facebook page.

  7. thanks for sharing. I’m trying to figure out how to add a like button in my .swf, at the time it’s more complex than I was expecting.

  8. Hi,
    Is it possible for you to point to an example “flash-object only” page to check if that works for me? Before I will start creating a page like this. Also: fb:frame needs to be inserted into a new tab created with static fbml?

  9. Hi,
    Could you please help me add Amazon widget to an FBML Static tab on facebook? I followed your instructions but it didn’t help…

  10. Hi there,

    I am trying to post a swf audio player to a facebook wall using the FB C# API. I can populate the link and the source properties but I simply fail to accomplish anything that remotely works. Obviously I can include direct links to .mp3 files but as soon as I want to add more info – like parameters needed for my swf file for example – facebook respondes with error 400.
    So what’s the recommended approach for posting an swf object and including the necessary parameters?
    Thanks for ANY sort of info! :-)

  11. hi

    i would like to add my website on xml flash fbml on my fan page facebook and i need the code for that if possible

    thank you

    1. @kamal I don’t understand your question. If you just want to embed another page, use fb:iframe

  12. Do I need to host my html file with the flash object?

    I have this code.


    this code was made by publishing the flash file.
    please help. email me thanks in advance.

  13. can you put sample swf on facebook this is my swf path

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