In this tutorial, I'll show you how to get your friends listing integrated with MVC app. For a purpose of this tutorial, I use MVC 4 project, however this and any other facebok tutorial in this series is convertible into older versions of MVC as well as standard web forms project.

This is part 3 of Facebook API integration in ASP.NET series. In order to complete this tutorial, you need to have facebook login button integrated in your app. Please check out Part 1 - Integrating Facebook Login button in ASP.NET MVC 4 application for insturctions on how to do so and working solution that you need for this tutorial.

Here's the plan! Firstly we'll create a controller that will communicate with facebook API and request friends listing. Once we've got the data, we'll convert it into native app object and return it to our view.


Firstly, let's create a new model. In Visual Studio solution, right click on Models folder and select Add New Item -> C# class. Name it FacebookFriendsModel.cs and paste in following code:

using System.Collections.Generic;

namespace FacebookLoginButton.Models
    public class FacebookFriendsModel
        public List<FacebookFriend> friendsListing { get; set; }
    public class FacebookFriend
        public string name { get; set; }
        public string id { get; set; }

We'll use this class for Json -> C# conversion. Its properties represent Json data that we get returned from facebook API server.

Rebuild your solution!

Facebook API connector and Json -> C# converter

Now, we need to install 2 dlls. Facebook.dll will make contacting Facebok API server easy peasy and Newtonsoft.Json.dll will helps us with Json string -> C# object conversion. Below, in article attachments section, there is Required dlls download available. Unzip it and drop folder content (4 files in total) into /bin folder inside your app. Once you've done that, in Visual Studio, right click References folder, and add reference to both .dll files that you've just dropped into /bin. If you've completed any other of my facebook tutorials (except part 1 - login button), these dlls should already be found in /bin directory.

Friends controller and view

Time for soooome real coding :) Right click on Controllers folder and create a new, empty controller. Name it FriendsController and paste in following code:

using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Web.Mvc;
using Facebook;
using FacebookLoginButton.Models;
using Newtonsoft.Json;

namespace FacebookLoginButton.Controllers
    public class FriendsController : Controller
        public ActionResult Index()
            FacebookFriendsModel friends = new FacebookFriendsModel();
            var client = new FacebookClient(Session["accessToken"].ToString());
            dynamic fbresult = client.Get("me/friends");
            var data = fbresult["data"].ToString();

            friends.friendsListing = JsonConvert.DeserializeObject<List<FacebookFriend>>(data);

            return View(friends);


This controller contacts facebook API server, converts Json into native C# object using the Model we created earlier and passes it to the view so the details can be nicely presented on the web page.

View() should be highlighted in red indicating that there is no view file (.cshtml) associated with this method. Right click on View() and select add view. Now, be carefull, since we're passing an object to it, it needs to be a strongly-typed view. This will make all object properties accessible via @Model variable. Before clicking OK, make sure all properties in the window are set as on following screen:

Part 3screen1

Once the view has been added, you should find a new .cshtml view file under Views/Friends/Index.cshtml. Open that file and paste in following code:

@model FacebookLoginButton.Models.FacebookFriendsModel

    ViewBag.Title = "Part 3 - Facebook Friends Listing";
    Layout = "~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml";

<h2>Part 3 - Facebook Friends Listing</h2>

    @foreach(var friend in Model.friendsListing){

Finally, rebuild your solution, make sure you dont have any errors on build, press F5 (unless you have it configured as a host), login to facebook using facebook button and go to /Friends url. If you've done everything right, you should see following screen:

Part 3screen2

Feel free to check out my other facebook tutorials! Aaaand leave a comment if you found it helpful. I love getting comments :)

Tagged: .NET 4  ASP.NET MVC  C#  Facebook Friends Listing  Facebook Graph Api  JSON  MVC 4