weskerfoot/DeleteFB


Automate Scrubbing your Facebook Presence

License: MIT

Language: Python


Why?

I needed a simple and reliable way to delete Facebook posts. There are third-party apps that claim to do this, but they all require handing over your credentials, or are unreliable in other ways. Since this uses Selenium, it is more reliable, as it uses your real web browser, and it is less likely Facebook will block or throttle you.

As for why you would want to do this in the first place. That is up to you. Personally I wanted a way to delete most of my content on Facebook without deleting my account.

Will this really delete posts?

I can make no guarantees that Facebook doesn't store the data somewhere forever in cold storage. However this tool is intended more as a way to clean up your online presence and not have to worry about what you wrote from years ago. Personally, I did this so I would feel less attached to my Facebook profile (and hence feel the need to use it less).

Dependencies

  • This tool requires at least Python 3.6 in order to run.
  • A recent copy of Chrome or Chromium installed and available in your $PATH

Installation

You have several options to run it.

  1. Install from PyPI with pip3 install --user delete-facebook-posts (recommended you do this in a virtualenv to avoid incompatibilities)
  2. Clone this repo and run pip3 install --user . or do pip3 install --user git+https://github.com/weskerfoot/DeleteFB.git
  3. Set up a Python virtualenv, activate it, and run pip3 install -r requirements.txt, then you can just run python -m deletefb.deletefb in the DeleteFB directory.
  4. Use the docker image (experimental) by running make after checking this repository out with git. There is also an image built and published automatically at wjak56/deletefb:latest

Chromedriver

The tool will attempt to detect the version of Chrome that you have installed and download the appropriate chromedriver. It is possible that it might fail to find your chrome version if you are running on Windows. If that is the case, please try running the docker version.

How To Use It

usage: deletefb [-h] [-M {wall,unlike_pages,conversations}] -E EMAIL [-P PASSWORD] -U PROFILE_URL [-F TWO_FACTOR_TOKEN] [-H] [--no-archive] [-Y YEAR]
                [-B CHROMEBIN]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -M {wall,unlike_pages,conversations}, --mode {wall,unlike_pages,conversations}
                        The mode you want to run in. Default is `wall' which deletes wall posts
  -E EMAIL, --email EMAIL
                        Your email address associated with the account
  -P PASSWORD, --password PASSWORD
                        Your Facebook password
  -U PROFILE_URL, --profile-url PROFILE_URL
                        The link to your Facebook profile, e.g. https://www.facebook.com/your.name
  -F TWO_FACTOR_TOKEN, --two-factor TWO_FACTOR_TOKEN
                        The code generated by your 2FA device for Facebook
  -H, --headless        Run browser in headless mode (no gui)
  --no-archive          Turn off archiving (on by default)
  -Y YEAR, --year YEAR  The year(s) you want posts deleted.
  -B CHROMEBIN, --chromebin CHROMEBIN
                        Optional path to the Google Chrome (or Chromium) binary
  • Make sure that you have a recent version of Python 3.x installed (preferably 3.6 or greater)

  • Make sure that you have Google Chrome installed and that it is up to date

  • The tool will attempt to automatically install chromedriver for Selenium. See here for an explanation of what the chromedriver does. You may have to manually install it if auto-install fails.

    • On Linux, it will be called something like chromium-chromedriver or just chromium.

    • On MacOS, it will be available via brew, with the following commands:

      brew install chromedriver
      
  • Run deletefb -E 'youremail@example.org' -P 'yourfacebookpassword' -U 'https://www.facebook.com/your.profile.url'

  • The script will log into your Facebook account, go to your profile page, and start deleting posts. If it cannot delete something, then it will "hide" it from your timeline instead.

  • Be patient as it will take a very long time, but it will eventually clear everything. You may safely minimize the chrome window without breaking it.

Login

  • The tool will log in using the credentials passed to it. It will wait until the page https://www.facebook.com/ is loaded in order to avoid any issues with logging in. If you pass a 2FA token explicitly with the -F option, then it will try to enter that for you. If there are any issues, it simply pauses indefinitely to allow the user to resolve the problems, and then continues execution.

2FA

  • It is recommended that you disable Two-Factor Authentication temporarily while you are running the script, in order to get the best experience.

  • If you run into issues with Facebook complaining about your browser, currently the only workaround is to manually click through them.

  • If you do have 2-Factor Auth configured then the script will pause for 35 seconds to allow you to enter your code and log in.

  • You may also pass in a code by using the -F argument, e.g. -F 111111.

Delete By Year

  • The tool supports passing the --year flag in order to delete/archive by year. E.g. -Y 2010 would only affect posts from 2010.

Archival

  • The tool will archive everything being deleted by default in .log files. Currently they are simply stored as JSON objects for each line in the log. It will archive the content, and a timestamp if it is available. You may disable this feature by using --no-archive.

Headless mode

  • The tool supports running Chrome in headless mode with the --headless option, which may be preferable if you plan on running it in the background.

Bugs

If it stops working or otherwise crashes, delete the latest post manually and start it again after waiting a minute. I make no guarantees that it will work perfectly for every profile. Please file an issue if you run into any problems.

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