Get a Facebook Access Token to display Events

Important: If using our "Custom Facebook Feed" plugin then you don't need to follow these directions unless you want to display events. Instead, you can use the easy "Log in and get my Access Token" button inside the plugin to get your own Access Token. If you want to display events from your Facebook page then you will need to follow the directions below to retrieve a token.

Creating a Facebook Developer Account

If you already have a Facebook Developer account then skip to step 7
To renew an existing token follow the steps here

1) Go to and click on Log In in the top right.  Log in using your personal Facebook account.  Note: You must use the username and password from your personal Facebook profile. Facebook doesn’t allow businesses to register as developers, only individuals.

Screenshot of Facebook developers website with the Login button highlighted


2) If this is your first time signing in to the Facebook Developer portal then click on Register. Registering is a quick an easy process which will take less than a couple of minutes.  If you’re already registered then you can skip ahead to step 7.

Screenshot of the Facebook Developer site with the Register Now button highlighted


3) Accept the Facebook terms and click Next.

Accept Facebook's terms and conditions


4) Enter your phone number to confirm your account.

Enter your phone number


5) Facebook will send you an automated text message containing a confirmation code. Enter it in the box and click Register.

Enter your code from Facebook into the box


6) You’re now registered as a Facebook Developer. Click Done.

Registered as Facebook Developer


Creating an App

7) Hover over My Apps and then click on Add New App.

Add a new Facebook App


8) If prompted, click on basic setup. Note, this isn’t always displayed so, if not, then you can skip to the next step.

Add a new Facebook App


9) Enter your app Display Name – this can be anything you like. Enter an email address and click Create App ID

Add App ID and Email to Register new Facebook app


10) Complete the Security Check and click Submit to complete the app setup.

Facebook security check

Important: Leave the app in Development mode. Do not make it Live.


Retrieving a Page Access Token

11) Important: Make sure your app is in “Development mode” and not Live. Then, go to the Settings > Basic to get your app information.

Go to Facebook app settings page


12) Important: Copy and paste your App ID and App Secret (shown below) into the fields in the next step.
Note: Make sure to click “Show” next to your App Secret before copying.

Copy Facebook app ID and secret


13) Copy and paste your App ID and App Secret from step 12 above into the fields below, then proceed to the next step.



14) Go to and select the same app you set up in step 7 from the Facebook App drop-down list show below:

Select your Facebook App


15) Open the dropdown labeled User or Page button and select Get Page Access Token.

Select Facebook Get Page Access Token


16) Follow the prompts to authorize your app.

Follow Facebook app prompts

Note: You can ignore the message which says Submit for Login Review. The app will stay in development mode and so doesn't need to be submitted for review.


17) Select ONE Facebook page that you want to display events from. Important: Do not select multiple pages from the list.

Select any Facebook Page


18) Once you've completed the prompts this will then provide a temporary (1 hour) Access Token. Copy this temporary Access Token and paste it into the field in the next step to extend it so that it never expires.

Copy Facebook Access Token


19) Paste your Access Token from step 18 into the field below and click Extend my token.

Extend my token


20) Copy and Paste this token into the field labeled "Facebook Access Token" on the plugin's Settings page.

Using it in a shortcode

You can also use it in a shortcode by using the accesstoken shortcode setting.
Eg: [custom-facebook-feed id="YOUR_PAGE_ID" accesstoken="YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN_HERE"].



If you're receiving the following error message:
(#10) To use 'Page Public Content Access', your use of this endpoint must be reviewed and approved by Facebook. To submit this 'Page Public Content Access' feature for review please read our documentation on reviewable features:

Then check the following three things:

  1. That you are an admin of the Facebook page you're trying to display posts from
  2. That the app is in "Development" mode and not "Live"
  3. That you selected the correct app and Facebook page in steps 14 and 15

Renewing a Token

To extend an existing token so that it never expires please follow the steps here