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 6
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 Get Started. 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 6.

Screenshot of the Facebook Developer site with the Get Started button highlighted


3) Click Next.

Click Next in the Welcome to Facebook for Developers popup


4) Pick what describes you best, it is not important for the next steps.

Different roles to be picked, all will work


5) Select Create First App.

Select the button "Create First App"


Creating an App

6) In the Create an App ID window, select Manage Business Integrations.

Create an App ID window, select "Manage Business Integrations"


7) Enter your app Display Name – this can be anything you like. Enter an email address, select Just me, people in my business or developers who have role on my app and click Create App ID

Create an App ID window. Add App Display Name, contact email, select just me under who can use your app, and click Create App ID

8) 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.

Note: Now that your app is set up, you do not need to go through Business Verification.  This is only required for live public-facing apps, not for apps which are just used for internal use and left in development mode.


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) Click Generate Access Token.

Select Facebook Get Page Access Token


16) Click Continue as __ in the popup modal.

Follow Facebook app prompts


17) In the Permissions section copy and paste pages_read_user_content to add it as a permission to your app.

Follow Facebook app prompts


18) Click Generate Access Token again.

Follow Facebook app prompts


19) Click Continue as __ in the popup modal again.

Follow Facebook app prompts


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

Select any Facebook Page


21) Click Done. 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.

Follow Facebook app prompts


22) 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


23) Paste your Access Token from step 23 into the field below and click Extend my token.

Extend my token


24) 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