Facebook Query Language

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Facebook Query Language
Appeared in February 2007; 8 years ago (2007-02)
Platform Facebook Platform
Website http://developers.facebook.com/

Facebook Query Language (FQL) is a query language that allows querying Facebook user data by using a SQL-style interface,[1] avoiding the need to use the Facebook Platform Graph API.[2] Data returned from an FQL query is in JSON format by default.


FQL was first made publicly available in February 2007.[3]



In the following query, four different types of data are retrieved from a single table (status) and for a single user ("me"):

SELECT status_id,message,TIME,SOURCE FROM `status` WHERE uid = me()

This query can run by querying the Facebook graph endpoint /fql with the parameters set to q=[FQL]


  1. ^ "Facebook Query Language (FQL)". Documentation. Facebook. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  2. ^ "About Facebook-FQL". Tag info. Stack Overflow. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  3. ^ Steinberg, Ari (February 26, 2007). "Facebook Query Language (FQL)". The Facebook Blog. Facebook. Retrieved 2012-05-18.