There are two three methods to check if a user is fan of a certain page:


Using the Graph API /USER_ID/likes/PAGE_ID method

Facebook has just released another Graph API way for you to check for this information:

This would return either an empty data array:

    [data] => Array


Or Something like:

    [data] => Array
            [0] => Array
                    [name] => Real Madrid C.F.
                    [category] => Professional sports team
                    [id] => 19034719952
                    [created_time] => 2011-05-03T20:53:26+0000



So this is how we check using the PHP-SDK:

require '../src/facebook.php';

// Create our Application instance (replace this with your appId and secret).
$facebook = new Facebook(array(
  'appId' => 'APP_ID',
  'secret' => 'APP_SECRET',

$user = $facebook->getUser();

if ($user) {
  try {
    $likes = $facebook->api("/me/likes/PAGE_ID");
	if( !empty($likes['data']) )
		echo "I like!";
		echo "not a fan!";
  } catch (FacebookApiException $e) {
    $user = null;

if ($user) {
  $logoutUrl = $facebook->getLogoutUrl();
} else {
  $loginUrl = $facebook->getLoginUrl(array(
	'scope' => 'user_likes'

// rest of code here

Similar request in Javascript:

FB.api('/me/likes/PAGE_ID',function(response) {
	if( ) {
		if( !isEmpty( )
			alert('You are a fan!');
			alert('Not a fan!');
	} else {

// function to check for an empty object
function isEmpty(obj) {
	for(var prop in obj) {
			return false;

	return true;

More about the isEmpty function here.

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Using the REST API pages.isFan method

While Facebook is in the process of deprecating the REST API, pages.isFan is still working and can be called from the new PHP-SDK:

$isFan = $facebook->api(array(
	"method"	=> "pages.isFan",
	"page_id"	=> $page_id,
	"uid"		=> $user_id
if($isFan === TRUE)
	echo "I'm a fan!";

Here are two notes to consider:

  • Using if($isFan) is not enough because:

    If the user’s pages are set to less than everyone privacy, you must ask the user for the user_likes extended permission and include a valid user access token in the API call.

    So basically you may get an ugly “Permissions error” message and it’ll actually validate!

  • If the user you are checking against has a valid session then you don’t need the uid parameter

Same API call but in Javascript:

FB.api({ method: 'pages.isFan', page_id: '184484190795', uid: 'user_id' }, function(resp) {
	if (resp == true) {'user_id likes the Application.');
	} else if(resp.error_code) {
	} else {
	  Log.error("user_id doesn't like the Application.");

Once again, you need to check the response of the call if true or not…using if(resp) is NOT enough!
The example in the Facebook JavaScript Test Console is a bit misleading (the does-like example), since if you don’t grant the user_likes permission and just try it with uid: '579187141' it would result that the user likes the application which is not true!

P.S: I just decremented my user id to get the above user which (it seems) he has a strict privacy for pages he likes!

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Using the FQL page_fan table

We can query the page_fan table to check if the user is a fan of a page or not like so:

$result = $facebook->api(array(
	"method"	=> "fql.query",
	"query"		=> "SELECT uid FROM page_fan WHERE uid=$user_id AND page_id=$page_id"
	echo "$user_id is a fan!";

Following the same concept as the previous method, if you have a user valid session you can use me() instead of $user_id.

The FQL in Javascript:

		method:		'fql.query', 
		query:	'SELECT uid FROM page_fan WHERE uid=user_id AND page_id=page_id'
	}, function(resp) {
		if (resp.length) {
			alert('A fan!')
		} else {
			alert('Not a fan!');
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  • Always ask for the user_likes permission before calling any of the above to make sure you get a correct result
  • Remember when having a valid session, you can use the pages.isFan without the uid parameter and you can use me() instead of the user id when using FQL.
  • For FQL, you can always use as mentioned in the documentation
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  • Toptan Parça Kontor

    great good…this post deserves nothing …hahaha just joking 😛 …nice post

    • Hadisneslanovic

      hey im getting error with this php scipt:

      PHP Fatal error:  Uncaught OAuthException: An active access token must be used to query information about the current user.

      • Vinicio

        Hi, that active token is only passed by facebook. If your are browsing your canvas page alone, this error will be shown. Try running it through a fanpage

  • Vinicio

    i found this tutorial verry useful, but what if i want to check is current user is fan or not of a page, without the autorization process? is that possible?

  • Ahmad Jamaludin

    ive been looking for this
    simple and direct!
    you ROCK o/

  • Farhan Jiwani

    Thank you this made my whole experience pretty speedy!

  • Flpldev

    Hi Ibrahim, I tried your code but $user returns empty. Is the code still up to date?

  • Awais Qarni

    Ibrahim you are a rocker dude. Very Well explained articl

  • Hadisneslanovic

    can you help me, im using this php code to check if user liked my page and i gettings this error:

    PHP Fatal error:  Uncaught OAuthException: An active access token must be used to query information about the current user.

  • Bayan Eskort

    REST API pages.isFan method very good. thanks for information..

  • Martin Bächtold

    Do I have to ask the user for the “user_likes” permission in order to use /USER_ID/likes/PAGE_ID? It’s not mentioned on  (section “Graph API available for checking if a user likes a specific page”).

    What do you think about this Graph API call: /PAGE_ID/members/USER_ID?
    I’ve not found any documentation about it but it seems to work for me.

    • Hadisneslanovic


  • jack

    is it works also with a wordpress page ??? I would like to show a pop up windows in fancybox that cointains the like box of my facebook page for only user that are not fan of my page.

  • Shoaib

        i need help…i added the username  and page id as well.. but it not showing any thing i.e user is fane or not ….:(((

  • KYCO

    I have been using a very similar Javascript approach to getting the Like status, but as of today (4/25/2012), it no longer works!  Using your sample code above, I get the ERROR! alert.  Seems that is null today.  Worked fine as of 4/24/2012 5:15pm – no longer worked as of 4/25/2012 8:00am…….weird. 
    Anyone have any suggestions?  
    Suffering same issues?  

  • xaluan

    great .. could you post the tut how to determine is the user authorized the specific app , if not show the login button request for that app !

  • Lily

    Where can I get a page_id?

    • Kyle

      1) Go to your page and access the Admin Panel. 2) Click “Edit PageUpdate Info” 3) Look at the URL in your browser’s location bar 4) Find the id=XXXXXXXX in the querystring, where XXXXXXXX is the page id.
      Happy coding 🙂

  • kiko

    Is there anyway to see who likes your page?
    I want to do in

  • Naved Chogle

    Thanks.. It helped a lot.. works well…

  • Ivory Santos

    is this still working, particularly the PHP-SDK method? thanks in advance Ibrahim Faour

  • Mgc

    thanks very very thankssssss 🙂

  • Javith Khan

    Hello , A warm to welcome to all .. I am very tired to get all fan page likes user id .. its just display whose friends of mine … please help me to find how to get all page likes user list ??

  • Sudhir K Gupta

    hey can u provide ../src/facebook.php

  • Elias Ayala

    the first example I get blank

  • Goran Gorčo Atanasovski

    All the examples I get, that I don’t like the page, whose ID I put. any advice on this ?

  • Vikas

    Thanks for the nice post, can you tell me is it possible to get if the logged in FB user had liked a particular page or not (its ok if it returns false in case the page likes are private). I don’t want to ask for user_likes permissions though.

  • Mera Rizal

    I will give you 10000 Targeted Facebook user IDS, Emails From Any Fanpage, Group,Event

  • everaldo

    How to delete like of one page facebook with api? help me

  • The fucker

    fuck you!

  • Andrea Concari

    Guys, do you happen to know what I can use for the same goal nowadays?
    It looks like it’s never been more difficult now that Facebook introduced the new Graph 3.0 APIs….