Discord bot workshop

 Apr 7, 2019   Post By: Sam Nolan

How to make a discord bot. Tuesday the 9th’s workshop

Hey everyone!

Today we’ll be looking into the wonderful world if discord and chat bots! We’ll be using node.js to code our own discord bots to play with.

Let’s get started!

Getting the software

First we’ll need to download and install NodeJS. NodeJS is a program that runs Javascript without a browser. It’s a really popular platform for developers.

Second, you’ll need a discord account. If you don’t have one and think that you could somehow get through this tutorial without one, think again and sign up for an account.

Once you have these two things, we’re pretty much ready to go!

Register your bot with discord

Most applications that provide developer services require you to register your app. This makes sure that if you are abusing your privilages as a developer, your application can be blacklisted. The T&Cs for a discord developer are here, but basically be respectful, keep private data private, and don’t send automated messages from your own user account.

Go to the discord developer portal and click “New Application”. Give it a name make sure the name is unique enough as it will be the name of your bot.

Click “Bot” in the sidebar and then “add Bot”

You don’t need to tick any of the bot permissions, as you can assign it permissions on the server. If you want you can give it a profile picture.

Copy the token that’s hidden by pressing the copy button.

Invite the bot to the server

To invite the bot to the server, OAuth2 then scroll down to the scopes section, check the “bot” scope and a url will appear in the textbox below. Go to that url and you then invite the bot to any server that you can invite people to.

Get the sample code from github

Now we can get some code to run our bot! How bots work is that your computer registers a connection with discord, and then your bot comes online. Any requests are sent to your code and then your code can do whatever they wish when they get the message.

The code for a simple sample is here Click “Clone and Download” then “download zip” to bring it down to your computer, or clone it properly if you know your git.

Run the bot

Once you’ve got the code, unzip the files somewhere and go into the folder via a terminal. Check if you have node installed by running

npm --version

If it displays the version, your node is ready to go!

now run

npm install

This will download all of the projects dependencies for it to run. After that’s done, we’ll need to set the bot’s token that you copied before. To do this, open bot.js and put your token into the file close to the top.

After that’s done, run the following command and see your bot come to life on your server!

npm run start

Tinker with your bot

Well that wasn’t too bad. To look into how you can do other things with node and discord, check out the discord.js docs: “https://discord.js.org/#/” and ask around for some NodeJS advice. The syntax is very similar to Java though.

If your bot is mature enough, ask for it to become a member of the programming club discord!

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