How to create a Discord bot and add it to your server

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Discord has come a long way over the years and is now a reliable platform not only for gamers, but also for anyone looking to connect with their peers through messages, video chat, and more. Many even use it as an alternative to WhatsApp and other popular messaging apps, especially thanks to the focus on groups and communities. Discord has millions of daily active users and a good portion of them use a bot on a daily basis to automate things. If you use Discord in any capacity, chances are you’ve used a bot. If you’re wondering how to make one yourself, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll walk you through how to create a Discord bot:

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Preconditions

Creating a Discord bot is a relatively simple task. You need a bit of programming knowledge to set things up, but the complexity of the code depends on the type of bot you’re trying to build. Let’s take a look at a few things you need to get started. First, you need a Discord account, which you probably have. Otherwise, you can create one for free by heading to the Discord homepage. You can also download the Discord client and use it on your gaming laptop or even a phone.

Once done, you need to configure your own server to use the bot. You can then easily invite the bot to your server by following a few simple steps. Once the bot arrives on your server, you can then code a function for it and use it in your server or assign it to other servers where you have administrator rights. To assign a bot function, we will use Node.js to access the Node discord.js library. You can download the latest version of Node.js from the official website.

Additionally, we will also need a code editor to write and modify the functions of the bot. We’ll be using Visual Studio Code in this tutorial, although you’re free to use whichever you want.


How to create and add a Discord bot to your server

The first step is to create an app on Discord for your bot to work. The idea here is to generate a token for your bot so that Discord recognizes the code. For that, you’ll need to head to Discord’s apps page. You will be taken directly to the page once you log in with your Discord account where you will see a list of your apps. Don’t worry if the list is empty because we’ll create one now.

  • Hit it New app button to start.
    discord bot apps page
  • Now give your app a name and press Create.
    name your discord bot page
  • It will now take you to a page where you can enter details like your app description, add tags, app icon, etc. When finished, press the Save changes button to continue.
  • Now look for the Bot option in the menu list on the left sidebar. Tap it to open the Bots page and tap the Add a bot button. Allow permission to create the bot when prompted.
    Add a bot to your server page
  • You will now see a security token for your bot on the next page. If the token has not been generated, just press the Reset button to create a new token. Copy this token ID as we will need it in the following sections.
  • This particular token puts you in control of the bot, which means you don’t have to share it with anyone. If you believe this token has been compromised, simply return to this page and press the reset button to create a new one.
    Bot Token in Discord
  • Now look for the OAuth2 option in the left sidebar menu and click on it to find your CLIENT ID. It’s a long string of numbers that you need to copy and paste into this URL below – replace the word CLIENTID with the actual CLIENT ID you just copied –
    https://discordapp.com/oauth2/authorize?&client_id=CLIENTID&scope=bot&permissions=8
  • Just paste that particular URL into your web browser and hit enter. This will open a page where you can tell Discord where to send your bot. Select the server you want to add your new bot to from the drop down menu like this –
    Invite a discord bot to your server
  • Click Continue and confirm whether or not you want to grant server admin rights to your bot. You can also grant or revoke admin rights later, so don’t sweat that option.
  • Once you’ve added the bot to your server, you’ll see a message confirming the bot’s arrival. That’s how you’ll know it worked. You will also see the bot in the members column on the right side.
    Test bot added to server

Well, that’s it, you have now created a Discord bot for your server. If you followed all the steps carefully, you should be able to see the bot on your server. The bot will remain offline until you define a function for it with a code and synchronize it with the Discord platform. This is where the real work begins, as you will configure a few settings and tell your bot what you want it to do.

How to assign a bot function and host a Discord bot

Now follow the steps below to create and host a discord bot on your PC:

For this tutorial, we’ll create a simple “Ping-Pong” Discord bot that, as the name suggests, will respond with “Pong” whenever you type “Ping”.

As soon as you run the node bot.js command, you will notice that your server’s Discord bot will be online. You can then test the bot by typing ‘ping’ to which it will respond ‘pong’.

The Discord bot is now live

You can also create a Discord and host it in the cloud for others to use. For this you will need to use an online IDE such as Replit to host your code.

The complexity of the coding process depends on what function you want your bot to have. The process of coding a simple “Greeting Bot”, for example, won’t be as complicated as, say, a “Music Bot” that can play music from your favorite platform. You can also create a bot to moderate your server and even kick members who repeatedly violate your server rules. There are tons of useful Discord bots out there, so the possibilities are truly endless. Top.gg is a good place to look for Discord bots if you don’t want to go through the hassle of coding. Simply choose a bot from the website and make the necessary changes to modify the bot according to your needs. There are plenty of options to choose from, so be sure to use the search bar at the top to find what you’re looking for.


Well, that brings us to the end of this particular tutorial. There are a ton of useful Discord bots out there right now, so we highly recommend doing a Google search to see if anyone has already created a bot to automate your process. And before you go, we also suggest you join XDA’s Discord server where you will find like-minded people and also stay up to date with all things XDA. So which Discord bot will you create first? Let us know by dropping a line in the comments below.

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