Programming & Tech

How to Make a Discord Bot

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Fiverr Team
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October 27, 2021
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Discord started out as the "Slack" for avid gamers. But it quickly gained attention from developers and other audiences looking for a simple way to communicate and share information.

Today, you can create communities using your own private (or public) servers. It also comes with advanced features, like creating your own bot to automate certain processes.

If you're interested in creating your own Discord bot, then continue reading.

What is a Discord Bot?

A Discord bot is a helpful little program that runs specific activities, including but not limited to:

  • Welcoming new members
  • Moderating discussions
  • Banning troublemakers
  • Paraphrasing influencer content
  • Adding music or games

It’s easy to add a Discord bot to your server and automate useful but repetitive and tedious tasks.

You don’t have to be a coding genius to do that. Just download a pre-made, AI-powered Discord bot and customize its functions.

How to Make a Bot on Discord

To run and manage your Discord server successfully, you need to use a well-programmed bot.

There are two options to obtain one:

Buy a pre-made bot. Or make one from scratch yourself (or with the help of a freelance bot developer).

Most pre-made Discord bots are free but some require a one-time or ongoing subscription. You can also do a quick search online for Discord bots + (action you want to accomplish) to find a suitable bot.

But there’s no fun in that. So why not create your own? We’ll show you how to do so in a few quick steps.

How to Create a Discord Bot Account

The first step is to create a Discord Bot account. Without one, you can’t work with the Discord API or Python library.

  1. Log in to the Discord website and go to the Applications page.
  2. Select the blue New Application button at the top right side.
  3. Give your application a name.
  4. Select Create.
  5. Next, select Add Bot under the Bot tab in the Settings pane.
  6. Confirm your action by selecting Yes, do it!
  7. Toggle the Public Bot default settings slider to on/blue and toggle the Require OAuth2 Code Grant slider to off/grey.
  8. Copy the bot token. A token is a long string that bot accounts use for authentication instead of logging in to Discord with usernames and passwords. You shouldn’t share the token with anybody because they can log in to your bot and compromise it. If you accidentally share your token, you can select the Regenerate button and get a new one.

How to Invite Your Bot to a Discord Server

Congrats! You’ve just created your Discord Bot account and your Discord bot. Now what? Invite it to your Discord server.

  1. Select Bot in the Scopes section under the OAuth2 tab in the left pane.
  2. Choose the permissions you want for your bot depending on what you want it to do.
  3. Select Copy to copy the invite URL you’ll use to add the bot to a Discord server.
  4. Open your web browser and paste the URL you just copied into the address bar.
  5. Select a Discord server to invite your bot to and then select Authorize.
  6. Check whether your account has Manage Server permissions; otherwise, you won’t be able to add the bot.

Now that you have your Discord bot, the next step is to write its code.

How to Code a Discord Bot

You’ll need the discord.py API wrapper for Discord and a browser-based IDE like Replit.

  1. Go to Repl.it, create your account, and then create a new Repl.
  2. Select Python as the language.
  3. Write import discord at the top of main.py. When you press the Run button, Replit will automatically install this dependency.

You can also write code for your Discord bot using any code editor locally on your computer.

  • Windows: use py -3 -m pip install -U discord.py to install discord.py
  • macOS: use python3 -m pip install -U discord.py

Level Up Your Discord Skills

Whether you run a private or public Discord server, it can be tiresome trying to manage all the repetitive tasks. Discord bots automate and simplify this process so you can focus on more important activities.

If you need help creating a Discord bot, check out the freelance developers on Fiverr today!

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