How Do I Add a Custom Bot to My Discord Server?


Scott Campbell

Discord is a popular platform that allows users to create and join communities, chat with friends, and even play games together. One of the most exciting features of Discord is the ability to add custom bots to your server.

Bots can enhance your server by providing moderation tools, automating tasks, and adding fun interactive features for your community. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of adding a custom bot to your Discord server.

Step 1: Creating a Bot

Before you can add a custom bot to your Discord server, you need to create one. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to the Discord Developer Portal
  2. Visit the Discord Developer Portal and log in with your Discord account.

  3. Create a New Application
  4. In the Developer Portal, click on “New Application” and give it a name. This name will be displayed as the bot’s username.

  5. Create a Bot User
  6. Navigate to the “Bot” tab in your application settings and click on “Add Bot”. Confirm your action when prompted.

  7. Copy the Bot Token
  8. In the same “Bot” tab, under the section labeled “Token”, click on “Copy” to copy the bot token. This token is essential for authenticating your bot.

Step 2: Inviting Your Bot to Your Server

Now that you have created your bot, it’s time to invite it to your Discord server. Follow these steps:

  1. Generate an OAuth2 URL
  2. In your application settings, navigate to the “OAuth2” tab. Under “Scopes”, select the “bot” checkbox.

  3. Choose Permissions
  4. Scroll down to the “Bot Permissions” section and select the permissions you want your bot to have.

    These permissions determine what actions your bot can perform in your server.

  5. Copy the Generated URL
  6. After selecting the desired permissions, a URL will be generated in the “Scopes” section. Click on “Copy” to copy this URL.

  7. Paste and Visit the URL
  8. Paste the copied URL into your web browser and visit it. You will be prompted to authorize the bot’s access to your server. Select your desired server from the dropdown menu and click on “Authorize”.

  9. Verify Bot Presence
  10. If everything went smoothly, you should see your bot’s username on the member list of your Discord server.

Step 3: Adding Functionality to Your Bot

Congratulations! Your custom bot is now part of your Discord server.

However, it won’t do much unless you add some functionality to it. Here’s how:

  1. Select a Programming Language
  2. To add functionality to your bot, you need to write code using a programming language supported by Discord’s API. Popular choices include JavaScript, Python, and Java.

  3. Choose a Library/Framework
  4. Discord provides libraries and frameworks that simplify interacting with its API. Choose a library/framework that matches the programming language you selected in the previous step. Some popular options for JavaScript are Discord.js and Eris.

  5. Write Your Bot’s Code
  6. Using the chosen library/framework, write code to implement the desired functionality for your bot. This can range from simple commands to complex automated tasks.

  7. Host Your Bot
  8. In order for your bot to be operational, it needs to be hosted on a server. You can choose from various hosting options like self-hosting, cloud platforms, or using specialized hosting services.

  9. Connect Your Bot to Discord
  10. In your bot’s code, use the bot token obtained earlier to authenticate and connect it to Discord’s servers using the library/framework you selected.

  11. Test and Iterate
  12. Once your bot is connected and running, test its functionality on your server. Iterate on your code as needed until you achieve the desired behavior.

Note: Adding functionality to a custom bot requires programming knowledge. If you’re new to coding, consider learning the basics of your chosen programming language before diving into building a custom bot.


You’ve successfully added a custom bot to your Discord server. By following these steps and adding functionality, you can create a unique experience for your community and enhance their Discord server experience.

Remember to always follow Discord’s guidelines and terms of service when developing and using bots on their platform. Happy coding!

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