How Do I Add a Discord Bot to My Server?


Heather Bennett

How Do I Add a Discord Bot to My Server?

Discord bots can enhance your server’s functionality and make it more engaging for your community. Whether you want to add a moderation bot, music bot, or any other type of bot, the process is generally the same. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to add a bot to your Discord server.

Step 1: Creating a Discord Bot

If you haven’t created a bot yet, here’s how you can do it:

  1. Open the Discord Developer Portal in your browser.
  2. Click on the “New Application” button.
  3. Enter a name for your application and click on the “Create” button.
  4. Navigate to the “Bot” tab in the sidebar and click on “Add Bot”.
  5. Customize your bot’s avatar and username if desired.
  6. Copy the token by clicking on the “Copy” button under the token section. Keep this token safe as it grants access to your bot.

Step 2: Inviting Your Bot to Your Server

To add your bot to your server, follow these steps:

  1. Create an invite link for your bot by navigating to the “OAuth2” tab in the sidebar.
  2. Select the needed permissions for your bot from the list.
  3. Copy the generated invite link.
  4. Paste the invite link into your browser and select the server you want to add the bot to.
  5. Authorize the bot by following the on-screen instructions.

Step 3: Coding Your Bot

Now that your bot is added to your server, it’s time to code its functionality. You can use various programming languages and libraries to create Discord bots. Here’s an example using JavaScript and Node.js:

Note: Before proceeding with coding, make sure you have Node.js installed on your computer.

  1. Create a new folder for your bot project.
  2. Navigate to the project folder in your terminal or command prompt.
  3. Type the following command to initialize a new Node.js project:
    $ npm init -y
  4. Type the following command to install the Discord.js library:
    $ npm install discord.js
  5. Create a new file in your project folder and name it “bot.js”. This will be your main bot file.
  6. Edit the “bot.js” file with your preferred code editor and add the following code:
    // Require the Discord.js module
    const Discord = require('discord.js');
    // Create a new client instance
    const client = new Discord.Client();
    // Event triggered when the bot is ready
    client.on('ready', () => {
      console.log(`Bot is ready!`);
    // Event triggered when a message is received
    client.on('message', message => {
      if (message.content === '!ping') {
    // Login to Discord with your bot token
  7. Replace ‘YOUR_BOT_TOKEN’ with the token you copied earlier.
  8. Save the changes to “bot.
  9. Navigate to your project folder in the terminal or command prompt.
  10. Type the following command to start your bot:
    $ node bot.js

Congratulations! You have successfully added a Discord bot to your server and coded its basic functionality. Feel free to explore more features and customize your bot according to your preferences.


In this tutorial, we have covered the essential steps to add a Discord bot to your server. We began by creating a Discord bot through the Developer Portal, then invited it to our server using an invite link. Finally, we coded a simple example using JavaScript and Node.js.

Bots can offer numerous benefits for managing and engaging with your Discord community. Experiment with different functionalities and make your server an even more enjoyable place for everyone!

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