How Do I Bot My Discord Server?


Heather Bennett

Welcome to this tutorial on how to bot your Discord server! If you’re looking to automate certain tasks or enhance the functionality of your server, bots can be a great addition. In this article, we’ll explore the steps involved in setting up a bot for your Discord server.


Before we dive into the process of botting your Discord server, let’s ensure that you have everything you need:

  • A Discord account
  • A server where you have administrative privileges
  • Basic knowledge of JavaScript and programming concepts

Step 1: Creating a Bot Account

The first step is to create a bot account on the official Discord Developer Portal. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the portal using your Discord account credentials.
  2. Create a new application by clicking on the “New Application” button.
  3. Navigate to the “Bot” tab on the left-hand side menu.
  4. Click on “Add Bot” and confirm when prompted.

Step 2: Adding the Bot to Your Server

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

  1. Navigate back to the “General Information” tab.
  2. Copy the “Client ID” of your application.
  3. Replace `YOUR_CLIENT_ID` with your actual client ID in this URL:

    Open the modified URL in a new browser tab.

  4. Select your server from the dropdown and click on “Authorize” to grant the necessary permissions for the bot.

Step 3: Writing Your Bot’s Code

Now it’s time to write some code for your bot. Here’s a simple example using the Discord.js library:

const Discord = require('discord.js');
const client = new Discord.Client();

client.on('ready', () => {
  console.log(`Logged in as ${client.user.tag}!`);

client.on('message', (message) => {
  if (message.content === '!hello') {'Hello, world!');


Step 4: Running Your Bot

To run your bot, follow these steps:

  1. Create a new directory on your computer and navigate to it using a command-line interface.
  2. Initialize a new Node.js project by running npm init.
  3. Install the required dependencies by running npm install discord.js.
  4. Create a new file with a .js extension (e.g., bot.js) and paste the code from Step 3 into it.
  5. Replace `YOUR_BOT_TOKEN` with the token of your bot obtained from the Discord Developer Portal.
  6. Save the file and run it using node bot.


Congratulations! You've now learned how to set up and run a bot for your Discord server.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to bot development, but it should give you a solid foundation to build upon. Experiment with different features and explore the vast possibilities that bots offer for enhancing your server!

Remember to always refer to the official Discord documentation and community resources for more information and advanced techniques.