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

Discord has evolved a lot over the years and it now stands as a reliable platform for not only gamers but anyone who wants to connect with their peers through messaging, video chat and more. Many even use it as a alternative to whatsapp and others popular messaging applications, mainly due to the strong emphasis on groups and communities. Discord has millions of daily active users and a large portion of them use a bot on a daily basis to automate things. If you’re using Discord in any capacity, chances are you’ve used a bot. If you’re wondering how to make your own, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll tell you how to create a Discord bot:

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Requirements

Creating a Discord bot is a relatively simple task. You do need a bit of programming knowledge to set things up, but the complexity of the code depends on the kind of bot you’re trying to create. Let’s take a look at a few things you’ll need to get started. First, you need a Discord account, which you probably have. If not, you can make one for free by visiting the Discord homepage† You can also download and use the Discord client on your gaming laptop or even a telephone.

When you’re done, you should set up 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 code a function for it and use it on your server or assign it to other servers that you have administrator rights for. To assign a bot function, we use Node.js to access the discord.js Node library. You can download the latest version of Node.js from the official website

In addition, we also need a code editor to write and modify the bot functions. we will use Visual Studio Code in this tutorial, although you are free to use whatever you want.


Create and add a Discord bot to your server

The first step is to create an application on Discord for your bot to work. The idea here is to generate a token for your bot so that Discord recognizes the code. To do this, you need to go to Discord’s application page. You will be sent 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’re going to create one now.

  • Press on the New application button to get started.
    discord bot apps page
  • Now give a name to your application and press To create
    name your discord bot page
  • You will now be taken to a page where you can enter details such as your app’s description, add tags, an app icon, and more. When you’re done, press the Saving 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 press the Add Bone knob. Give permission to create the bot when prompted.
    Add 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 tap the Reset button to create a new token. Copy this token ID as we will need it in the following sections.
  • This particular token allows you to control the bot, which means you are not allowed to share it with anyone. If you think this token has been compromised, just come back to this page and hit the reset button to create a new one.
    Bot Token in Discord
  • Now look for the OAuth2 option in the menu on the left sidebar 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
  • Simply paste this particular URL into your web browser and press Enter. A page will open 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 so –
    Invite discord to your server
  • Click Continue and confirm if you want to grant server administrative privileges to your bot. You can also grant or revoke the administrator privileges later, so don’t worry about this option.
  • Once you’ve added the bot to your server, you’ll see a message confirming the bot’s arrival. That’s how you know it worked. You can also see the bot in the member column on the right.
    Testbot 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 some code and sync with the Discord platform. This is where the real work begins, as you set a few parameters 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 will create a simple ‘Ping-Pong’ Discord bot that, as the name suggests, will reply with ‘Pong’ every time you type ‘Ping’.

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

Discord bot now live

You can also create a Discord and host it in the cloud for others to use. For that, you need to use an online IDE like Replit to host your code.

The complexity of the coding process depends on the function you want to assign to your bot. For example, the coding process for a simple “Greeting bot” won’t be as complicated as say, a “Music bot” that can play music from your preferred platform. You can also create a bot to moderate your server and even kick members who repeatedly break rules on your server. 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. Just get a bot from the website and make changes as needed to tailor the bot 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 someone has already created a bot to automate your process. And before you leave, we also recommend you join XDA’s Discord server in which you will find like-minded individuals and also keep up to date with all things XDA. So which Discord bot are you going to create first? Let us know by posting a line in the comments below.

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