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🤖👾 A Botkit connector for Discord with support for text, voice, attachments, embedded messages, and more.

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This Botkit platform connector is intended to be used for Discord. Underneath the hood, this connector is utilizing discord.js. Currently the connector supports the following features:

  • Text: DM Channel, Group DM Channel, Guild Text Message
  • Voice: Audio Playback and Joining Audio Channels
  • Embedded Messages: Visually rich messages
  • File attachments: Attach files to be downloaded by receiver
  • Various Notifications: Presences, Guild Member Add/Remove/Update, Guild Role Changes, Channel Add/Delete/Create

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Note: Minimum Node Requirement 8+, Recommended 10

$ npm install botkit-discord

Basic Usage

const BotkitDiscord = require('botkit-discord');
const config = {
    token: '**' // Discord bot token
const discordBot = BotkitDiscord(config);
discordBot.hears('hello','direct_message',(bot, message) => {
    bot.reply(message, 'how goes there :)!');
discordBot.hears('.*', 'direct_mention', (bot, message) => {
    bot.reply(message, 'leave me to be please.');

Advance Usage

const BotkitDiscord = require('botkit-discord');
const config = {
    token: '**' // Discord bot token
// Let's join the user's voice channel if we recieve a "b!play"
// play a song and leave, get rating from user, and save result
// if no rating is stored, we can end convoersation
discordBot.hears('b!play', 'ambient', (bot, message) => {
    bot.api.joinVoiceChannel().then(connection => {
        dispatcher ='./music/funny.mp3')
        dispatcher.on('finish', () => {
            bot.createConversation(message, (err, convo) => {
                convo.addQuestion('How would rate that from a scale of 0 to 5?', (response, convo) => {
                    const numberRating = response.text.match(/[0-5]/g);
                    if (numberRating.length < 1) {
                        convo.say('Uhh... not a valid rating, try again later!');
                    convo.say('Oh wow! Thanks for letting me know!');
          , numberRating[0]);
    }).catch(err => {
        // If the user is not in a voice channel, tell them to join one
        bot.reply('Dude, you\'ll need to join a voice channel and try again');

Example Projects

  • Magic-8 Ball
  • Pokedex - Work in progress, but allows users to search for Pokemon through a Pokedex bot and providing a similar output experience, as well as a "text-to-speech" to the user. Read the written tutorial
  • Glitch Examples
    • Starter Kit for Glitch - Quickly deploy a Discord bot with easy to follow step-by-step instructions
    • Gritty Bot - Using Giphy and sports API integration to provide fun and witty interactions
    • Bizbot - Uses Google Sheets to customize your bot, providing a easy way to allow people to contribute stuff to your bot without giving them access to the code

Refer to Botkit documentation to utilize all of the other Botkit features.


When you want your bot to respond to particular events that may be relevant, you can use the .on method.

discordBot.on(EVENT_NAME, event => {
    // do stuff

Incoming Events

Event Description
ambient a channel the bot is in has a new message
direct_message the bot received a direct message from a user
direct_mention the bot was addressed directly in a channel ("@bot hello")
mention the bot was mentioned by someone in a message ("hello @bot")

### Bot Activity Events

Event Description
disconnect Bot has disconnected or failed to login
ready Bot is connected

Discord.js Events

Along with standard events, all Discord.js events have been migrated for your use. Please refer to the docs for usage.

Server Greeting Referenced in Docs

discordBot.on('guildMemberAdd', member => {
  const channel = member.guild.channels.find(ch => === 'member-log');
  if (!channel) return;
  channel.send(`Welcome to the server, ${member}`);
  • "channelCreate"
  • "channelDelete"
  • "channelPinsUpdate"
  • "channelUpdate"
  • "clientUserGuildSettingsUpdate"
  • "clientUserSettingsUpdate"
  • "debug"
  • "disconnect"
  • "emojiCreate"
  • "emojiDelete"
  • "emojiUpdate"
  • "error"
  • "guildBanAdd"
  • "guildBanRemove"
  • "guildCreate"
  • "guildDelete"
  • "guildMemberAdd"
  • "guildMemberAvailable"
  • "guildMemberRemove"
  • "guildMembersChunk"
  • "guildMemberSpeaking"
  • "guildMemberUpdate"
  • "guildUnavailable"
  • "guildUpdate"
  • "message"
  • "messageDelete"
  • "messageDeleteBulk"
  • "messageReactionAdd"
  • "messageReactionRemove"
  • "messageReactionRemoveAll"
  • "messageUpdate"
  • "presenceUpdate"
  • "rateLimit"
  • "ready"
  • "reconnecting"
  • "resume"
  • "roleCreate"
  • "roleDelete"
  • "roleUpdate"
  • "typingStart"
  • "typingStop"
  • "userNoteUpdate"
  • "userUpdate"
  • "voiceStateUpdate"
  • "warn"

Audio/Voice Functionalities

This connector utilizes the built-in discord.js audio functionality, but requires additional steps to work properly:

  1. First install a desired audio enconder either node-opus or opusscript (discord.js recommends node-opus for performance reasons, but opusscript works for development purposes)
    • npm install node-opus
    • npm install opusscript
  2. Next install FFMPEG, you can choose any of the following methods:
    1. (Mac) Install through homebrew: brew update && brew install ffmpeg
    2. (Linux) Install through apt update && apt install ffmpeg
    3. (All) Download and install the binaries manually through the FFMPEG site

For convenience, you'll be able to use the voice functionality if the sender of the message is already in a voice channel. This will be available in the .api properties of the bot object passed as a parameter in the event handler.

  • joinVoiceChannel()
  • leaveVoiceChannel()

Example Usage:

discordBot.hears('!audio', 'ambient', (bot, message) => {
    if (!bot.api.joinVoiceChannel) {
       return bot.reply(message, 'I would if you were in a voice channel!');
    bot.api.joinVoiceChannel().then(connection => {
        // Absolute path to local mp3 file
        dispatcher = connection.playFile('/Users/jdoe1/projects/music-bot/assets/song.mp3')
        dispatcher.on('end', () => {
     }).catch(err => {
        console.log(`Failed to play audio: ${err}`);


To use embeds, it's preferred to use the Discord.js RichEmbed builder, discordBot.RichEmbed().


discordBot.hears('!rpg', ['direct_message', 'ambient'], (bot, message) => {
    const embed = new discordBot.RichEmbed()
        "Quick RPG Stats",
    embed.addField("Power Level 👊", "Equivalent to a Goblin Archer 🏹");
    embed.addField("Skills Acquired 🥕", "🏹 Archery, 🍳 Cooking");
    bot.reply(message, embed)


It's recommended to use the attachment helper, discordBot.Attachment:


discordBot.hears('!file', ['direct_message', 'ambient'], (bot, message) => {
    const attachment = new discordBot.Attachment('./temp.js', "Awesome Script!")
    bot.reply(message, attachment)


Ⓒ MIT Brandon Him / brh55

Please let me know if you plan on forking or would like professional support. Open-source is a hobby, but it would be great as a full-time gig :)

This wouldn't be possible without all the tremendous effort and contributors behind discord.js.


npm i botkit-discord

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