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Quickstart: Hubot for HipChat on Heroku

The Easy Way

Try deploying the "Triatomic" starter HipChat Hubot project to Heroku. Once you have it running, simply clone it and customize its scripts as you please.


The "I do it myself!" Way

This is a HipChat-specific version of the more general instructions in the Hubot wiki. Some of this guide is derived from Hubot's general set up instructions. You may wish to see that guide for more information about the general use and configuration of Hubot, in addition to details for deploying it to environments other than Heroku.

  1. From your existing HipChat account add your bot as a new user. Stay signed in to the account - we'll need to access its account settings later.

  2. If you are using Linux, make sure libexpat is installed:

     % apt-get install libexpat1-dev
  3. You will need node.js. Joyent has an excellent blog post on how to get those installed, so we'll omit those details here. You'll want node.js 0.12.x or later.

  4. Once node and npm are ready, we can install the hubot generator:

     %  npm install -g yo generator-hubot
  5. This will give us the hubot yeoman generator. Now we can make a new directory, and generate a new instance of hubot in it, using this Hubot HipChat adapter. For example, if we wanted to make a bot called myhubot:

     % mkdir myhubot
     % cd myhubot
     % yo hubot --adapter hipchat
  6. At this point, you'll be asked a few questions about the bot you are creating. When you finish answering, yeoman will download and install the necessary dependencies. (If the generator hangs, a workaround is to re-run without the --adapter hipchat argument, accept the default campfire value when prompted, and then re-run yet again, again with the hipchat adapter argument, accepting the prompts to overwrite existing files. This appears to be an issue with the generator itself.)

  7. Turn your hubot directory into a git repository:

     % git init
     % git add .
     % git commit -m "Initial commit"
  8. Install the Heroku command line tools if you don't have them installed yet.

  9. Create a new Heroku application and (optionally) rename it:

     % heroku create our-company-hubot
  10. Add Redis To Go to your Heroku app:

     % heroku addons:add redistogo:nano
  11. Configure it:

    You will need to set a configuration variable if you are hosting on the free Heroku plan.

     % heroku config:add HEROKU_URL=

    Where the URL is your Heroku app's URL (shown after running heroku create, or heroku rename).

    Set the JID to the "Jabber ID" shown on your bot's XMPP/Jabber account settings:

     % heroku config:add HUBOT_HIPCHAT_JID="..."

    Set the password to the password chosen when you created the bot's account.

     % heroku config:add HUBOT_HIPCHAT_PASSWORD="..."

    If using HipChat Server Beta, you need to set xmppDomain to

     % heroku config:add HUBOT_HIPCHAT_XMPP_DOMAIN=""
  12. Deploy and start the bot:

     % git push heroku master
     % heroku ps:scale web=1

    This will tell Heroku to run 1 of the web process type which is described in the Procfile.

  13. You should see the bot join all rooms it has access to (or are specified in HUBOT_HIPCHAT_ROOMS, see below). If not, check the output of heroku logs. You can also use heroku config to check the config vars and heroku restart to restart the bot. heroku ps will show you its current process state.

  14. Assuming your bot's name is "Hubot", the bot will respond to commands like "@hubot help". It will also respond in 1-1 chat ("@hubot" must be omitted there, so just use "help" for example).

  15. To configure the commands the bot responds to, you'll need to edit the hubot-scripts.json file (valid script names here) or add scripts to the scripts/ directory.

  16. To deploy an updated version of the bot, simply commit your changes and run git push heroku master again.

Bonus: Add a notification hook to Heroku so a notification is sent to a room whenever the bot is updated:

Scripting Gotchas

robot.messageRoom syntax is as follows

robot.messageRoom("", "message");

Adapter configuration

This adapter uses the following environment variables:


This is your bot's Jabber ID which can be found in your XMPP/Jabber account settings. It will look something like


This is the password for your bot's HipChat account.


Optional. This is a comma separated list of room JIDs that you want your bot to join. You can leave this blank or set it to "All" to have your bot join every room. Room JIDs look like "" and can be found in the XMPP/Jabber account settings - just add "" to the end of the room's "XMPP/Jabber Name".


Optional. This is a comma separated list of room JIDs that should not be joined.


Optional. Setting to false will prevent the HipChat adapter from auto-joining rooms when invited.


Optional. Setting to false will prevent the HipChat adapter from auto-joining rooms that are publicly available (i.e. guest-accessible).


Optional. Use to force the host to open the XMPP connection to.


Optional. Set to if using HipChat Server.


Optional. Set to debug to enable detailed debug logging.


Optional. Seting to false will prevent the HipChat adapter from auto-reconnecting if it detects a server error or disconnection.

Running locally

To run locally on OSX or Linux you'll need to set the required environment variables and run the bin/hubot script. An example script to run the bot might look like:


export HUBOT_HIPCHAT_JID="..."

bin/hubot --adapter hipchat

But be aware that credentials normally shouldn't be checked into your vcs.

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