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    A Slack bot that gives you daily tips



    dependencies devDependencies

    Tipsbot comes preconfigured with tips from Pragmatic Programmer (great book, you should read it!) but allows you to supply your own tips if you so wish.


    $ npm install -g tipsbot

    Running Tipsbot

    To run the Tipsbot you must have an API token to authenticate the bot on your slack channel. Once you get it you just have to run:

    BOT_API_KEY=somesecretkey tipsbot


    The Tipsbot is configurable through environment variables. There are several variable available:

    Environment variable Description
    BOT_API_KEY (required) The API token needed by the bot to connect to your Slack organization
    BOT_FILE_PATH (optional) Variable that allows you to use a different tips dataset, defaults to tips from the Pragmatic Programmer
    BOT_NAME (optional) The name of your bot, defaults to 'Tipsbot'
    BOT_CHANNEL (optional) The Slack-channel Tipsbot will post to, defaults to 'general'
    BOT_START_INDEX (optional) The index for the first tips from the dataset, defaults to 0
    BOT_SCHEDULE (optional) Cron string that specifies when to post tips, defaults to 0 9 * * 1,2,3,4,5 which is 09:00 on mon-fri
    BOT_ICON_URL (optional) URL to an image that will be used for the bot's avatar, defaults to ''

    Launching the bot from source

    If you downloaded the source code of the bot you can run it using NPM with:

    $ npm start

    Don't forget to set your BOT_API_KEY environment variable before doing so. Alternatively you can also create a file called token.js in the root folder and put your token there (you can use the token.js.sample file as a reference).

    Using Tipsbot programmatically

    var tipsbot = require('tipsbot')
    var bot = tipsbot.create({
        token: <STRING>,
        name: <STRING>,
        filePath: <STRING>,
        channel: <STRING>,
        schedule: <STRING>,
        startIndex: <NUMBER>,
        iconURL: <STRING>,

    The options object supplied to the create method will override environment variables.

    Format of JSON dataset

    If you supply your own JSON file with tips then make sure if follows this structure:

            heading: '<STRING>',
            details: '<STRING>'


    Uses semantic-release to help with the versioning and deployment to npm. To deploy new versions to npm, to the following:

    $ git add <FILES TO STAGE>
    $ npm run commit #will run tests locally, if they pass semantic-release will start interactive commit process 
    $ git push #will run tests tests on Travis-CI, if they pass semantic-release will deploy a new version to npm 

    Shout out

    A lot about Tipsbot have been stolen shamelessly from Luciano Mamminos awesome NorrisBot


    Licensed under MIT License. © Simon Johansson.


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