Here’s how to build an interactive Discord bot in under 60 minutes

Discord is a instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed for creating communities. With over 100 million users, the service allows you to communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media and files in private chats, or ,as part of communities called “servers”. With this extensive API, Discord allows developers to build bots that perform repetitive, mundane, or even fun tasks. With a Discord bot, users can moderating and send messages to communities, as well as send private messages to users.

In this tutorial, we will build a simple bot that sends random dad jokes to a community at a users request. Using Node.js and discord.js module, we can create, develop, and deploy this Discord bot in less than 60 minutes.

Before we begin…

We’ve listed all the things you need to set up before getting started with the tutorial:

  • Install Node.js onto your machine.
  • Create an account on Discord. You can either download the desktop app or access it using your browser.
  • Create a new community (or a new “server” in Discord language) to test the app.

Once you are set up, you can begin the tutorial!

One last thing, you can find the code for the project on GitHub.

Creating a new Discord bot

In this first step, you should create and configure a new bot on Discord. Here’s how you can do it:

Log in to your Discord account and go to the application page on its developer portal.

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