Getting started with Discord bot

By Robert Dyjas on  • Edit this post

If you want to write Discord bot, there are several options for getting started. I'll describe what I checked when I started looking at that.

No coding at all

My first attempt was based on Mark Ramsey's article. If you happen to follow Tweets of specific user and post them to your Discord, read it and you're done. However, if you need to do anything else (i.e reposting top Reddit posts from specific sub, getting weather alerts etc.), follow this tutorial.

First, go to creating new applet page on IFTTT. Choose the service:

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and specific action (I chose post upvote as it's easy to trigger for testing)

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Once you configured the trigger, go to action configuration:

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Your actions service will be Webhooks:

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In URL field you just have to paste your webhook URL. Do not forget to change method to POST (default is GET):

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Content Type should be application/json and in the body you enter the message you want to be sent.

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There are two options for formatting your message. The simpler one is to just fill username and content for example with this:

{ "username":"New post", "content":"{{Title}} by {{Author}}" }

which would result in such message:

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You can use the dropdown Add ingredient to see which fields are available for you and to add them to your output:

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If you want, you can also create rich embed (you can take example from here and adjust it to your needs).

Once you're done with the configuration, click Create action, rename your applet if needed and click Finish:

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Now you just need to upvote something using your account. You might sometimes use Check now if the applet doesn't run and you're impatient as me.

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