What is FenrirBot?
FenrirBot is a simple python based Discord Bot that you can easily host at home on your own hardware, like a Raspberry Pi. I built FenrirBot for my World of Warcraft guild so that guildmates could quickly access information like raid times by typing the
!raid command in Discord.
I have the Pi running the latest version of Raspbian Stretch Lite (June 2018 release at the time of this writing). The version of shipped with Python 3.5.3, but I went ahead and upgraded to 3.6.6 (since I've had issues using pip on the Pi running 3.7 in the past & for this, it's good enough).
Prerequisites for Python 3.6.X
Install the latest build tools.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install build-essential tk-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev libreadline6-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libdb5.3-dev libgdbm-dev libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev
$ sudo apt-get install libbz2-dev libexpat1-dev liblzma-dev zlib1g-dev
You should already have most of these, but
libssl-dev is important for making sure pip would be working once I upgraded to 3.6.X. Better safe than sorry I suppose.
If one of the packages above cannot be found, try a newer version number (e.g.
libdb5.4-dev instead of
Optional: Purge the source code and previously installed packages.
$ sudo rm -r Python-3.6.6
$ rm Python-3.6.6.tgz
$ sudo apt-get --purge remove build-essential tk-dev
$ sudo apt-get --purge remove libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev libreadline6-dev
$ sudo apt-get --purge remove libdb5.3-dev libgdbm-dev libsqlite3-dev libssl-dev
$ sudo apt-get --purge remove libbz2-dev libexpat1-dev liblzma-dev zlib1g-dev
$ sudo apt-get autoremove
$ sudo apt-get clean
Getting the latest version of Python
Grab the latest version of Python. I'm using Python 3.6.6 for this project.
Extract the .tgz with
$ tar xzvf Python-3.6.6.tgz
Go into the directory with
$ cd Python-3.6.6/
$ ./configure to check for dependencies, this should only take a few minutes.
$ make, this could take quite some time so be patient.
Now we'll install Python 3.6.6 with
$ sudo make install
Last but not least, reboot
$ sudo reboot`.
Configure the Discord bot
Install the latest version of Discord.py.
$ python3 -m pip install -U discord.py
Now we'll setup a directory for FenrirBot.
$ mkdir ~/fenrirbot
Move into the directory you just created.
$ cd ~/fenrirbot
Create a new file.
$ touch bot.py
Edit that file with nano.
$ nano bot.py
You can copy/paste our simple code to get started. Just be sure to replace `TOKEN` with your bot's token to get things working.
from discord.ext import commands
TOKEN = 'TOKEN'
description = '''FenrirBot | For the Horde!'''
bot = commands.Bot(command_prefix='!', description=description)
async def on_ready():
print('Logged in as')
async def raid():
"""will display our current raiding schedule."""
await bot.say("We'll be raiding every Monday & Wednesday at 9:00PM EST")
async def pug():
"""will give you the URL to invite temporary members to the Discord Server."""
await bot.say("Invite PUG members using: LINK REVOKED")
async def hello():
"""FenrirBot will respond back."""
await bot.say("Hello, Champion!")
Save the edits you've made in
Now you can run your bot!
$ python3 bot.py
You can also run using
$ nohup python3 -u ~/fenrirbot/bot.py &
nohup will allow the task to continue running after you terminate your SSH connection.
& is going to run the task in the background to keep the terminal open for use. There is also an issue where the script auto-terminates after 2-3 hours, I've opened Issue 1 but I haven't had time to work on it. Learn more in the issue on setting up a Cron job to keep the bot running.
Give it a whirl
Now your bot should show an online status.
Quickly test your bots response by issuing the