Hosting on a Raspberry Pi

Last updated 2 months ago

A lot of people have asked how to host their bots on a raspberry pi, and there's a lot of conflicting information on the internet, well my fellow idiots, I'm here to give you the information you'll need to get your discord.js bot running on node v6 on a raspberry pi.

I'm using a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B running in headless mode with a WiFi dongle, on Raspbian 8 (Jessie)

Commands used in the video;

lsb_release -a - This will show you what version of Raspbian you're running.

node --version - This will show you what version of Node you're running.

npm --version - This will show you what version of NPM you're running.

sudo apt-get remove --purge node* npm* - This will remove ALL traces of Nodered.

There has been conflicting information regarding the purge command, a small number of people have claimed it has messed up their Raspbian installation, so please USE AT YOUR OWN RISK, I cannot be held responsible if it does go wrong, as I encountered no issues running these commands in this order.

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_6.x | sudo -E bash - - This will download everything required for node to be installed.

You can swap out setup_6.x for setup_8.x to update straight to Node 8.

sudo apt-get install -y nodejs - This will install node for you, the -y flag will auto-accept all terms and agreements for you.

sudo npm install pm2 -g - This will install pm2 (Process Manger 2), this isn't required, but it's a great thing to have to restart your bots if you lose power or crash.

pm2 startup - This will begin the process of creating a start up script.

Then follow the on screen instructions