# Getting Started - TL;DR

# Create App and Bot Account

  • Go to the Discord.com Application Page
  • Create a New Application, and give it a name
  • Click Bot, Add Bot then finally click Yes, do it
  • Visit https://discord.com/oauth2/authorize?client_id=APP_ID&scope=bot , replacing APP_ID with the Application ID from the app page, to add the bot to your server (or ask a server admin to do it for you). If you're wanting slash commands as well, add %20applications.commands to the end of the URL above.
  • Copy your bot's Secret Token and keep it for later

# Pre-requisite software

Depending on the operating system you're running the installation will be slightly different.

  • nodejs (Version 16.6 and higher required, see Windows or Linux)

Once you have this all installed, create a folder for your project and install discord.js:

mkdir mybot cd mybot npm i discord.js

# Example Code

The following is a simple ping/pong bot. Save as a text file (e.g. index.js), replacing the string on the last line with the secret bot token you got earlier:

const { Client, Intents } = require("discord.js");
// Since discord.js exports an object by default, we can destructure it. Read up more here https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Operators/Destructuring_assignment
const client = new Client({
  intents: [Intents.FLAGS.GUILDS, Intents.FLAGS.GUILD_MESSAGES]
client.on("ready", () => {
  console.log("I am ready!");
client.on("messageCreate", (message) => {
  if (message.content.startsWith("ping")) {

# Launching the bot

In your command prompt, from inside the folder where index.js is located, launch it with:

node index.js

If no errors are shown, the bot should join the server(s) you added it to.

# Resources

  • Discord.js Documentation : For the love of all that is (un)holy, read the documentation. Yes, it will be alien at first if you are not used to "developer documentation" but it contains a whole lot of information about each and every feature of the API. Combine this with the examples above to see the API in context.
  • An Idiot's Guide is another great channel with more material. York's guides are great, and he continues to update them.
  • Evie.Codes on YouTube: If you prefer video to words, Evie's YouTube series (which is good, though no longer maintained with new videos!) gets you started with bots.
  • An Idiot's Guide Official Server: The official server for An Idiot's Guide. Full of friendly helpful users!
  • Discord.js Official Server: The official server has a number of competent people to help you, and the development team is there too!