Getting Started - Windows TL;DR

This is the TL;DR version for Windows. If you wish for a long version with more explanations, please see this guide

Create App and Bot Account

  • Create a New Application, and give it a name

  • Click Create a bot account, then Yes, do it

  • Visit , replacing APP_ID with the Client/Application ID from the app page, to add the bot to your server (or ask a server admin to do it for you).

  • Copy your bot's Secret Token and keep it for later

Pre-requisite software

Install the following software in Windows:

If you need sound support, you'll need 2 more things:

  • ffmpeg which is available on this page

  • The new windows build tools:

  • Open an ADMIN command prompt, or PowerShell

  • Run the following command: npm i -g --production windows-build-tools

  • This installs Python 2.7 and the C++ Build Tools standalone.

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

md mybot cd mybot npm install discord.js

Example Code

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

const Discord = require("discord.js");
const client = new Discord.Client();
client.on("ready", () => {
console.log("I am ready!");
client.on("message", (message) => {
if (message.content.startsWith("ping")) {"pong!");

Launching the bot

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

node mybot.js

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


  • 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  • Evie.Codes on Youtube: If you prefer video to words, Evie's youtube series (which is good, though no longer maintained with new videos!)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!