This project is based on and is meant to be a ‘Quick Start Bot’ to cut down on the time it takes to write complex discord bots.

NOTE: Written for python 3. Last updated [2020-12-20].


  • Full multi-server support
    • Per-server bot settings
    • Per-server command prefix
    • Global bot settings
    • Ban a user globally or a guild from using the bot
  • Useful bot admin utilites
    • Get invite to requested server
    • Have the bot echo your message
    • Detailed logging
    • Automated testing
  • Easy to add new commands and games
    • Add command aliases
    • Define permission levels
    • Set commands to DM only
    • Add command descriptions and usage information
    • No need to worry about restarting bot during any running games
  • Custom help messages based on user’s permission level (superadmin, server admin, user)
  • Get notified if the bot is unable to access the database

And any other bot/server specific features you wish to write!

Version 1.0 Checklist:

  • Broadcast message to bot server admins
  • Switch help and settings commands to use interactive embeds
  • Enable/disable commands on global level
  • Enable/disable commands on server level
  • Restrict commands to certain channels on server level
  • Chunk and zip log files if size exceeds limit

Setup Instructions:

  1. Install Python Dependencies:

    $ python3 -m pip install
    $ python3 -m pip install pymysql
    $ python3 -m pip install asgiref
  2. Install MySQL:

  3. Place bot files directory in ‘/usr/local/lib/’:

    • After placing the files, make update the file permissions

      $ sudo chown root:root /usr/local/lib/Generic-DiscordBot/src/
      $ sudo chmod 644 /usr/local/lib/Generic-DiscordBot/src/
  4. Set up discord bot user

    • Go to the discord developer portal create an application.
    • Create a bot user for your application.
    • Enable the ‘Server Members Intent’ setting under the ‘Privileged Gateway Intents’ section.
  5. Update the bot’s settings:

    • Update the prefs.json file found in the /res folder.
    • If not present run the bot once to generate both the folder and file.
    • Bot tester client token is only necessary when running the tester bot.
  6. Allow bot’s stop and start to be handled by systemd:

    • Place ‘generic_bot.service’ in ‘/etc/systemd/system/’
    • Then run:

      $ sudo chown root:root /etc/systemd/system/generic_bot.service
      $ sudo chmod 644 /etc/systemd/system/generic_bot.service
      $ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
      $ sudo systemctl enable generic_bot

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  1. Check if the bot’s service is enabled properly:

    $ sudo systemctl list-unit-files | grep generic_bot
    generic_bot.service                enabled
  2. Start / stop the bot’s service:

    $ sudo systemctl start generic_bot
    $ sudo systemctl stop generic_bot
    $ sudo systemctl restart generic_bot
    $ sudo systemctl status generic_bot

And you’re done! The bot automatically creates all of the folders, files, and database tables it uses as needed.


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