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Hosting discord.js bots on repl.it!! [ Works for both discord.js and Eris ]
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TheDrone7

Hosting discord.js bots on repl.it!

This tutorial shows how you can host your discord bots on repl.it if they are built in node.js irrespective of whatever library you used. This tutorial is applicable for all discord.js and Eris bots.

Just to ease things we'll be using the end product of this tutorial.


What we'll be doing?

  1. Creating a web server using the express module.

  2. Using uptimerobot to ping our bot every 30 minutes.

    We do this because our repl goes offline after 1 hour of inactivity. So we keep pinging the repl every 30 minutes, to avoid it being idle for one hour.


Step 1: Setting up the server

Once you have your bot ready for hosting, use the packages tab of repl.it to install the express package.

Next, create a new file, let's name it server.js because it is a server and why not.
Open up this file and import the express package

After that, create a new server! Which is as easy as

And we now have a new server as well! Next step would be to create a route, as without a route your server might as well not exist. So here we go: -

This will create a new route at '/' which is basically the home page. .all() method creates a new route for handling all types of HTTP requests like GET/POST/PUT etc. The two parameters it takes are 1) the route and 2) The callback, which in turn takes 2 - 3 parameters ( We use the 2 parameter alternative ) i.e. the HTTP request and the HTTP response.

res.send('Your bot is alive') tells that the server has to return a string saying your bot is alive.

Now that we have our server ready, we'll create a function that starts the server,

The server.listen() is a function that starts the server and takes in multiple arguments.

  1. PORT : the port which listens for the request. (Default for node.js is 3000 so we stick with it)
  2. CALLBACK : the function which takes place when the server is ready for handling requests.

And that's it! Now we will export the keepAlive() function since that's all we really need.

And we're done!

Run your bot, you should see something similar to this: -

  1. If you see this message then you've successfully created a server and the bot as well, if you don't see this, you must have messed something up, go back and make sure everything is right :P.
  2. This is the link which we will ping every 30 minutes to keep the repl alive.

Step 2: Combining the bot and server

Now that our server and bot are both ready, we need to combine the both to bring out the desired outcome. For that, open up your index.js file or whichever file has discordClient.login(TOKEN) method, and import the server.js file. ( I have kept the both in the same directory to keep things simple)

And just before logging in to your bot use the keepAlive() function.

and we're done combining the two as well!


Step 3: Setting up UPTIMEROBOT

  1. Visit this link and register a new account ( or login to your old one if you already have one ) just like any other website. ( It is free and safe of course )

  2. Click on the New Monitor button.

  3. It will open up a form, fill it as specified below: -
    Monitor Type : Set it to HTTP(s).
    Friendly Name : Set it to whatever you like. Although, I recommend you name it after your bot.
    URL or IP : Copy your server link and paste it here.
    Monitoring Interval : Anything between 5 minutes to 45 minutes is fine, 30 minutes is recommended
    "Alert Contacts To Notify" : Make sure to select yourself here. It will enable you to get notified whenever your bot goes offline via email.

    and finally click Create Monitor .


Now you're bot will stay online for as long as it can.

( Repl it being just another host, won't be able to host it 24/7 so it will have a downtime of a few minutes within every 24 hours.)

And you're done!

Please upvote if you found this useful!

Also, comment down below if there's something you would like to share or ask.

And finally, thanks for reading it!


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GlitzyMeteor

keepAlive function is not defined :( double-checked everything :(

MewLugia09

Is Server Link an Invitation to the Bot You Call?

HexKitsune

TorCenta

does this mean that I have to have repl open 24/7?

LuigiBoy72
Gamerul552


Pls help me

Gamerul552

I don't see the link to my site to put it in Uptime

ramin248

i mistakely pressed close button of the server url now i cant get the url anymore how can i get it

hightowernolan


it isn't showing the server preview and the bot goes offline soon after I close the repl tab, even with uptime robot on. Please help

cesart050892

fine

novemberlc

The webserver doesn't start.

KiritoBlack

It works........but when i tried with another bot on uptimerobot it says The monitor URL/IP is invalid, please try with another URL/IP.

gameietweg

where have packages tab of repl?
i can't find it

Aflix90

If there is a bug and you're doing everything right but it wont show you have to delete the files "package.json" and "package-lock.json" and then run the code again. Repl wants the express file instead of just "express" it wants it installed with discord.js so "discord.js-express." After that it should appear!

liziyt0617

need help

code913

You explained the server link a little badly so some people are confused with what the heck it actually is. The simple explanation is just that <repl name>.<user name>.repl.co is the server link for the repl.

ClaraLila

How can I add embeds? It keeps saying: "SyntaxError: Unexpected token ':'"

pro260

what is server link is the repl it url

code913

@pro260 it is <repl name>.<user name>.repl.co

RT1005

Where should i create the file in step1?

TheDrone7

@RT1005 wherever your bot file is.

RT1005

repl.it ?
@TheDrone7

Gooba0069

@RT1005 add me at discord i would help you Gooba#0069

Aspekttt

really helpful thank you so much

GeekyAbhi2020

works for v12? and a problem i noticed is rolling out updates with live coding whats the most efficient way to do so

MeowcaTheoRange

@GeekyAbhi2020 Works for any type of bot project (twitter, reddit, discord, etc, etc, etc) because all UTR is doing is visiting your website to make REPL load it. You can even do this with non-bot projects using Express if it's important.

P025

i did all of this and it still gets down help

DaLiteralPanda

what is a server link?

kemosaf5

Yes, thats a very nice way to keep your bot 24/7, but your repl is public, not only people cant steal your code, they can also access your token, so make a file named .env, and inside of it just put TOKEN=your-token-here, then go back to your main file, and do process.env.TOKEN instead of putting your token between " ", repl doesnt make .env files public.

PineapplePraise

@kemosaf5 Problem... The env file is hidden from public. Including the link that uptime robot is pinging, which gives the error of invalid token when using the repl run link.

kemosaf5

@PineapplePraise No problem at all! uptime robot doesnt need to see your token, its just going to your projects website to keep it awake, as for running it, it shouldnt give an error if you have access to the env file

PineapplePraise

@kemosaf5 yeah i just realized I didn't do something right

Jannis2021

@kemosaf5 idk if you still looking at this but I get an ERROR every time I try to run the bot. Do I have to put the token in "" or ''`or jus tnothing?

ZafirHasanHasan

@Jannis2021 you have to put a token to login in bot, like

client.login("mysupersecrettoken") or your bot appear online

MrTechy11

@Jannis2021 in your .env file, write this code:

TOKEN=paste_token_here

do NOT put quotations around it, just paste the token.

lumaduda

never worked for me

TheDrone7

@lumaduda it's still working for me till date.
https://repl.it/@starboard/starboard is a bot I've been hosting permanently on repl.it using the same technique as here except for some changes to how I do the same thing.

rblxploit

@lumaduda you probably did something wrong with express

ike_fite

My bot was doing fine and is now not working at all.

P025

@ike_fite did you find some other way to do it or no?

[deleted]

Making embeds in Discord.js now requires node.js version 12 or higher. Repl.it has node version 10.x.x.
Anybody have ways of making embeds without node 12?

Embedded77

@Helixable RichEmbed

MakerofMyths

@UsernameWitheld
Doesnt work for me, it keeps saying "RichEmbed is not a constructor"
Any help?

Embedded77

@MakerofMyths make sure u have discord.js v11

MakerofMyths

@UsernameWitheld What is the thing to check/update it?

Embedded77

@MakerofMyths npm install or just the packages button

MakerofMyths

@UsernameWitheld
Thanks! I checked it and it said it was version 12.2.0, Is there any way for me to make it v11?

simpleIdiot

@MakerofMyths change it to "^11.6.4" or something along those lines.

rblxploit

@MakerofMyths Why would you make it v11? v12 is the newer one.

blaster202

Actually, repl.it uses node V12 now. @Helixable

Madlock

@blaster202 Still my embeds are not working

PerryLets

@simpleIdiot How? By doing npm install discord.js 11.6.4? I know this is a old thread, but I started having the problem: /home/runner/myproject/node_modules/discord.js/src/rest/RESTManager.js:32
const token = this.client.token ?? this.client.accessToken;
^

SyntaxError: Unexpected token '?'

simpleIdiot

@PerryLets Hi there, I rarely use replit now and then, so can't help that much anymore as I moved to a VPS. This was 1 year ago as well, that old is not my memoery anymore..

PerryLets

@simpleIdiot No problem, thanks either way.

NoelBryan1

My bot goes does at around 11:45 pm and never comes back up. Could anybody help?

MrMinimax

How do you acually put this into a discord server though

targetstudios

@MrMinimax in the discord developer portal go to the bot's application, then click oauth2, then click bot, then scroll down and click the permissions the bot needs, then click the copy button next to the link and paste it in your browser, then select what server u want to add the bot to and then prove u are not a robot. then the bot is in your server.

tpunn19

Do you have a code example like your python one?

TheDrone7

@tpunn19 The same link as provided at the end of my d.js bot tutorial.

tpunn19

@TheDrone7 I've gotten it to work for both the Flask and Express servers. But the Python one seems to stay online longer than the Node one. Python - 24 hours, and Node - 7 hours. Do I have to restart the repl manually, or will it come back online itself? Because it doesn't seem to do it itself.

TheDrone7

@tpunn19 there can be only 2 reasons if there bot does not come back online on its own.
1. The bot may have bugs.
2. Uptimerobot may be under maintenance.
Since the python one does stay up, my guess is there might be a bug in your bot.

tpunn19

@TheDrone7 It seems to be staying online now. thanks.

tpunn19

@TheDrone7 The issue happened again, but I think I know what is wrong. Whenever the server is refreshed, it asks for the token in the console (for security purposes). Is this why?

I think for JS I can fix this by enmapping the token, but not sure how to do this for Python.

TheDrone7

@tpunn19 what exactly do you mean by "security purposes"?

tpunn19

@TheDrone7 I don't want people injecting scripts into my bots... and Repl.it allows it to be public (since I'm not in paid version)

TheDrone7

@tpunn19 You can hide some stuff like your bot token using a .env file in which you basically have stuff in the following format: -

Repl.it hides your .env from others and doesn't let others modify your repl without having to fork it which in turn would result in loss of the .env file for the person who has forked the repl, thus making it safe even for free users.

tpunn19

@TheDrone7 Oh ok. Thanks. Will this prevent the bots from staying down?

TheDrone7

That is what this tutorial is for @tpunn19

[deleted]

if you would like to stop the bot instance you may add client.destroy() line to your code under your message section for example stop so that if you message the bot with stop it would logout (you have to wait till it shows). make sure you put condition like when id = your id otherwise everybody will be able to logout the bot

Nurutomo

Id act like a password :)