How to Create a Simple Discord Bot using Python
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How to Create a Simple Discord Bot using Python

How to Create a Simple Discord Bot using Python

This will be a short guide on creating a simple Discord bot using Python.

Initial Setup

We will need to install a few things and setup our workspace before we get started.

Install Python

The first ting we will need is Python, you can download the latest version from or using your package manager on Linux.

Make sure to select Add Python to PATH when installing on Windows.

Python Setup Window
Python Setup Window

Setup Workspace


After installing python we can use pip to install Use one of the following commands depending on your OS and voice support.


py -3 -m pip install -U
py -3 -m pip install -U[voice]


python3 -m pip install -U
python3 -m pip install -U[voice]

On Linux you will need these dependencies for voice. You can use this command for Debian based systems. You can usually just install these with your package manager.

apt install libffi-dev libnacl-dev python3-dev

Create Bot Application

Next you will create a new application and bot account on the Discord Application Development Page.

Create a new application then in the application menu click Bot and then Add a new Bot account.

Application Settings Menu
Application Settings Menu

Once the bot account is created you will need to select the intents your Bot will need, you can change these later. But for your bot to respond to messages you should enable the Message Content Intent.

Bot Settings Page
Bot Settings Page

Finally copy the bot token. You will need this to run your bot.

Add Bot to Server

In the application settings menu click on OAuth2 then URL Generator.

OAuth2 Settings
OAuth2 Settings

Under Scopes select Bot and copy the URL into your browser. You should get a popup allowing you to add your bot to your server.

URL Generator
URL Generator

Create a Simple Bot

Basic Template

This is a starter template from the Docs. Fill in your bot token and then run the file to start your bot.

import discord

class MyClient(discord.Client):
    async def on_ready(self):
        print(f'Logged on as {self.user}!')

    async def on_message(self, message):
        print(f'Message from {}: {message.content}')

intents = discord.Intents.default()
intents.message_content = True

client = MyClient(intents=intents)'TOKEN HERE')

You should have your bot online now.