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Deploy a Node.js Discord Bot to Production in 5 Minutes

Deploy a Node.js Discord Bot and learn how to host backend code on Code Capsules.
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Set up

Code Capsules connects to GitHub repositories to deploy applications. To follow this guide, you’ll need a Code Capsules account and a GitHub account.

To demonstrate how to deploy a Node.js Discord Bot with Code Capsules, we’ve provided an example bot, which you can find on the Code Capsules GitHub repository.

Sign in to GitHub, and fork the example bot repository by clicking “Fork” at the top-right of your screen and selecting your GitHub account as the destination.

Register the Bot

You’ll need a Discord user account before you can create a Discord bot. Head over to Discord and create an account if you don’t already have one.

When you’ve signed in to Discord, follow the steps below:

  • Click on the “+” icon in the left toolbar to create a server to contain your channels.

plus icon

  • Navigate to the Application Page.
  • Click on the “New Application” button.
  • Give the application a name and click “Create”.
  • Go to the “Bot” tab and click “Add Bot”. Confirm your decision by clicking, “Yes, do it!”

add bot

  • Click the “Copy” button under the “TOKEN” section to copy your bot’s token.

token

  • Go to the “OAuth2/URL Generator” tab and select the “bot” option under the “Scopes” section.

bot option

  • Select all the text permission options under the “Bot Permissions” section.

text permissions

  • Click the “Copy” button under the, “Generated URL” section

url

  • Paste the URL you copied in the previous step in another browser tab and add the bot to the server you created in the first step. Click “Continue” to confirm your changes.

After actioning these steps, your bot will now have access to all the channels in the server you added it to.

Create a Space for your App

Log in to your Code Capsules account and navigate to the “Spaces” tab. Once there, click the yellow + icon on the top right of the screen to add a new Space.

Follow the prompts, choosing your region and giving your Space a name, then click “Create Space”.

space name

Example instructions to go with numbered annotations, 1. Choose a team — you can use a default “personal” team if you’re the only person working on this project, or a named team if you’re collaborating with others 2. This should remind you of the project, for example “customer-api” or “notetaking-app” 3. Choose a country close to where most of your users will be 4. If you’re already using a specific cloud, you can choose that here, otherwise pick anyone.

Create the Capsule

Capsule provides the server for hosting an application on Code Capsules.

To create a new Capsule for your space, follow the instructions below:

  1. Choose “Backend Capsule”, your Team and Space.
  2. Choose your payment plan.
  3. Click the GitHub button and provide access to the repository you forked at the start of the tutorial.
  4. Choose the GitHub repository you forked.
  5. Press “Next”.
  6. Leave “Run Command” blank.
  7. Click “Create Capsule”.

Code Capsules will automatically build your application when you’ve finished creating the Capsule.

Once your application is live, you can view the build log by selecting the “Deploy” tab and clicking the “View build log” link in the “Builds” section.

backend capsule build logs

Add a TOKEN Environment Variable

Once the build is complete, you have to add a TOKEN environment variable on the “Config” tab under the “Environment Variables” section. Assign it the value of the token you copied in step 6 of the Register the Bot section above.

token env var

Confirm your changes by clicking on “Save”, then restart your Capsule by toggling the radio button in the top right off and on again.

Chat with the Bot

The bot will be able to respond to messages after Code Capsules finishes building it. When this is done, you can send messages in the general channel of your Discord server and the bot will echo them.

If you’d like to deploy another application in a different language or framework, take a look at our other deployment guides.

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