Discord is a popular VoIP platform used all over the world. Discord allows a user to communicate with others via instant messaging, voice calls, and video calls. It is an all-in-one platform that allows people to engage in public and private communities. Creating and managing communities is a piece of cake. Discord provides all the tools and functionalities needed to manage extensively large communities. The community servers can be managed and moderated manually or you can make use of a Discord bot. The advantage of using a Discord bot is that it will moderate your servers 24/7. However, to create a Discord Bot you will need a Discord Token.
A Discord Bot is quite useful when it comes to managing and moderating servers. It saves you a lot of time. Discord Bots can also be programmed to provide new quintessential functionalities in the server. As a matter of fact, there are already hundreds of functioning Discord bots in the Discord library. You can browse through these bots and take inspiration from them to create similar but slightly modified functionalities in your Discord bot. Once you have created a Discord bot, you need to generate a Discord Bot Token to bring your bot to life.
You’re confused about how to generate a Discord Bot Token? I will walk you through the process step by step. In this article, I will be explaining in detail how you can get a Discord Bot Token. Without a token, you will not be able to deploy your bot in Discord community servers. The bot token is required to make your bot function in servers.
What is Discord Bot Token?
A Discord Bot needs access to the Discord API to perform its programmed functions. The Discord Bot Token is a short phrase comprised of random letters and numbers. This token is sort of a “key” that is used to control a Discord Bot.
The Discord Bot Token is used to send commands back and forth to the Discord API. After getting a response from the API, the bot will perform pre-programmed actions. If you have access to the bot token, you can control the actions performed by a bot. The process of generating a Discord Bot Token is quite easy. However, if you have never created a bot token before, it might take time for you to figure things out.
How to Get a Discord Bot Token?
As mentioned in the earlier section, a bot token will allow you to communicate with your bot. This in turn gives you the ability to control the bot’s actions. Now that you understand what a Bot Token does, it’s time to get to the juicy part. In this section, I will be showing you how to create a Discord Bot Token. I have penned down a detailed guide which has been split into two sections. Follow the steps given in the guide to generate your Discord Bot Token in the least time possible.
1. Create A Bot
To generate a bot token, you first need to create a Discord bot. It is considerably easy to create a bot. Follow the steps given below to create a bot:
- First, head over to the Discord Developer Portal located at the following URL: https://discord.com/developers/applications/
- On the Discord Developer Portal, you will be able to see all your Discord applications and bots.
- In case you have already created a bot, select it from the list.
- Else, click on the New Application button located at the top-left position to create a new bot.
- A new window will pop up. Enter a name for your Bot and click on Create.
- You will be shortly redirected to the bot’s dashboard.
- On the dashboard, you will have the ability to change your bot’s display icon, bot description, and various other things.
- Now to finally bring your bot to life, you need to create a Bot User. To do that, navigate to the Bot tab under the Settings menu.
- Next, under the Build-A-Bot settings, click on Add Bot to bring your bot to life.
- A confirmation screen will pop up. Click on Yes, do it! to proceed.
- After successfully deploying your bot, you will see a similar screen on your dashboard.
and now we have completed creating a bot. All there is left to do is fetch our Discord Bot Token so that we can deploy the bot in our preferred personal servers.
2. Fetch Your Discord Bot’s Token
A bot token should be kept private. The purpose of this practice is to ensure that no one else is able to control your bot. A bot token is supposed to be a secret to guarantee that random people are not able to control your bot.
Fetching your Discord Bot Token is extremely easy. After you have completed the Build-A-Bot process, you can fetch your bot token from the Developer Dashboard.
To fetch your Bot Token, go to the Discord Developer Dashboard. In the dashboard, click on the application or bot for which you want to fetch a token. Next, click on the Bot tab under the Settings menu. You will be redirected to your Bot settings page where you can manage bot permissions, authorization flow, and control flow. Under the Build-A-Bot setting, use the “Click to Reveal Token” button located under your bot username.
After clicking on the button, your Discord bot token will be revealed to you. The bot token will be an alpha-numeric phrase. Now, click on the Copy button and paste the token in the config.json file related to the Discord bot. The token should be kept private to ensure that only you can control your bot.
Adding a Bot to Your Server
Now that you created a Bot and generated a Bot Token, it is time to add your bot to a server. By adding a bot to a server, you will be able to test the functions and responses of the bot. It is a good way to test the functions of your bot before deploying it in a server that has a huge number of members.
I have mentioned the process to add your bot to a server below. Follow the steps given below in a chronological manner to avoid running into any issues.
- Head over to the Discord Developer Dashboard located at the following URL: https://discord.com/developers/
- Under the My Applications tab, select the Bot that you want to add to a server.
- Navigate to the OAuth2 tab under the Settings menu.
- Now, scroll down till you locate the OAuth2 URL Generator setting.
- Under the scopes tab, click on the bot checkbox. As soon as you click on the checkbox, you will notice that a URL has been generated to add the bot to your server.
- Before we add a bot to the server, we first need to customize the permissions given to the bot.
- Scroll down a bit until you find the Bot Permissions setting.
- Depending on the type of bot you are building, select the Permissions that will be needed by the bot. The permissions given to a bot will determine what the bot can or cannot do.
- After selecting the required permissions, scroll up and locate the auto-generated URL.
- Click on the Copy button next to the URL. Navigate to this URL to add the bot to your server.
- After opening the URL, you have to select a server where you want to deploy the bot.
- On the next screen, you will be asked to review the permissions that the bot required. Click on Authorize.
- Solve the captcha to prove that you are not a robot. After solving the captcha, will see a similar screen.
And that’s it! In a few simple steps, you have added a Discord Bot to your server. Now start testing the functions of the bot. Program new features that will help you in moderating and managing your own community. It goes without saying that you should keep your bot token private. If you think that your bot token has been compromised, head over to the Developer Dashboard to regenerate your bot token.
Discord Bot Features
Discord Bots are used extensively in public and private communities. The bots perform a wide range of actions that help in managing a server. There are a variety of bots available on the Discord library. There are plenty of bots that have been created for entertainment purposes, informational purposes, and management purposes. Few servers have bots solely for entertainment purposes to keep the community engaged. Let’s get to know the features of a Discord Bot:
- Exclusive functions depending on the server.
- Used for Entertainment, Infotainment & Moderation.
- Works 24/7 in a Discord Server.
- Automatically mutes/bans users found violating server rules.
- Maximizes the Productivity of a Server.
- Increases User Engagement in a Server.
By adding various bots to your server, you can get rid of the burden of administrative tasks such as moderation and sending notifications. Be smart and use a bot to save your precious time.
I hope you now know how to create a bot token. If you have any queries let us know in the comments below!