How to Add Discord Bots

Bots bring new features to your Discord server

The number of Discord bots available for download continues to grow due to an active developer community. If you know how to add bots to Discord, there's a wide array of functionality you can take advantage of, from bots that play music to bots that facilitate donations.

How to Add Bots to Discord

Before you can add bots, you must create a Discord server. If you plan to add a bot to a server that's not yours, confirm that you've been granted permission to manage the server. These permissions are automatically in place for any server that you create.

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to DiscordBots.org.

    discordbots.org
  2. Search for bots by keyword or browse the options available. Select View to learn more about a bot and add it to a server.

    View

    The Certified Featured Bots section contains listings that DiscordBots.org validated and guarantees their stability, stating they'll function as expected 24/7.

  3. Select Invite to add it to a server. Discord launches automatically, and you may be prompted to enter your Discord username and password.

    Invite button
  4. Choose Select a server in the Connect to Discord interface.

    Select a server
  5. Choose the name of the server where you wish to add the bot in the drop-down menu.

    Choose server name
  6. Scroll down to the Allow the following permissions section and make sure all the boxes contain check marks.

    Allow the following permissions

    You can deny a certain set of permissions by removing its check mark, but that will likely cause the bot to malfunction in certain instances.

  7. Select Authorize.

    Authorize button
  8. Select the I'm not a robot check box.

    I'm not a robot box
  9. A message appears confirming the bot is authorized and added to your server. Close the browser tab or window to complete the process.

    screenshot of Discord bot authorization screen

Other Discord Bot Websites

DiscordBots.com org isn't the only place where you can add bots to your server. Other bot websites you can use include:

  • Bots on Discord: Useful tags and monthly staff picks make it easy to peruse some of the best options.
  • Carbonitex: This site's interface is a bit different from its competitors. Still, it provides access to a large number of feature-rich server additions.
  • Discord Bots: This easy-to-navigate repository is worth browsing if you're in the market for some new additions to your server.

As with any unregulated software, use caution when selecting a bot provider. Scan all downloads with antivirus software before opening them. High-trafficked sites with a significant amount of reviews and user feedback are typically more reputable than some of their lesser-known counterparts.

Adding Your Own Discord Bots to a Server

It's also possible to create your own Discord bots and add them to a server in lieu of those developed by a third-party. This gives you the freedom to customize them using JavaScript code and server-designated permissions. For example, you can set up an automated moderator bot that automatically bans problem users.

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