How to Make a Discord Server

Easily set up a server in Discord and invite your friends

What to Know

  • Click Create a server, type in a name , and click Create. Click Invite next to contacts. Click Edit invite to change the expiration date and other settings. 
  • Set up roles: Right-click the server icon. Click Server Settings > Roles. To add a role, click the + next to Roles. Name it, edit settings, then click Save Changes.

This article explains how to start a Discord server and set up Discord server rules on Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, or online.

How to Set Up a Discord Server

The steps below show you how to set it up using a Mac, but the steps are similar for all platforms, even if button placement differs slightly from platform to platform. 

  1. If you already have servers set up and signed in, you'll find them on the far left. Below that, click +.

    If you are a brand new user of Discord, when you first open the app, you'll be taken right away to the screen shown in step 2.

    Click the + symbol on the left.
  2. Click Create a server.

    The button to create a new server on Discord.
  3. Type a name for the server, then click Create.

    How to name a server in Discord.
  4. Click Invite next to any Discord friends to invite them to the server. At the bottom, you'll find a unique Discord invitation link. If your friends are not on Discord already, you can copy that link and send it to them in a message.

    A screenshot of how to invite friends to a new Discord server.
  5. Optionally, you can click Edit invite link, and you can set a different expiration date for the link and cap the number of times people can use the link.

    If you want to change the details of the invitaiton link, you can.
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That's it! You have now created a Discord server. Before your friends start showing up and making a mess of the place, you can assign roles to different server members.

How to Make Roles in Discord

Roles in Discord are essential to make sure that you have some amount of control over your server. You can set as many types as you like. Typically, you'll find roles like Administrator, Moderator, Member, and others like that. Each has its own set of permissions for actions they're allowed and not allowed to take.

  1. To set up roles in your Discord server, right-click the icon for your server in the bar to the left.

    You can also get into settings by clicking on the icon for your server and clicking the down arrow next to your server name.

  2. Click Server Settings > Roles.

    A screenshot of the steps to take when using Roles in a Discord server.
  3. By default, all servers have one role called @everyone, which lets you assign permissions to all server members. To add a role, click the + next to Roles.

    An image of adding roles to a Discord server.
  4. Change the name under Role name. From there, you can change any permissions you'd like for the new role. Once done, click Save Changes at the bottom of the screen.

    A screenshot of adding roles to a Discord server.

    Discord will not allow you to close the new role box until you have saved your name and permissions.

You can set up multiple roles and different permissions for each one this way. The @everyone role will be the default role for new members as they join the server.

How to Assign Roles to New Users

When a new user accepts your invitation, they'll automatically be assigned the @everyone role. You can change their role right from the list of users on the right.

  1. Click the name of person whose role you want to change.

  2. Click the + under No Roles.

  3. Select the role you want to assign.

    A screenshot of adding new roles to a Discord server.

Managing Roles in Discord

You may decide at some point that you're micromanaging your users too much. You can easily delete the roles you created in Discord.

  1. Right-click the server icon on the left.

  2. Click Server Settings > Roles.

    How to use Roles in a Discord server.
  3. Click the role you want to delete and scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen. Click Delete.

    A screenshot of deleting a Lurker on a Discord server.

    You can only delete the roles that you created. You cannot remove those created by bots. If the delete button is missing, a bot likely made it.

Some Notes About Roles

There are some essential things to know about roles in Discord. Users can have multiple roles. For example, a user can be a moderator and an admin. Each one can grant different permissions depending on what you set. If a user has no assigned roles, they'll get the permissions assigned to the @everyone role.

Roles can only be manually assigned to users one user at a time. If you remove one with 900 users and then change your mind, you'll need to reassign 900 users one at a time. Bots can help with this. Some services that integrate with Discord, like Patreon, use bots to auto-assign roles to users.

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