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CloudBot is a Python IRC bot very heavily based on Skybot by rmmh.


  • Easy to use wrapper
  • Intuitive configuration
  • Fully controlled from IRC
  • Fully compatable with existing skybot plugins
  • Easily extendable
    • Thorough documentation
    • Cross-platform
  • Muti-threaded, efficient
    • Automatic reloading
    • Little boilerplate


Get CloudBot at

Unzip the resulting file, and continue to read this document.


Before you can run the bot, you need to install a few Python modules. These are lXML, BeautifulSoup, MyGengo, and HTTPlib2. These can be installed with PIP (The Python package manager):

sudo pip install lxml

sudo pip install beautifulsoup

sudo pip install mygengo

sudo pip install httplib2

On Debian based systems, you can get pip with

sudo apt-get install pip

For .spell to work, we also need a library called Enchant. On Debian based systems, install it with:

sudo apt-get install python-enchant

In addition, for .whois to work optimally, you must have whois installed. Again, on Debian based systems, install it with:

sudo apt-get install whois

For the wrapper to work best, install screen, or daemon:

sudo apt-get install screen

sudo apt-get install daemon

If you are a user of another Linux disto, use your package manager to install the dependencies, or, for other operating systems, use Google to locate source packages you can install.

Once you have installed the required dependencies, run the bot☩:

./cloudbot start

It will generate a default config for you. Once you have edited the config, run it again with:

./cloudbot start

and it will connect to any server(s) you have added to the config. (Config docs at the wiki)


To configure your CloudBot, visit the Config Wiki Page.

To write your own plugins, visit the Plugin Wiki Page.

More at the Wiki Main Page.


The developers reside in [#CloudBot](irc:// "Connect via IRC to #CloudBot on on EsperNet and would be glad to help you.

If you think you have found a bug/have a idea/suggestion, please open a issue here on Github.

Example CloudBots

The developers of CloudBot run two CloudBots on Espernet.

They can both be found in [#CloudBot](irc:// "Connect via IRC to #CloudBot on

mau5bot is the stable bot, and runs on the latest release version of CloudBot. (mau5bot is running on Ubuntu Server Oneric Ocelot/11.10 with Python 2.7.2)

neerbot is the unstable bot, and runs on the latest development☩☩ version of CloudBot. (neerbot is running on Debian Wheezy/Testing with Python 2.7.2)


CloudBot runs on Python 2.7.x. It is developed on Debian Wheezy/Testing with Python 2.7.2.

It requires Python modules lXML, BeautifulSoup, Enchant, MyGengo, and HTTPlib2.

The programs screen or daemon are recomended for the wrapper to run optimaly.

Windows users: Windows compatibility with the wrapper and some plugins is broken (such as the ping), but we do intend to add it.☩☩☩


CloudBot is licensed under the GPL v3 license. The terms are as follows.


Copyright © 2011 Luke Rogers <> - <>

CloudBot is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.

CloudBot is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with CloudBot.  If not, see <>.

☩ if you prefer to run the bot with a custom backend/run it manually, or are on Windows, run the bot with ./

☩☩ or whatever version neersighted is currently hacking on

☩☩☩ eventually

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