Sample GroupMe NodeJS Callback Bot
This project shows the capability of a bot to react to messages sent within a group.
- Quickly get our sample bot up and running in your groups
- Deploy the code to heroku
- Create a bot
- Configure to your bot's credentials
- Make changes to the bot
- Pull the code down to your local machine
- Configure the local environment variables to your bot's credentials
- GroupMe account
- Heroku account
- Heroku Toolbelt
Deploy to Heroku:
Be sure to log into heroku, using your heroku credentials, then click the link below.
You should be taken to a page that looks like this:
Optionally, you can give your app a name, or instead leave it blank and let Heroku name it for you (you can change it later).
Next, create a GroupMe Bot:
Use your GroupMe credentials to log into the developer site.
Once you have successfully logged in, go to https://dev.groupme.com/bots/new
Fill out the form to create your new bot:
- Select the group where you want the bot to live
- Give your bot a name
- Paste in the url to your newly deply heroku app
- (Optional) Give your bot an avatar by providing a url to an image
- Click submit
Go here to view all of your bots: https://dev.groupme.com/bots
Click on the one you just created.
On your Bot's page, copy the Bot ID
Add your Bot ID to your Heroku app:
Go here to see all of your Heroku apps and select the one you just created before:
On your app page, click settings in the top navigation:
On your app's setting page, find the Config Vars section and click the Reveal Config Vars button:
Then click edit:
Fill out the form to add an environment variable to your app:
- In the "key" field type: BOT_ID
- In the "value" field paste your Bot ID that you copied in the previous steps
- Click the save button
Now go test your bot!
Go to GroupMe and type "/cool guy" in the group where your bot lives to see it in action.
Pull the code to your local machine
Within terminal, change directory to the location where you would like the files to live, then run this command:
$ heroku git:clone -a YOUR_APP_NAME_HERE
And then change directory into the new folder
$ cd YOUR_APP_NAME_HERE
Configure your local BOT_ID environment variable
Open the file
.env from your local files in your text editor of choice.
Find where it says "YOUR_BOT_ID_HERE" and replace it with the ID of your new bot.
If you don't know what your Bot ID is, please refer back to this section, where it is explained how to retrieve it.
If your Bot ID is 12345678910, then:
Start the server
To test your bot locally, open terminal and run the following command to start a local server.
$ foreman start
Then navigate to
http://127.0.0.1:5000/ in a browser.