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Sopel is a simple, lightweight, open source, easy-to-use IRC Utility bot, written in Python. It's designed to be easy to use, run and extend.


Latest stable release

On most systems where you can run Python, the best way to install Sopel is to install pip and then pip install sopel.

Arch users can install the sopel package from the [community] repository, though new versions might take slightly longer to become available.

Failing both of those options, you can grab the latest tarball from GitHub and follow the steps for installing from the latest source below.

Latest source

First, either clone the repository with git clone git:// or download a tarball from GitHub.

Note: Sopel requires Python 2.7.x or Python 3.3+ to run. On Python 2.7, Sopel requires backports.ssl_match_hostname to be installed. Use pip install backports.ssl_match_hostname or yum install python-backports.ssl_match_hostname to install it, or download and install it manually from PyPI.

Note: Python 2.x is near end of life. Sopel support at that point is TBD.

In the source directory (whether cloned or from the tarball) run install. You can then run sopel to configure and start the bot. Alternately, you can just run the file in the source directory.

Database Support

Sopel leverages SQLAlchemy to support the following database types: SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL, Oracle, Firebird, and Sybase. By default Sopel will use a SQLite database in the current configuration directory, but alternative databases can be configured with the following config options: db_type, db_filename (SQLite only), db_driver, db_user, db_pass, db_host, db_port, and db_name. You will need to manually install any packages (system or pip) needed to make your chosen database work.

Adding modules

The easiest place to put new modules is in ~/.sopel/modules. Some newer modules are installable as packages; search PyPI for these. Many more modules written by other users can be found using your favorite search engine.

Some older, unmaintained modules are available in the sopel-extras repository, but of course you can also write your own. A tutorial for creating new modules is available on Sopel's website. API documentation can be found online at, or you can create a local version by running make html in the docs directory.

Further documentation

The official website includes such valuable information as a full listing of built-in commands, tutorials, API documentation, and other usage information.


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