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The latest in a series of rewrites for devmod, a bot meant for moderation of discord servers, specifically devcord.
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A Discord bot for moderating servers.

This was originally made to moderate the DevCord Discord community, but you don't need to be a developer to use it.


Step 1 - Creating the Bot User

First, go to the Discord Developers page and create a new app. Name the app and give it a profile picture as you please. Afterwards, navigate to the "Bot" section. Click on "Add Bot" under the "Build-a-Bot" subsection. A popup will appear asking you to confirm the action. Once you confirm the action, the bot section will expand and you will be able to obtain your token under the "Token" section. This token will allow your bot to log in to Discord.

Step 2 - Inviting the Bot to your Server

Navigate to the "OAuth2" section and head to the "OAuth2 URL Generator" subsection. Under the "Scopes" section, click on "bot". A new section, titled "Bot Permissions", will appear. Select "Administrator. This will allow the bot to see all of the channels, ban users, etc. Afterwards, look at the "Scopes" section. At the bottom, there is a URL contained within a field. Copy and paste the URL into a new browser tab. A list of servers in which you have administrator permissions will appear. After choosing a server and clicking "Authorize", the bot will join the selected server.

Step 3 - Setting Up the Host Machine

Because the bot runs on node, you must have it installed on your host machine. If you are familiar with git, clone the devmod repo using git clone. Otherwise, download the repo as a zip and unpack it to any folder of your choosing. Open up the command line and cd into the folder that contains the cloned/unzipped code.

Run npm install (or yarn) to install all of the bot's dependencies and then npm install -g pm2 (or yarn global add pm2) to be able to run the bot in the background. The host machine is now configured to run the bot. All you need to do now is set up the config.

Step 4 - Configuring the bot

This part is easy. Just type in npm run prep and it will ask you some questions.

Option Default Description
BOT_TOKEN The token you got from creating the bot user.
BOT_OWNER Your Discord ID.
PREFIX . The prefix to trigger bot commands.
MSG_DELETE_TIME 20 The amount of seconds before deleting the help commands.
DB_FILE devmod.db The name of the database file for settings, warnings, and reputation.
AUTOBAN true Whether or not to automatically ban a user after hitting the maximum amount of warnings.
AUTOBAN_WARNS 3 The number warnings are needed to autoban a user.
BAN_MSG_DELETE 0 The number of days of a user's messages to delete after being banned.
CHANNEL_WARN warnings The name of the channel to log warnings.
CHANNEL_BAN bans The name of the channel to log bans.
CHANNEL_REPORT reports The name of the channel to log reports.
CHANNEL_ROLES roles The name of the channel to send and listen to reactions for roles.
CHANNEL_INFO info The name of the channel to send the info message.
CHANNEL_CRUSADE crusade The name of the channel to send notifications that the anti bot crusade has deleted a message.
ROLE_MUTED muted The name of the role to apply to muted users.
ROLE_VERIFIED verified The name of the role to apply to verified users.

Afterwards, open up src/utils/approvedRoles.js. Add role names and emojis that you would like members to be able to assign to themselves via the role command and reactions. This is case sensitive, so be sure to get it 100% accurate.

Step 5 - Running the Bot

Now that you have all of the options set up, you can run the bot. If you want to run it on your computer while keeping the command line window open, use either the command npm run start (yarn start) or npm run build (yarn build) and node ./dist/devmod.js.

If you want to run the bot in the background without needing to keep a command line window open, build it with npm run build (yarn build) and run it with the command pm2 start ./dist/devmod.js.

Now the bot is ready for use!

Just a quick note - the tags in src/utils/tags.js, the activities in src/utils/activities.js, and the roles in src/utils/approvedRoles.js may not be specific to all servers, so make sure to check those out before running the bot.

Features & Usage

This overview assumes that all config options are set to their defaults.

Warning Users

If a user has a role that allows them to kick users, they can use the warns system.

.warn <user> <reason> will send a DM to the user with their warning, send a message to the channel specified in CHANNEL_WARN, and adds the warning to the database file along with the ID of the user who issued it. If a user already has 2 warnings, they will be banned. A DM will be sent to them with the reason and it will be logged to the bans channel. Once they are banned, all of their warnings are removed from the database.

.warns <user> will list all of the warnings a user has, the reasons for these warnings, and the people who warned them.

.clearwarns <user> (or .cwarns <user>) will clear the warnings from a user.

Banning Users

If a user has a role that allows them to ban users, they can use the ban command.

.ban <user> [<days> <reason>] will ban a user for the specified reason and remove the user's messages from the specified amount of days previous.

Unbanning Users

If a user has a role that allows them to ban user, they are able to use the unban command.

.unban <user> [<reason>] will unban a user from their username.

Reporting Users

Any user can use the report command.

.report <message> will send a message into the reports channel with the message, the name of the user who sent it, and the channel that it was sent from.


Any user is able to use tags and list tags.

.tag <tag> [<user>] will call up a tag. If <user> is specified, the bot will tag the user when sending the message.

.tags will show a list of tags. This list will be deleted after 10 seconds.

Tags commands can be used in DMs.


Saying thanks @user or kudos @user will add 1 reputation to the user mentioned.

You can view a user's reputation by running .reputation <user>.

Roles System

Anyone can use the role command. It will add & remove roles that have been whitelisted in src/utils/approvedRoles.js.

.role add <role> will add the specified role.

role rm <role> will remove the specified role.

Both commands are case sensitive.

The roles will also be available to be added in the specified roles channel after running the .buildroles command.


Anyone with MANAGE_MESSAGES permission can use this command.

.prune [<amount>] will remove the specified amount of commands from the current channel. If no number is specified, the default is 5.

Stats & Users Commands

These commands can be used by all users on the server.

.stats will display stats about the user.

.users will display the number of users on the server.


This command can be used by anyone.

.lmgtfy <query> will send a link with the LMGTFY query.


Anyone can use this command.

.help will send a message with a list of commands and how to use them. The message will be deleted after 20 seconds.


Anyone can use this command.

.ping will send a message to the chat with the ping and round trip time of the bot.

Future Ideas

  • Add configuration for whether to delete warns on a ban.
  • Add usage statistics to DB.
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