Note: I wrote this guide a while ago so some parts of it might be outdated.
A guide on how to host your discord bot on ubuntu. Made for people like me, who cannot figure how to do this, and people who have never done anything on Ubuntu, or touched Ubuntu before.
There are many good cloud services to choose from to host your discord bot with
Of course there are more, so feel free to use them! If you want to add more to the list, thats completely fine!
Generally 1GB RAM and 25GB storage is a good plan for a bot thats on more than 200 servers, if your looking to host a private bot you might go for 512MB RAM and 20GB storage. If your hosting a music bot you might want to go further than that.
After you've chosen your plan, set your OS as Ubuntu v16.04, and choose a location, then deploy your server.
Open PuTTY (if you don't have this installed, download link above.) After you have opened putty paste the IP Adress of the server which can be easily found on your online server panel. Once you've copied the IP Adress, paste it in PuTTY
After you have donen that a warning might appear, just click yes. Once thats done, a black screen should pop up.
Here, type your username (it is probably:
root), then type your password which can be found
in the online server panel of your cloud service's website. While typing your password no text will
appear, which is what is supposed to happen. You can also paste your password in PuTTY by doing
shift insert. You can change the password later by typing
passwd. Now we are
connected to the server!
Once you are logged in to your server, you can now install things you need.
Install node.js and npm... (
shift insert to paste in PuTTY)
wget -qO- https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo bash - sudo apt-get install -y nodejs sudo apt-get install build-essential
add-apt-repository ppa:djcj/hybrid apt-get update apt-get install ffmpeg -y
After that you will have everything installed (keep PuTTY open)!
Now you need to upload your bot files to your server. To do that you will need to install FileZilla (installation can be found above.) Once you have done that, open FileZilla, and press SiteManager.
After that, a new panel should pop up, and there should be a button that says New Site... Press That!
Now you can name the site anything you want. After you have done that, you need to set some configurations.
Once you've done that, you are in! Now all we have to do is, drag your whole bot folder containing all the files, in filezilla. The files should start queueing.
Host: IP ADRESS OF SERVER Protocol: SFTP - SSH File Transfer Protocol Logon Type: Normal User: Your Server Username (most likely root) Password: Your Server Password
Once all your files have finished uploading, go back to PuTTY. Now to make your bot online 24/7 type the
screen in PuTTY and press enter. Lots of text should appear after that, just press
enter once again.
Now all you need to do is type:
cd <NAME OF THE FOLDER OF THE BOT> then type:
node index.js or whatever your main file is called. Your bot will be online 24/7 now!
If you have closed PuTTY and want to reconnect, DO NOT start a new screen, all you have
to do to reconnect is to type
screen -r. If you start another screen while there is already
a screen, your bot will respond to a command twice. If this ever happens to you just restart the server.