How to make a Discord bot (Java)

__2020 / 5/19 Addendum __ Here introduces how to make the latest bot.

__ 2019/10/27 Addendum __ It seems that the Discord 4J library handled on this page has been discontinued and replaced with another library. Therefore, it is very difficult or impossible to develop a bot by this method at present. Thank you very much for reading this as a reference when developing bots. If I have time, I would like to write an article about how to develop with the new Discord 4J.

This time, I will develop a simple DiscordBot using the Discord4j library published on GitHub.

To use Bot, you need to register the app on Discord and get a token, which is introduced in the extra edition at the bottom of the page.

Procure the library

Maven repository (README quote)

  <repository> <!-- This repo fixes issues with transitive dependencies -->

Gradle (README quote)

repositories {
  jcenter() //This prevents issues with transitive dependencies
  maven {
    url  ""
dependencies {
  compile "com.github.austinv11:Discord4J:@VERSION@"

Library jar

Play with the library (API)

Log in to Discord

    public static IDiscordClient login(String token) {
        ClientBuilder clientBuilder = new ClientBuilder();
        return clientBuilder.login();

Event handling

Listener registration

To process an event, you must first register a listener. Please add the code below after logging in. Please put the instance of the class used for the listener in the argument.

In addition, this time we will introduce the registration of listeners using annotations.

client.getDispatcher().registerListener(Object listener);


public void onReady(ReadyEvent event) {
    System.out.println("The bot is ready!");

public void onMessage(MessageReceivedEvent event) throws RateLimitException, DiscordException, MissingPermissionsException {
    System.out.println(event.getAuthor().getName() + """ + event.getMessage().getContent() + "I posted.");

The onReady method will be called once the login is complete and the onMessage method will be called when the chat is posted to the channel.

You can pick up an event by adding the EventSubscriber annotation.

Information that can be obtained from MessageReceivedEvent

message.getAuthor() //IUser object of the user who posted
message.getMessage() //Posted chat IMessage object
message.getChannel() //IChannel object of the channel to which the posted bit belongs

Post a message

It is provided by the IChannel class.


Acquisition related sample

Get user name


Get message content


Subject: Make a simple bot

As this sample, I would like to make a Bot to answer if it is posted "Hello".

import sx.blah.discord.api.ClientBuilder;
import sx.blah.discord.api.IDiscordClient;
import sx.blah.discord.handle.obj.IChannel;
import sx.blah.discord.handle.obj.IMessage;
import sx.blah.discord.handle.obj.IUser;
import sx.blah.discord.util.DiscordException;
import sx.blah.discord.util.MissingPermissionsException;
import sx.blah.discord.util.RateLimitException;

public class Example {
	private static String TOKEN = "TOKEN"; //Discord Bot token
	private static IDiscordClient client;
	public static void main(String args[]) {
		Example main = new Example();
		System.out.println("Starting Bot...");
		client = new ClientBuilder().withToken(TOKEN).build();
	public void onReady(ReadyEvent event) {
		System.out.println("The bot is ready!");

	public void onMessage(MessageReceivedEvent event) throws RateLimitException, DiscordException, MissingPermissionsException {
		IMessage message = event.getMessage();
		IUser user = message.getAuthor();
		if (user.isBot()) return;

		IChannel channel = message.getChannel();
		String mes = message.getContent();

		if (mes.contains("Hello")) {
			channel.sendMessage("Hello," + user.getName() + "San!");


Extra: App registration & token acquisition

  1. Go to https: //

  2. Click New App 1.PNG

  3. Enter an appropriate name in APP NAME and click Create App 2.PNG

  4. Make a note of the tokens in the red frame (will be used later) 3.PNG

  5. Scroll a little to find this and click Create a Bot User 4.PNG

  6. After Yes, do it !, click click to reveal and make a note of the token that appears. (Check also for Public Bot) 5.PNG

  7. Replace [CLIENT_ID] in the URL below with the Client Id you wrote down in step 4 to access.[CLIENT_ID]&permissions=0&scope=bot
  1. Select the server where you want the bot to join and click the Authenticate button. 6.PNG

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