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Self-Hosting

How to self-host Friend Time.

Requirements

  1. 1.
    Node.js v16.6.0 or newer.
  2. 2.
    A MySQL or MariaDB database.

Setup

  1. 1.
    Copy example config files.
    • Navigate to the config folder of this project.
    • Copy all files ending in .example.json and remove the .example from the copied file names.
      • Ex: config.example.json should be copied and renamed as config.json.
  2. 2.
    Obtain a bot token.
  3. 3.
    Modify the config file.
    • Open the config/config.json file.
    • You'll need to edit the following values:
      • client.id - Your discord bot's user ID.
      • client.token - Your discord bot's token.
      • database.host- The ip address that your database is running on (or localhost)
      • database.database - The name of the database to use.
      • database.username - The username to use when accessing the database.
      • database.password - The password of the user accessing the database.
  4. 4.
    Install packages.
    • Navigate into the downloaded source files and type npm install.
  5. 5.
    Register commands.
    • In order to use slash commands, they first have to be registered.
    • Type npm run commands:register to register the bot's commands.
      • Run this script any time you change a command name, structure, or add/remove commands.
      • This is so Discord knows what your commands look like.
      • It may take up to an hour for command changes to appear.

Running

You can run the bot in multiple modes:
  1. 1.
    Normal Mode
    • Type npm start.
    • Starts a single instance of the bot.
  2. 2.
    Manager Mode
    • Type npm run start:manager.
    • Starts a shard manager which will spawn multiple bot shards.
  3. 3.
    PM2 Mode
    • Type npm run start:pm2.
    • Similar to Manager Mode but uses PM2 to manage processes.