Setting up NadekoBot on Linux

Setting up NadekoBot on Linux Digital Ocean Droplet

If you want Nadeko to play music for you 24/7 without having to hosting it on your PC and want to keep it cheap, reliable and convenient as possible, you can try Nadeko on Linux Digital Ocean Droplet using the link DigitalOcean (and using this link will be supporting Nadeko and will give you $10 credit)

Setting up NadekoBot

Assuming you have followed the link above to setup an account and Droplet with 64bit OS in Digital Ocean and got the IP address and root password (in email) to login, its time to get started.

Go through this whole guide before setting up Nadeko


Starting up

  • Open PuTTY.exe that you downloaded before, and paste or enter your IP address and then click Open. If you entered your Droplets IP address correctly, it should show login as: in a newly opened window.
  • Now for login as:, type root and hit enter.
  • It should then, ask for password, type the root password you have received in your email address registered with Digital Ocean, then hit Enter.

as you are running it for the first time, it will most likely to ask you to change your root password, for that, type the "password you received through email", hit Enter, enter a "new password", hit Enter and confirm that "new password" again. SAVE that new password somewhere safe, not just in your mind. After you've done that, you are ready to write commands.

NOTE: Copy the commands, and just paste them using mouse single right-click.

Creating and Inviting bot

  • Read here how to create a DiscordBot application
  • Visual Invite Guide (Note: Client ID is your Bot ID)
  • Copy your Client ID from your applications page.
  • Replace the 12345678 in this link:
    with your Client ID
  • The link should now look like this:
  • Go to the newly created link and pick the server we created, and click Authorize
  • The bot should have been added to your server.

Getting NadekoBot

Part I - Downloading the installer

Use the following command to get and run
(Remember Do Not rename the file

cd ~ && wget -N && bash

You should see these following options after using the above command:

1. Download Dev Build (Latest)
2. Download Stable Build
3. Run Nadeko (Normally)
4. Run Nadeko with Auto Restart (Run Nadeko normally before using this.)
5. Auto-Install Prerequisites (for Ubuntu, Debian and CentOS)
6. Set up credentials.json (if you have downloaded the bot already)
7. To exit
Part II - Downloading Nadekobot prerequisites

If you are running NadekoBot for the first time on your system and never had any prerequisites installed and have Ubuntu, Debian or CentOS, Press 5 and enter key, then y when you see the following:

Welcome to NadekoBot Auto Prerequisites Installer.
Would you like to continue?

That will install all the prerequisites your system need to run NadekoBot.

(Optional) If you want to install it manually, you can try finding it here

Once prerequisites finish installing,

Part III - Installing Nadeko

Choose either 1 to get the most updated build of NadekoBot or 2 to get the previously stable build of NadekoBot and then press enter key.

Once Installation is completed you should see the options again.

Next, check out:

Part IV - Setting up credentials

You will need the following for the next step: botimg

Once you have acquired them, press 6 to Set up credentials.json

You will be asked to enter the required informations, just follow the on-screen instructions and enter the required information.
i.e If you are asked Bot's Token, then just copy and paste or type the Bot's Token and press enter key.

(If you want to skip any optional infos, just press enter key without typing/pasting anything.)
Once done,

Part V - Checking if Nadeko is working

You should see the options again.
Next, press 3 to Run Nadeko (Normally). Check in your discord server if your new bot is working properly.

Part VI - Running Nadeko on tmux

If your bot is working properly in your server, type .die to shut down the bot, then press 7 to exit. Next, Run your bot again with tmux.

Check this when you need to restart your NadekoBot anytime later along with tmux session.

Running NadekoBot

Create a new Session:

  • tmux new -s nadeko

The above command will create a new session named nadeko (you can replace “nadeko” with anything you prefer and remember its your session name) so you can run the bot in background without having to keep the PuTTY running.

Next, we need to run in order to get the latest running scripts with patches:

  • cd ~ && bash

From the options,

Choose 3 to Run NadekoBot normally.
NOTE: With option 3 (Running Normally), if you use .die command in discord. The bot will shut down and will stay offline until you manually run it again. (best if you want to check the bot.)

Choose 4 to Run NadekoBot with Auto Restart.
It will show you more options:

1. Run Auto Restart normally without Updating.
2. Auto Restart and Update with Dev Build (latest)
3. Auto Restart and Update with Stable Build
4. Exit

NOTE: With option 4 (Running with Auto Restart), bot will auto run if you use .die command making the command .die to function as restart.

See how that happens:


Remember that, while running with Auto Restart, you will need to close the tmux session to stop the bot completely.

Now check your Discord, the bot should be online

Next to move the bot to background and to do that, press CTRL+B, release, D (that will detach the nadeko session using TMUX) and you can finally close PuTTY if you want.

Restarting Nadeko

Restarting NadekoBot:

If you have chosen option 4 to Run Nadeko with Auto Restart from Nadeko's (you got it from this step)
You can simply type .die in the server you have your NadekoBot to make her restart.

Restarting Nadeko with the Server:

Open PuTTY and login as you have before, type reboot and hit Enter.

Restarting Manually:

  • Kill your previous session, check with tmux ls
  • tmux kill-session -t nadeko (don't forget to replace "nadeko" to what ever you named your bot's session)
  • Run the bot again.

Updating Nadeko

  • Connect to the terminal through PuTTY.
  • tmux kill-session -t nadeko (don't forget to replace nadeko in the command with the name of your bot's session)
  • Make sure the bot is not running.
  • tmux new -s nadeko (nadeko is the name of the session)
  • cd ~ && bash
  • Choose either 1 or 2 to update the bot with latest build or stable build respectively.
  • Choose either 3 or 4 to run the bot again with normally or auto restart respectively.
  • Done. You can close PuTTY now.

Setting up Music

To set up Nadeko for music and Google API Keys, follow Setting up NadekoBot for Music

Once done, go back to PuTTY

Some more Info

Info about tmux
  • If you want to see the sessions after logging back again, type tmux ls, and that will give you the list of sessions running.
  • If you want to switch to/ see that session, type tmux a -t nadeko (nadeko is the name of the session we created before so, replace “nadeko” with the session name you created.)
  • If you want to kill NadekoBot session, type tmux kill-session -t nadeko

Guide for Advance Users (Optional)

Skip this step if you are a Regular User or New to Linux.


Setting up SFTP

  • Open WinSCP
  • Click on New Site (top-left corner).
  • On the right-hand side, you should see File Protocol above a drop-down selection menu.
  • Select SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) if its not already selected.
  • Now, in Host name: paste or type in your Digital Ocean Droplets IP address and leave Port: 22 (no need to change it).
  • In Username: type root
  • In Password: type the new root password (you changed at the start)
  • Click on Login, it should connect.
  • It should show you the NadekoBot folder which was created by git earlier on the right-hand side window.
  • Open that folder, then open the src folder, followed by another NadekoBot folder and you should see credentials.json there.

Setting up credentials.json

  • Copy the credentials.json to desktop
  • EDIT it as it is guided here: Setting up credentials.json
  • Paste/put it back in the folder once done. (Using WinSCP)
  • If you already have Nadeko 1.0 setup and have credentials.json and NadekoBot.db, you can just copy and paste the credentials.json to NadekoBot/src/NadekoBot and NadekoBot.db to NadekoBot/src/NadekoBot/bin/Release/netcoreapp1.0/data using WinSCP.
  • If you have Nadeko 0.9x follow the Upgrading Guide