Thanks to @Flatbread and @Mirai for making this guide

Setting Up NadekoBot on Windows


  • 1) .NET Core SDK
  • 2) Git
  • 3) Google Account
  • 4) Soundcloud Account (if you want soundcloud support)
  • 5) 7zip (or whatever you are using, WinRar)
  • 6) Notepad++
  • 7) Windows 8 or later


  • Make sure you have installed both Git and the .NET Core SDK.
  • Create a new folder anywhere you like and name it Nadeko.
  • Next, Right-Click on this link and select Save link as and save the file NadekoInstaller.bat inside the Nadeko folder that we created earlier. (Please DO NOT rename the file NadekoInstaller.bat.)
  • Once that's done, right-click on NadekoInstaller.bat to run it as Administrator.
  • From the options,
    • Choose 1 to get the most recent build.
    • Choose 2 to get the stable build.
  • Wait a while for the file to finish installing, it'll display it's progress in the command prompt.
  • You should now have a new folder named NadekoBot inside the Nadeko folder we previously created.
  • Once Installation is completed, press any key to close the command prompt. img1

Creating DiscordBot application

  • Go to the Discord developer application page.
  • Log in with your Discord account.
  • On the left side, press New Application.
  • Fill out the App Name (your bot's name, in this case), put the image you want, and add an app description(optional).
  • Create the application.
  • Click on Create a Bot User and confirm that you do want to add a bot to this app.
  • Keep this window open for now. img2

Setting up credentials.json file

  • In our NadekoBot folder you should see a src folder, then another NadekoBot folder, in this final folder, you should see a .json file named credentials.json. (Note: If you do not see a .json after credentials.json, do not add the .json. You most likely have "Hide file extensions" enabled.)
  • If you mess up the setup of credentials.json, rename credentials_example.json to credentials.json.
  • Open the file with Notepad++.
  • In there you will see fields such as Token, ClientId, BotId and OwnerIDs.
  • In your applications page (the window you were asked to keep open earlier), under the Bot User section, you will see Token:click to reveal, click to reveal the token.
  • Copy your bot's token, and on the "Token" line of your credentials.json, paste your bot token between the quotation marks.
  • Copy the Client ID on the page and replace the 12312123 part of the ClientId line with it.
  • Again, copy the same Client ID and replace the null part of the BotId line with it.
  • Go to a server on discord and attempt to mention yourself, but put a backslash at the start like shown below
  • So the message \@fearnlj01#3535 will appears as <@145521851676884992> after you send the message (to make it slightly easier, add the backslash after you type the mention out)
  • The message will appear as a mention if done correctly, copy the numbers from the message you sent (145521851676884992) and replace the ID (By default, the ID is 105635576866156544) on the OwnerIds section with your user ID shown earlier.
  • Save credentials.json (make sure you aren't saving it as credentials.json.txt)
  • If done correctly, you are now the bot owner. You can add multiple owners by seperating each owner ID with a comma within the square brackets. img3

Inviting your bot to your server

  • Invite Guide
  • 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:**YOUR_CLENT_ID_HERE**&scope=bot&permissions=66186303.
  • Go to the newly created link and pick the server we created, and click Authorize.
  • The bot should have been added to your server. img4

Starting the bot

  • Go to the Nadeko folder that we have created earlier, and run the NadekoInstaller.bat file as Administrator.
  • From the options,
    • Choose 3 to run the bot normally.
      (with normal-run the bot will shutdown and will stay offline if it disconnects by the use of .die command until you manually run it again. Useful if you want to test the bot.)
    • Choose 4 to run the bot with auto restart.
      (with auto restart the bot will restart itself if it disconnects by the use of .die command. Useful if you want to have restart function for any reason.)

Updating NadekoBot

  • Make sure the bot is closed and is not running (Run .die in a connected server to ensure it's not running).
  • Once that's checked, go to the Nadeko folder.
  • Run the NadekoInstaller.bat file.
  • From the options,
    • Choose 1 to get the most recent build.
    • Choose 2 to get the stable build.
  • Follow the messages and press any key to continue.
  • Wait for it to finish.
  • Press any key to close the window when it shows Installation complete.
  • Start the bot again.
  • You've updated and are running again, easy as that!

Setting Up NadekoBot For Music

In order to have a functioning music module, you need to install ffmpeg and setup api keys.

Setting up ffmpeg using NadekoBot Client!

  • Go to the Nadeko folder that we have created earlier, and run the NadekoInstaller.bat file as Administrator.
  • From the options select 6 Install ffmpeg (for music)
  • Next, Press Any Key if you are running as Administrator or just close and relaunch it as Administrator using mouse right-click.
  • Wait for it to finish installing and backing up existing.
  • Once done, you should see "ffmpeg Installation complete!".
  • Next, Press Any Key to go back to NadekoBot Client.
  • Press 3 to run the bot normally just to test music. (optional)
  • ffmpeg installation for Music is now complete.

Manual ffmpeg setup

  • Create a folder named ffmpeg in your main Windows directory. We will use C:\ffmpeg (for our guide)
  • Download FFMPEG through the link (download static build)
  • EXTRACT it using 7zip and place the FOLDER ffmpeg-xxxxx-git-xxxxx-xxxx-static inside C:\ffmpeg
  • Before proceeding, check out this gif to set up ffmpeg PATH correctly LINK TO gif (thanks to PooPeePants#7135)
  • Go to My Computer, right click and select Properties. On the left tab, select Advanced System Settings. Under the Advanced tab, select Environmental Variables near the bottom. One of the variables should be called "Path". Add a semi-colon (;) to the end followed by your FFMPEG's bin install location (for example C:\ffmpeg\ffmpeg-xxxxx-git-xxxxx-xxxx-static\bin). Save and close.
  • Setup your API keys as explained above.
  • Restart your computer

Api keys setup

  • Follow these steps on how to setup Google API keys:
    • Go to Google Console and log in.
    • Create a new project (name does not matter). Once the project is created, go into "Enable and manage APIs."
    • Under the "Other Popular APIs" section, enable URL Shortener API and Custom Search API. Under the YouTube APIs section, enable YouTube Data API.
    • Under the "Google Maps APIs" section, enable Google Maps Geocoding API and Google Maps Time Zone API.
    • On the left tab, access Credentials. Click Create Credentials button. Click on API Key. A new window will appear with your Google API key.
    • Copy the key.
    • Open up credentials.json.
    • For "GoogleAPIKey", paste your API key inbetween the quotation marks, like how the Token and ClientId should be set up.
  • Follow these steps on how to setup Soundcloud API key:
    • Go to Soundcloud.
    • Enter a name for the app and create it.
    • You will need to fill out an application form to request access to the Soundcloud API.
    • All requests for an API key must go through the review process, where applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, in line with Soundcloud API Terms of Use. If your application is successful, you will receive an API key.
  • Restart your computer