Welcome to BOTD, the 24/7 channel daemon ! see https://pypi.org/project/botd/

BOTD can serve as a 24/7 background daaemon in an IRC channel, it can work as a UDP to IRC relay, has user management to limit access to prefered users and can run as a service to let it restart after reboots. BOT is has no copyright, no LICENSE and is placed in the Public Domain. This makes BOTD truely free (pastable) code you can use how you see fit,


you can download with pip3 and install globally:

$ sudo pip3 install botd

You can download the tarball from https://pypi.org/project/botd/#files

if you want to develop on the botd clone the source at bitbucket.org:

$ git clone https://bitbucket.org/bthate/botd


BOTD has it’s own CLI, you can run it by giving the botd command on the prompt, it will return with no response:

$ botd

you can use botd <cmd> to run a command directly:

$ botd cmds

configuration is done with the cfg command:

$ botd cfg
channel=#botlib nick=botd port=6667 realname=botd server=localhost username=botd

you can use setters to edit fields in a configuration:

$ botd cfg server=irc.freenode.net channel=\#dunkbots nick=botd
channel=#dunkbots nick=botje port=6667 realname=botlib server=irc.freenode.net

to start a irc server with the cmd and opr modules loaded and a console running:

$ botd mods=irc,csl,cmd,opr
> ps
0 0s       Console.input
1 0s       IRC.handler
2 0s       IRC.input
3 0s       IRC.output
4 0s       Kernel.handler

to run a pure UDP to IRC relay, run the bot with irc,udp modules loaded

$ botd mods=irc,udp

use the udp command to send text via the bot to the channel on the irc server:

$ tail -f /var/log/syslog | botd udp

to send a udp packet to the bot:

import socket

def toudp(host=localhost, port=5500, txt=""):
    sock = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_DGRAM)
    sock.sendto(bytes(txt.strip(), "utf-8"), host, port)


you can use the mods= setter to set the modules to load:

$ botd mods=csl,cmd,opr
> cmd

BOTD has the following modules:

clk             - clock/repeater
cmd             - commands
csl             - console
dbs             - database
err             - errors
flt             - list of bots
hdl             - handler
irc             - internet relay chat
isp             - introspect
krn             - core handler
obj             - base classes
opr             - opers
mbx             - email
prs             - parse
spc             - specifications
thr             - threads
tms             - time
trc             - trace
udp             - udp to channel
usr             - users
utl             - utilities

you can add you own modules to the botd package, its a namespace package.


if you want to run the bot 24/7 you can install BOTLIB as a service for the systemd daemon. You can do this by copying the following into the /etc/systemd/system/botd.service file:

Description=BOTD - the 24/7 channel daemon

ExecStart=/usr/local/bin/botd mods=irc,udp


then add the botd service with:

$ sudo systemctl enable botd
$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload

to configure the bot use the cfg (config) command (see above). use sudo for the system daemon and without sudo if you want to run the bot locally. then restart the botd service.

$ sudo service botd stop
$ sudo service botd start

if you don’t want botd to startup at boot, remove the service file:

$ sudo rm /etc/systemd/system/botd.service

BOTD detects whether it is run as root or as a user. if it’s root it will use the /var/lib/botd/ directory and if it’s user it will use ~/.botd


contact me on IRC/freenode/#dunkbots or email me at bthate@dds.nl

botfather on #dunkbots irc.freenode.net