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Errbot is a chatbot, a daemon that connects to your favorite chat service and bring your tools and some fun into the conversation.

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Errbot is a chatbot. It allows you to start scripts interactively from your chatrooms for any reason: random humour, chatops, starting a build, monitoring commits, triggering alerts...

It is written and easily extensible in Python.

Errbot is available as open-source software and released under the GPL v3 license.


Chat servers support ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


  • IRC support
  • Hipchat support 
  • Slack support 
  • Telegram support 
  • XMPP support 

With add-ons

  • CampFire 
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  • Cisco Spark 
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  • Discord 
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  • Gitter support 
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  • Mattermost 
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  • RocketChat 
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Administration ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

After the initial installation and security setup, Errbot can be administered by just chatting to the bot (chatops).

  • install/uninstall/update/enable/disable private or public plugins hosted on git
  • plugins can be configured from chat
  • direct the bot to join/leave Multi User Chatrooms (MUC)
  • Security: ACL control feature (admin/user rights per command)
  • backup: an integrated command !backup creates a full export of persisted data.
  • logs: can be inspected from chat or streamed to Sentry.

Developer features ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  • Very easy to extend in Python! (see below)
  • Presetup storage for every plugin i.e.
    self['foo'] = 'bar'
    persists the value.
  • Conversation flows to track conversation states from users.
  • Webhook callbacks support
  • supports
    markdown extras 
    _ formatting with tables, embedded images, links etc.
  • configuration helper to allow your plugin to be configured by chat
  • Text development/debug consoles
  • Self-documenting: your docstrings become help automatically
  • subcommands and various arg parsing options are available (re, command line type)
  • polling support: your can setup a plugin to periodically do something
  • end to end test backend
  • card rendering under Slack and Hipchat.

Community and support

If you have:

  • a quick question feel free to join us on chat at
    errbotio/errbot on Gitter 
  • a plugin development question please use
    _ with the tags
  • a bug to report or a feature request, please use our
    GitHub project page 

You can also ping us on Twitter with the hashtag



Prerequisites ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Errbot runs under Python 3.6+ on Linux, Windows and Mac. For some chatting systems you'll need a key or a login for your bot to access it.

Quickstart ~~~~~~~~~~

We recommend to setup a

  1. Install
    from pip
  2. Make a directory somewhere (here called
    ) to host Errbot's data files
  3. Initialize the directory
  4. Try out Errbot in text mode

.. code:: bash

$ pip install errbot
$ mkdir errbot; cd errbot
$ errbot --init
$ errbot

It will show you a prompt

so you can talk to your bot directly! Try
to get started.

Adding support for a chat system ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For the built-ins, just use one of those options

slack, hipchat, telegram, IRC, XMPP
with pip, you can still do it after the initial installation to add the missing support for example ::

$ pip install "errbot[slack]"

For the external ones (Skype, Gitter, Discord etc ...), please follow their respective github pages for instructions.

Configuration ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In order to configure Errbot to connect to one of those chat systems you'll need to tweak the
file generated by
errbot --init

To help you, we have a documented template available here: 

Note: even if you changed the BACKEND from the configuration, you can still use

errbot -T
to test out your instance locally in text mode.

Starting Errbot as a daemon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If all that worked, you can now use the -d (or --daemon) parameter to run it in a detached mode:

.. code:: bash

errbot --daemon

Interacting with the Bot

After starting Errbot, you should add the bot to your buddy list if you haven't already. You'll need to invite the bot explicitly to chatrooms on some chat systems too. You can now send commands directly to the bot!

To get a list of all available commands, you can issue:

.. code:: bash


If you just wish to know more about a specific command you can issue:

.. code:: bash

!help command

Managing plugins ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

You can administer the bot in a one-on-one chat if your handle is in the BOT_ADMINS list in

For example to keyword search in the public plugin repos you can issue:

.. code:: bash

!repos search jira

To install a plugin from this list, issue:

.. code:: bash

!repos install 

For example

!repos install errbotio/err-imagebot

Writing plugins

Writing your own plugins is extremely simple.

errbot --init
will have installed in the
subdirectory a plugin called
you can use as a base.

As an example, this is all it takes to create a "Hello, world!" plugin for Errbot:

.. code:: python

from errbot import BotPlugin, botcmd

class Hello(BotPlugin): """Example 'Hello, world!' plugin for Errbot"""

def hello(self, msg, args):
    """Return the phrase "Hello, world!" to you"""
    return "Hello, world!"

This plugin will create the command "!hello" which, when issued, returns "Hello, world!" to you. For more info on everything you can do with plugins, see the

plugin development guide 

Contribution to Errbot itself

Feel free to fork and propose changes on


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