CmdBot Overview

CmdBot is an IRC Bot written in Python. It consists of a core module that defines a Bot class you can extend to fit your needs. It comes with a Brain, that is to say a simple instance of object that can contain any data you want. That’s like a memory that lives as long as the Bot is working:


It’s not exactly a data store. When you cut your bot off, its brain is vanishing and every thing is gone “forever”. There might be a mechanism that’d allow you to save the brain state, but it’s not yet available.


The Github (dev) version

CmdBot is hosted on Github. If you want the latest code, go fetch it here:

You can install the program using:

python install

The latest releases

You can fetch and install the bot library using its PyPI version. If you are using pip and/or virtualenv, just type:

pip install cmdbot

and you’re done.


the cmdbot module contains a core submodule where the “dumb” Bot is sitting.

What you need to make any Bot working now is a nice ‘.ini’ file.

The INI file

This file stores the basic configuration for you bot. You can use the sample bot.ini file that sits in the source code, or edit your own. You just have to know that only two variables must be set in it:

host = name.your.server
chan = #nameyourchan

The other vars are optional, and usually default values would suit.

The “admin” value

If you want some admin to take this bot over (and you surely need it at some point), set the value with a space-separated list of nicks... e.g.:

admins = nick1 nick2 nick3

You may use the “@admin” decorator in your extended classes to process the bot line only if the user that has send the order is in this nick list.

Dumb Bot Usage

It’s as simple as:

python /path/to/cmdbot/ /path/to/your/bot.ini

But... your bot won’t be able to do much. Here is a sample “dialog”:

22:31 -!- cmdbot [~cmdbot@] has joined #cdc
22:31 < cmdbot> Hi everyone.
22:31 < No`> cmdbot: help
22:31 < cmdbot> No`: you need some help? Here is some...
22:31 < cmdbot> Available commands: help, ping
22:32 < No`> cmdbot: ping
22:32 < cmdbot> No`: pong
22:32 -!- cmdbot [~cmdbot@] has quit [EOF From client]


This piece of software is published under the terms of the WTFPL (Do What The Fuck You Want License), that can be summed as its term “0”:


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