How To Add a Music Bot to Discord
Discord is an incredibly popular communication app among gamers worldwide. With endless possibilities for customization and personalization; Discord is even better with bots. From assigning roles to adding music, there is a Discord bot for just about every task you’d like to perform.
Music bots for Discord increase sound quality while decreasing the effort you have to put into playing your favorite battle songs. You could always play music on your own machine, but half the fun of being on Discord is sharing the voice channel with your friends and guildmates. You could play music through your mic, but it will sound awful to your friends in the chat.
A bot is an add-on that runs on your server and provides extra features like music, chat, jokes, quotes, or other lighthearted interactions.
Bots are typically created in Java, Python, or C++ and integrated into Discord, where other users can interact with them via commands in the chat. When the bot receives a command, it executes a given task, like playing a song, showing a meme, creating a scoreboard of the players in the game, or whatever else it’s been programmed to do.
If you don’t have programming experience don’t worry, Discord Bots are pretty simple to add and maintain. There are several bot providers available on the web, all you need to know is which one you’d like to use.
In this article, I’ll walk you through the process of adding a music bot to your Discord server.
Add a music bot in Discord
I’ll be showing you how to add a music bot, but the same basic instructions apply to any type of bot you’d like to add – and there are thousands of them. Adding a bot is a straightforward task. You will need to have the Manage Server permission turned on for your account, so either you will need to be the actual server administrator, or one of the server’s most trusted users, in order to add a bot.
The first step is finding a bot that you’d like to experiment with. There are bot repository sites that have hundreds or thousands of bots listed, along with descriptions and reviews from other users.
Two popular bot repositories are Discord Bot List and Carbonitex but you can find others as well. At the end of this article, I’ll also review some well-known music bots. For purposes of this guide, I’m going to walk you through adding the “Groovy” bot. The exact screens you see in adding a different bot may vary slightly, but the basic steps are the same.
- Log on to the server where you have permissions.
- Visit the bot’s website, in this case at Groovy.
- Select “Add to Discord”. Other bots may give you the option to “Invite” rather than “Add to Discord.” They’re both essentially the same thing.
- Select “Authorize”.
- Fill in the captcha to demonstrate that you aren’t a robot so that you can install your robot.
That’s it! You’ll want to read up on the things you can do with your new robotic friend. The basic command for Groovy is “-play” – visit a voice channel, and type “-play [song name]” and Groovy will start playing it. It’s that easy!
(You can type “-stop” to hush Groovy up.)
That is all there is to adding a music bot to Discord. Most of the work is done for you behind the scenes; it’s just a matter of linking your server and giving out the appropriate permissions.
Some good music bots for Discord
There are quite a number of good music bots for Discord, created by members of the Discord community. Some are better than others, but all will get the job done – you probably don’t need to overstress on picking the perfect bot. Here are three solid ones to look at.
Groovy is a very neat Discord music bot that can play music hosted on almost any website, including YouTube, Spotify, SoundCloud, and a few others. The bot works incredibly well and I have used it on a couple of servers I use. The quality is excellent and the playback is of very high quality.
Rhythm is a music bot for Discord. Reviews are very mixed on development and the developers themselves but the actual bot is pretty good, and that’s the important part. The audio playback is good quality, it is stable and reliable, and it works well. As a free bot, there is little to complain about here.
Fredboat is another highly rated music bot that plays good quality music across your chat server. It is reliable, offers decent sound quality, and works well. It isn’t quite as easy to use initially as Groovy but once you figure out how to get it working, it will provide a soundtrack to your gaming without any issues.
Octave is a music bot that fits perfectly with Discord servers. Aside from adding music, Octave allows you to assign roles, add memes, link to Twitch, and more. With great sound quality and a simple interface, Octave is another Discord bot worth looking into.
Link Discord with Spotify
An alternative to adding a bot to your Discord server is by linking the application with Spotify. A simple task, this allows you to stream the music of your choice with your friends and connections.
To set up Spotify and Discord follow these instructions:
- Open the Discord desktop application and log in.
- Click on the Settings icon located at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.
- Click ‘Connections.’
- Click on the Spotify symbol (you’ll notice there are several other applications available to connect as well.
- A window will pop-up; scroll down and click ‘Agree.’
- Log in to Spotify if you haven’t already done so.
Once this action is completed; you can stream your Spotify music within the Discord app. Adding bots is a simple way to customize your Discord application and they offer more customization options that linking your Spotify account. For those looking for an alternative to installing bots on their Discord server, the Spotify/Discord relationship makes it even more simple.