How to write a really simple IRC bot
Noah Slater of semtard vapourware fame recently demonstrated to me how to write and extremely simple IRC bot in shell scripting.
The bot below is extremely simple, it simply identifies itself, joins a channel then sends a message to a channel.
To use the code below to create your own bot, first you should copy the bot into a file called
chmod a+x bot.sh
then run the bot with
If you wanted to run the bot in the background for an extended period of time, you might want to do something like:
nohup /bot.sh 2> ~/mybotlog.txt &
For more information about learning shell scripting have a look on google
Based on Shellbot, by Sean B. Palmer
# Based on Shellbot by Sean B. Palmer, inamidst.com
# Modified 2008, Noah Slater < firstname.lastname@example.org >
# Modified 2008, Tim Dobson, tdobson.net
echo "NICK pingbot" > pingbot.input# what nick
echo "USER pingbot +iw pingbot :$0" >> pingbot.input
echo "JOIN #tdobson.net" >> pingbot.input# what channel
tail -f pingbot.input | telnet irc.freenode.net 6667 | while true; do# what network
echo "PRIVMSG #tdobson.net :tdobson is cool" >> pingbot.input# what to say.
sleep 30# number of seconds to wait before saying it again