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Command Line Interface 🔨

Robo.js comes with a powerful Command Line Interface (CLI) to streamline your bot development process, making it more fun and easy! Here's how to use it:

npm exec robo dev

Simple, right?

Robo.js CLI 🌟

The Robo.js CLI helps you manage your bot project like a boss. Here's a quick overview of the available commands and options, grouped by their purpose:

-V, --version output the version number
-h, --help display help for command

dev [options] Ready, set, code your bot to life! Starts development mode.
start [options] Starts your bot in production mode.

build [options] Builds your bot for production.
build plugin Optimizes your source files to be published as a plugin via npm.

doctor Checks if your project is healthy
why [options] [text] Find out why a command, event, permission, or scope is in your Robo.
e.g. /ping, @ready, %ADMINISTRATOR, +applications.commands
help [command] display help for command

deploy [options] Deploys your bot to RoboPlay!
invite Generates a link for servers to add your Robo.


  • dev: The primary way to run your Robo during development. It behaves similarly to nodemon or ts-node-dev, restarting your project when changes are detected. This command runs build behind the scenes, automatically updating bot commands.
  • start: Used for running your Robo in production after running build. This is only necessary if you're self-hosting instead of using RoboPlay to host your Robo for free.


  • build: Prepares your project for production by compiling your source files, generating a manifest file, and registering any command updates. You need to run this command before using start.
  • build plugin: Works similarly to build, but optimizes your source files to be published as a plugin via npm.


  • add: Installs a plugin from npm and registers it with your Robo. You can also use this command to install plugins from a local directory!
  • remove: Uninstalls a plugin from your Robo and removes its config file.


  • doctor: Automatically detects common problems and offers fixes. It can also allow plugins to tell you if they're set up correctly. For more information on fixing bugs, check out the Debugging page.
  • why: Analyzes why a command, event, permission, or scope is in your Robo. This can be used to track down which plugin added certain things or why specific events are firing. Use it like this: robo why /ping
  • help: Displays help for this CLI or a specific command. Can be used like this: robo help or also as a command option robo build --help


  • deploy: Bundles your Robo's source files and hosts it on RoboPlay for free (currently invite-only).
  • invite: Generates an invite link to add your Robo onto Discord servers with permissions and all. For more information on adding your bot, refer to the Adding to Discord Servers docs.

Create Robo CLI ⚡

The create-robo interactive CLI is your go-to for kickstarting fresh Robo.js projects and plugins! It's a nifty standalone tool that won't bloat your project, and it'll hold your hand through the setup process like a pro.

New Robo

Ready to create a project named "my-awesome-robo"? Here's how:

npx create-robo my-awesome-robo

Once you're in, the CLI will walk you through three easy-peasy steps:

  1. TypeScript or nah? (yes/no)
  2. Choose your features! (ESLint, Prettier, Plugins - mix and match, or skip 'em all!)
  3. Pop in your Discord token and client id. Wanna skip it? Just press enter, but remember to edit your .env file later.

New Plugin

Got your eyes on crafting a plugin? Run the CLI with the --plugin option:

npx create-robo my-awesome-plugin --plugin

This will guide you through two simple steps:

  1. TypeScript or nah? (yes/no)
  2. Choose your features! (ESLint, Prettier)


Feeling adventurous? This CLI's got options for ya:

  • --js skips the TypeScript question and jumps straight to JavaScript
  • --ts does the opposite: skips the TypeScript question and dives into TypeScript
  • -p, --plugin lets you craft a plugin project instead of a full-fledged Robo
  • -t, --template <template> grabs an existing example template. You can use a URL or a name from the available examples (e.g., gpt-chatbot). No template input? No problem! The CLI will let you choose.
  • -v, --verbose cranks up the log volume during creation, perfect for troubleshooting when things go sideways.
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