Contributing to Sir Lancebot

You should have already forked the sir-lancebot repository and cloned it to your local machine. If not, check out our detailed walkthrough.

Remember to ensure that you have read the contributing guidelines in full before you start contributing.


Using Gitpod

Sir Lancebot can be edited and tested on Gitpod. Gitpod will automatically install the correct dependencies and Python version, so you can get straight to coding.

To do this, you will need a Gitpod account, which you can get here, and a fork of Sir Lancebot. This guide covers forking the repository here.

Afterwards, click on this link to spin up a new workspace for Sir Lancebot. Then run the following commands in the terminal after the existing tasks have finished running:

git remote rename origin upstream
git add remote origin{your_username}/sir-lancebot

Make sure you replace {your_username} with your Github username. These commands will set the Sir Lancebot repository as the secondary remote, and your fork as the primary remote. This means you can easily grab new changes from the main Sir Lancebot repository.

Once you've set up a test server and bot account and your environment variables, you are ready to begin contributing to Sir Lancebot!

Using Docker

Sir Lancebot can be started using Docker. Using Docker is generally recommended (but not strictly required) because it abstracts away some additional set up work.

The requirements for Docker are:

  • Docker CE
  • Docker Compose
    • pip install docker-compose
    • This is only a required step for linux. Docker comes bundled with docker-compose on Mac OS and Windows.

Development Environment

If you aren't using Docker, you will need to install the project's dependencies yourself.

Test Server and Bot Account

You will need your own test server and bot account on Discord to test your changes to the bot.

  1. Create a test server.
  2. Create a bot account and invite it to the server you just created.
  3. Create the following text channels:
    • #announcements
    • #dev-log
    • #sir-lancebot-commands
  4. Create the following roles:
    • @Admin
  5. Note down the IDs for your server, as well as any channels and roles created.

Environment variables

You will have to setup environment variables:

The following variables are needed for running Sir Lancebot:

Environment Variable Description
BOT_TOKEN Bot Token from the Discord developer portal
BOT_GUILD ID of the Discord Server
BOT_ADMIN_ROLE_ID ID of the role @Admins
ROLE_HELPERS ID of the role @Helpers
CHANNEL_ANNOUNCEMENTS ID of the #announcements channel
CHANNEL_DEVLOG ID of the #dev-log channel
CHANNEL_COMMUNITY_BOT_COMMANDS ID of the #sir-lancebot-commands channel

Full environment variable reference for this project.

While not required, we advise you set USE_FAKEREDIS to true in development to avoid the need of setting up a Redis server. It does mean you may lose persistent data on restart but this is non-critical. Otherwise, please see the below linked guide for Redis related variables.

Run the project

The sections below describe the two ways you can run this project. We recommend Docker as it requires less setup.

Run with Docker

Make sure to have Docker running, then use the Docker command docker-compose up in the project root. The first time you run this command, it may take a few minutes while Docker downloads and installs Sir Lancebot's dependencies.

$ docker-compose up

If you get any Docker related errors, reference the Possible Issues section of the Docker page.

Run on the host

After installing project dependencies use the poetry command poetry run task start in the project root.

$ poetry run task start

Next steps

Now that you have everything setup, it is finally time to make changes to the bot! If you have not yet read the contributing guidelines, now is a good time. Contributions that do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.

If you're not sure where to go from here, our detailed walkthrough is for you.

Have fun!