Is It a Bot or a Framework?

Liora can be used as a standalone bot with all of the commands in its built-in modules. It can also be used as a framework for developing custom Discord bot functionality in Javascript without having to worry about dynamic module loading, handling commands, or parsing user/role/channel mentions in messages.

User Guide

This guide assumes that you have created an application for your bot at and obtained a bot token, and added the bot to your server(s). There are many guides for this out there already.

Liora is built for ease of self-hosting for individual servers and not as a centrally hosted bot.

Documentation for all built-in commands is located in and automatically generated.

Standalone Usage

Thanks to the simplicity of Node.js and npm, Liora is very easy to install and run for self-hosting.

  1. Install Node.js 8.0.0 or higher on your system:
  2. Install Liora globally: npm install -g liora
  3. Run liora to run using the default configuration folder at ~/.liora-bot/ or run liora --configDir . to use the current folder as the configuration folder.
  4. The config.json file inside the config folder will open in a text editor. Paste your bot token into the discordToken property, save, and close.
  5. Run liora again to connect to Discord.

An optional config directory can be specified with the --configDir option. The first time Liora is run, it will create a blank config file. In standalone mode, only built-in modules will be accessible.

New: Voice commands usage

Use the loadModule command to load the player-voicecontrol module. Voice control functionality requires Linux. You must install libatlas using your distribution’s package manager (sudo apt-get install libatlas-base-dev on Ubuntu/Debian).

Note: For long term use, use forever to keep the bot running if it ever crashes.

Customizable Usage

For developers who want to add their own functionality to their bot.

Loader script

See the example folder for an example loader with a custom module and command line arguments.

To add your own functionality, just create an empty Node.js project and install and require Liora. Set a custom config folder if you want to and add a folder as a module source.


const path = require('path');
const liora = require('liora');

// If setConfigDirectory is not called, Liora will use the default at ~/.liora-bot/

// Call addModuleSource with the absolute path to a directory to make that directory a module source
// Your custom modules will go in this folder and it is possible to add multiple module sources
// Liora will still load its internal modules in addition to yours
liora.addModuleSource(path.join(__dirname, 'modules'));

// Start the bot
liora.load(() => {
	// Generate documentation for all loaded modules

Liora’s dynamic module loader allows you to load, unload, and reload modules from Discord commands without restarting the bot from the command line. All modules must be in a standard format and located inside folders that are set as module sources.

Module format

See modules/liora-core-commands/main.js for an example module.

Liora loads modules using the path absolute-path-to-module-source/module-name/main.js. This means that all modules must consist of a folder with the name of the module containing a main.js file.

Modules should be a subfolder within your custom bot’s Node.js package and use that package’s node_modules and package.json.

Module main.js


Optional: Module init function

Called after bot is connected and in servers.

Use this for initializing per-server module state information or similar things. bot is the Liora instance that called this function. This function is optional.

module.exports.init = async function(bot) {
Module commands array

All commands should be defined here.


  // Name of the command (what users will type to run it) - must be lowercase
  name: 'command',

  // Description of the command (not arguments) that will be displayed in the help text
  description: 'description',

  // Array of argument names: follow the provided format
	// If the command is called by a user with too *few* arguments, an error message will be sent
	// to the channel it was called from and execute() will not be called.
  argumentNames: ['<requiredArgument>', '<optionalArgument>?'],

  // Permission level: 'all' for all users, 'owner' for owner, 'manager' or anything else for a group
	// There is no need for checking permissions inside of your command, the bot does this for you.
  permissionLevel: 'all',

  // Array of default aliases (alternate ways of running this command)
  aliases: ['alternate1', 'alternate2'],

  // Function that performs the command: must accept three arguments
  //   args: array of arguments that the user executed the command with
  //   msg: Discord.js message object that the command was found in
  //   bot: the Liora instance calling this function
  async execute(args, msg, bot) {
    // Do the command here


module.exports.init = async function(bot) {
	// Run initialization task

module.exports.commands = [
    name: 'command',
    description: 'Command description here.',
    argumentNames: [],
    permissionLevel: 'all',
    aliases: [],
    async execute(args, msg, bot) {
      // Get result of command here;

See modules/liora-core/main.js and modules/liora-utils/main.js for an example module.

Optional: Module middleware array

Middleware to pass all messages through can be defined here. This can be useful for detecting certain text in messages, analyzing message content, or preventing commands from being executed in certain conditions.


// c: context object (, c.message represent the bot and message)
// next: next function in the middleware chain
(c, next) => {
	if (condition) {
		// Send message to the channel of the message in context;

		// If return is called, the middleware chain stops and commands in the message will not be parsed and executed

	// To continue to the next middleware, call next()

See example of custom middleware usage in modules/liora-autorespond/main.js and modules/liora-utils/main.js.

Liora object properties and methods



The currently in-use Discord.js client instance


Winston logger instance that can be used for logging to the console. Use bot.log.modinfo() and bot.log.modwarn() inside of custom modules so that core and module messages can be differentiated.



Sets the configuration folder used by the bot. Do not use this after the bot has loaded.


Adds a folder by absolute path as a source for modules.


Initializes the bot and connects to Discord. This function should only be called once.


Saves documentation (usage/description) for all commands in all currently loaded modules to the specified file.


Returns true if config has a property at the specified path.

bot.configGet(pathToProperty, defaultValue)

Returns the value stored in config at the specified path or returns defaultValue if it is not present.

bot.configSet(pathToProperty, value)

Sets the value stored in config at the specified path to value.

bot.configSetDefault(pathToProperty, defaultValue)

Sets the value stored in config at the specified path to defaultValue if it is not set already. Returns true if the value has not been set already, otherwise false.


Deletes the value stored in config at the specified path.

bot.sendEmojiEmbed(channel, emoji, title, description)

Send an embed to the channel with an emoji, title, and description.

bot.sendError(channel, title, description)

Send an embed to the channel with a red X emoji (❌) to indicate error, a title, and a description.

bot.sendSuccess(channel, title, description)

Send an embed to the channel with a check mark emoji (✅) to indicate success, a title, and a description.

bot.sendInfo(channel, title, description)

Send an embed to the channel with an info emoji (ℹ️) to indicate an info message, a title, and a description.


Returns the bot’s command prefix for the context of a Discord.js message object. Returns the server-specific prefix if one is set, otherwise returns the global prefix.

Discord utility methods


Returns a Discord.js user object’s username and discriminator as a string for displaying to users


Returns true if a string fits the format of a snowflake ID used by Discord.

bot.util.parseUsername(userString, server)

Returns an array of Discord.js member objects from a string containing a user mention, name, or id. server is a Discord.js Guild object.

bot.util.parseRole(roleString, server)

Returns an array of Discord.js role objects from a string containing a role mention or name. server is a Discord.js Guild object.

bot.util.parseChannel(channelString, server)

Returns an array of Discord.js channel objects from a string containing a channel mention or name. server is a Discord.js Guild object.

Bot internals

These properties and methods are in a separate section since they will rarely be used outside of the liora-core module.


Date object representing the time when the bot first loaded.


Date object representing the time when the bot last loaded.


Number representing the time it took for the bot to load in milliseconds.

bot.loadModule(name, callback)

Loads a module by name from any module source. callback will be called with an error object if loading fails.

bot.unloadModule(name, callback)

Unloads a module by name and clears the require cache. callback will be called with an error object if unloading fails.

bot.initModule(name, callback)

Calls the init function on a module by name. callback will be called with an error object if initialization fails.

bot.getCommandNamed(name, callback)

Searches all loaded modules for a command with the specified name. callback will be called with either no arguments or the requested command object.

bot.hasPermission(member, user, group, role)

Returns true if a user meets the criteria for the specified permission group or role. Requires a Discord.js GuildMember object (or null if not in a server), a Discord.js User object, a group name, and a Discord.js Snowflake with the role ID.

Either group or role may be empty strings. If both are specified, this function will return true if the user matches either group or role.


Reloads all modules and config and reconnects to Discord.