How to build a SlackBot

Alex Stroulger
Sep 23, 2017 · 7 min read

Part 1: Project Setup

My first Slackbot accidentally posting in my team’s #general channel
mkdir jokes-bot
cd jokes-bot
git init

Part 2: Getting our bot to talk

const envKey = process.env.JOKES_BOT_TOKEN
var bot = new SlackBot({
token: envKey,
name: “Jokes Bot”

Part 3: Getting our bot to tell us jokes

Step 1: Talking to the bot directly

bot.on("message", msg => {
switch (msg.type) {
case "message":
if ([0] === "D" && msg.bot_id === undefined) {
bot.postMessage(msg.user, "hi", { as_user: true })

Step 2: Connecting to the API

const getRandomJoke = (callback, user) => {
return request("", (error, response) => {
if (error) {
console.log("Error: ", error)
} else {
let jokeJSON = JSON.parse(response.body)
let joke = jokeJSON.attachments[0].text
return callback(joke, user)
{ attachments:
[ { fallback: 'Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He\'s all right now.',
footer: '<|permalink> - <|>',
text: 'Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He\'s all right now.' } ],
response_type: 'in_channel',
username: 'icanhazdadjoke'
const postMessage = (message, user) => {
bot.postMessage(user, message, { as_user: true })

Part 4: Deploying our bot with Heroku

Part 1: Creating a new app in Heroku

Step 2: Sharing config variables with Heroku

Step 3: Adding a Procfile

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