JSON Explanations

Setting up your Credentials

This document aims to guide you through the process of creating a Discord account for your bot (the Discord Bot application), inviting that account into your Discord server and setting up the credentials necessary for the bot installed on your computer to be able to log into that account.

Creating the Discord Bot application


  • Go to the Discord developer application page.
  • Log in with your Discord account.
  • Create an application.
  • On the General Information tab, fill out the Name field (it's your app's name)
  • Upload an image if you want and add an app description. (Optional)
  • Go to the Bot tab on the left sidebar.
  • Click on the Add a Bot button and confirm that you do want to add a bot to this app.

Inviting your bot to your server


  • On the General Information tab, copy your Client ID from your applications page.
  • Replace the 12345678 in this link: https://discordapp.com/oauth2/authorize?client_id=12345678&scope=bot&permissions=66186303 with your Client ID.
  • The link should now look like this: https://discordapp.com/oauth2/authorize?client_id=YOUR_CLIENT_ID_HERE&scope=bot&permissions=66186303
  • Access that newly created link, pick your Discord server, click Authorize and confirm with the captcha at the end.
  • The bot should have been added to your server.

Setting up credentials.json file

  • For Windows (Updater): the credentials.json file is located in the system folder. You can access it through the updater by clicking on the Creds button.
  • For Windows (Source), Linux and OSX: the credentials.json file is located in the WizBot/src/WizBot folder.

Getting the Bot's Token:
  • On the Bot tab of your applications page, copy your Token.
    • Note: Your bot Token is not the Client Secret! We won't need the Client Secret for anything.
  • Paste your bot token between the quotation marks on the "Token" line of your credentials.json.

It should look like this:

"Token": "MTc5MzcyXXX2MDI1ODY3MjY0.ChKs4g.I8J_R9XX0t-QY-0PzXXXiN0-7vo",
Getting Owner ID(s) & Admin ID(s):
  • Go to your Discord server and attempt to mention yourself, but put a backslash at the start (to make it slightly easier, add the backslash after the mention has been typed).
  • For example, the message \@fearnlj01#3535 will appear as <@145521851676884992> after you send the message.
  • The message will appear as a mention if done correctly. Copy the numbers from it 145521851676884992 and replace the big number on the OwnerIds section with your user ID.
  • Save the credentials.json file.
  • If done correctly, you should now be the bot owner. You can add multiple owners or admins by seperating each owner ID or admin ID with a comma within the square brackets.

For a single owner or admin, it should look like this:

    "OwnerIds": [
    "AdminIds": [

For multiple owners or admins, it should look like this (pay attention to the commas, the last ID should never have a comma next to it):

    "OwnerIds": [
    "AdminIds": [

Setting up your API keys

This part is completely optional, however it's necessary for music and a few other features to work properly.

  • GoogleAPIKey
    • Required for Youtube Song Search, Playlist queuing, and a few more things.
    • Follow these steps on how to setup Google API keys:
      • Go to Google Console and log in.
      • Create a new project (name does not matter).
      • Once the project is created, go into Library
      • Under the YouTube APIs section, enable YouTube Data API
      • On the left tab, access Credentials,
        • Click Create Credentials button,
        • Click on API Key
        • A new window will appear with your Google API key
          NOTE: You don't really need to click on RESTRICT KEY, just click on CLOSE when you are done.
        • Copy the key.
      • Open up credentials.json and look for "GoogleAPIKey", paste your API key inbetween the quotation marks.
      • It should look like this: json "GoogleApiKey": "AIzaSyDSci1sdlWQOWNVj1vlXxxxxxbk0oWMEzM",
  • MashapeKey
    • Required for Urban Dictionary, and Hearthstone cards.
    • Api key obtained on https://rapidapi.com (register -> go to MyApps -> Add New App -> Enter Name -> Application key)
    • Copy the key and paste it into credentials.json
  • OsuApiKey
    • Required for Osu commands
    • You can get this key here.
  • CleverbotApiKey
    • Required if you want to use Cleverobot. It's currently a paid service.
    • You can get this key here.
  • PatreonAccessToken
    • For Patreon creators only.
  • PatreonCampaignId
    • For Patreon creators only. Id of your campaign.
  • TwitchClientId
    • Mandatory for following twitch streams with .twitch (or .stadd with twitch link)
    • Go to apps page on twitch and register your application.
    • You need 2FA enabled on twitch in order to create an application
    • You can set http://localhost as the OAuth Redirect URL (and press Add button)
    • Select Chat Bot from the Category dropdown
    • Once created, clicking on your application will show a new Client ID field
    • Copy it to your credentials.json as shown below
    • (if you're adding it as the last key inside your credentials.json, remove the trailling comma from the example below) json "TwitchClientId": "516tr61tr1qweqwe86trg3g",
  • LocationIqApiKey
    • Optional. Used only for the .time command. https://locationiq.com api key (register and you will receive the token in the email).
  • TimezoneDbApiKey
    • Optional. Used only for the .time command. https://timezonedb.com api key (register and you will receive the token in the email YOU HAVE TO ACTIVEATE IT AFTER YOU GET IT).
  • CoinmarketcapApiKey
    • Optional. Used only for the .crypto command. You can use crypto command without it, but you might get ratelimited from time to time, as all self-hosters share the default api key. https://pro.coinmarketcap.com/
Additional Settings
  • TotalShards
    • Required if the bot will be connected to more than 2500 servers.
    • Most likely unnecessary to change until your bot is added to more than 2500 servers.
  • RedisOptions
    • Required if the Redis instance is not on localhost or on non-default port.
    • You can find all available options here.
  • RestartCommand
    • Required if you want to be able to use the .restart command
    • If you're using the CLI installer or Linux/OSX, it's easier and more reliable setup WizBot with auto-restart and just use .die

For Windows (Updater), add this to your credentials.json

"RestartCommand": {
    "Cmd": "WizBot.exe"

For Windows (Source), Linux or OSX, add this to your credentials.json

"RestartCommand": {
    "Cmd": "dotnet",
    "Args": "run -c Release"

End Result

This is an example of how the credentials.json looks like with multiple owners, the restart command (optional) and all the API keys (also optional):

  "Token": "MTc5MzcyXXX2MDI1ODY3MjY0.ChKs4g.I8J_R9XX0t-QY-0PzXXXiN0-7vo",
  "OwnerIds": [
  "AdminIds": [
  "GoogleApiKey": "AIzaSyDSci1sdlWQOWNVj1vlXxxxxxbk0oWMEzM",
  "MashapeKey": "4UrKpcWXc2mshS8RKi00000y8Kf5p1Q8kI6jsn32bmd8oVWiY7",
  "OsuApiKey": "4c8c8fdff8e1234581725db27fd140a7d93320d6",
  "CleverbotApiKey": "",
  "Db": null,
  "TotalShards": 1,
  "PatreonAccessToken": "",
  "PatreonCampaignId": "834469",
  "RestartCommand": {
    "Cmd": "WizBot.exe"
  "ShardRunCommand": "",
  "ShardRunArguments": "",
  "ShardRunPort": null,
  "TwitchClientId": null,
  "RedisOptions": null


WizBot saves all settings and data in the database file WizBot.db, located in:

  • Windows (Updater): system/data (can be easily accessed through the Data button on the updater)
  • Windows (Source), Linux and OSX: WizBot/src/WizBot/bin/Release/netcoreapp3.1/data/WizBot.db

In order to open it you will need SQLite Browser.

NOTE: You don't have to worry if you don't have the WizBot.db file, it gets automatically created once you successfully run the bot for the first time.

To make changes:

  • Shut your bot down.
  • Copy the WizBot.db file to someplace safe. (Back up)
  • Open it with SQLite Browser.
  • Go to the Browse Data tab.
  • Click on the Table drop-down list.
  • Choose the table you want to edit.
  • Click on the cell you want to edit.
  • Edit it on the right-hand side.
  • Click on Apply.
  • Click on Write Changes.


Sharding your bot

  • ShardRunCommand
    • Command with which to run shards 1+
    • Required if you're sharding your bot on windows using .exe, or in a custom way.
    • This internally defaults to dotnet
    • For example, if you want to shard your WizBot which you installed using windows installer, you would want to set it to something like this: C:\Program Files\WizBot\system\WizBot.exe
  • ShardRunArguments
    • Arguments to the shard run command
    • Required if you're sharding your bot on windows using .exe, or in a custom way.
    • This internally defaults to run -c Release --no-build -- {0} {1} {2} which will be enough to run linux and other 'from source' setups
    • {0} will be replaced by the shard ID of the shard being ran, {1} by the shard 0's process id, and {2} by the port shard communication is happening on
    • If shard0 (main window) is closed, all other shards will close too
    • For example, if you want to shard your WizBot which you installed using windows installer, you would want to set it to {0} {1} {2}
  • ShardRunPort
    • Bot uses a random UDP port in [5000, 6000] range for communication between shards