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Windows Guide

Migration from 2.x

⚠ If you're already hosting WizBot, You MUST update to latest version of 2.x and run your bot at least once before switching over to v3.

Windows migration instructions

Setting Up WizBot on Windows With the Updater

Table of Contents
Prerequisites
Setup
Starting the Bot
Updating WizBot
Manually Installing the Prerequisites from the Updater

Note: If you want to make changes to WizBot's source code, please follow the From Source guide instead.

If you have Windows 7 or a 32-bit system, please refer to the From Source guide.

Prerequisites

Optional

Setup

  • Download and run the WizBot v3 Updater (Currently not available).
  • Click on the + at the top left to create a new bot.
  • Give your bot a name and then click Go to setup at the lower right.
  • Click on DOWNLOAD at the lower right
  • Click on Install next to Redis.
  • If you will use the music module, click on Install next to FFMPEG and Youtube-DL.
  • If any dependencies fail to install, you can temporarily disable your Windows Defender/AV until you install them. If you don't want to, then read the last section of this guide.
  • When installation is finished, click on CREDS to the left of RUN at the lower right.
  • Follow the guide on how to Set up the creds.yml file.

Starting the bot

  • Either click on RUN button in the updater or run the bot via its desktop shortcut.

Updating WizBot

  • Make sure WizBot is closed and not running
    (Run .die in a connected server to ensure it's not running).
  • Open WizBot Updater
  • Click on your bot at the upper left (looks like a spy).
  • Click on Check for updates.
  • If updates are available, you will be able to click on the Update button.
  • Launch the bot
  • You've updated and are running again, easy as that!

Manual Prerequisite Installation

You can still install them manually:

  • Redis Installer - Download and run the .msi file
  • ffmpeg-32bit | ffmpeg-64bit - Download the appropriate version for your system (32 bit if you're running a 32 bit OS, or 64 if you're running a 64bit OS). Unzip it, and move ffmpeg.exe to a path that's in your PATH environment variable. If you don't know what that is, then just move the ffmpeg.exe file to WizBot/system
  • youtube-dl - Click to download the file. Then put youtube-dl.exe in a path that's in your PATH environment variable. If you don't know what that is, then just move the youtube-dl.exe file to WizBot/system

Windows From Source

Prerequisites

Install these before proceeding or your bot will not work! - .net 5 - needed to compile and run the bot - git - needed to clone the repository (you can also download the zip manually and extract it, but this guide assumes you're using git) - redis - to cache things needed by some features and persist through restarts

Installation Instructions

Open PowerShell (press windows button on your keyboard and type powershell, it should show up; alternatively, right click the start menu and select Windows PowerShell), and navigate to the location where you want to install the bot (for example cd ~/Desktop/)

  1. git clone https://github.com/Wizkiller96/WizBot -b v3 --depth 1
  2. cd wizbot
  3. dotnet publish -c Release -o output/ src/WizBot/
  4. cd output && cp creds_example.yml creds.yml
  5. Open creds.yml with your favorite text editor (Please don't use Notepad or WordPad. You can use Notepad++, VSCode, Atom, Sublime, or something similar)
  6. Enter your bot's token
  7. Run the bot dotnet WizBot.dll
  8. 🎉
Update Instructions

Open PowerShell as described above and run the following commands:

  1. Stop the bot
  2. ⚠️ Make sure you don't have your database, credentials or any other wizbot folder open in some application, this might prevent some of the steps from executing succesfully
  3. Navigate to your bot's folder, example:
    • cd ~/Desktop/wizbot
  4. Pull the new version
    • git pull
    • ⚠️ If this fails, you may want to stash or remove your code changes if you don't know how to resolve merge conflicts
  5. Backup old output in case your data is overwritten
    • cp -r -fo output/ output-old
  6. Build the bot again
    • dotnet publish -c Release -o output/ src/WizBot/
  7. Remove old strings and aliases to avoid overwriting the updated versions of those files
    • ⚠ If you've modified said files, back them up instead
    • rm output-old/data/aliases.yml
    • rm -r output-old/data/strings
  8. Copy old data
    • cp -Recurse .\output-old\data\ .\output\ -Force
  9. Copy creds.yml
    • cp output-old/creds.yml output/
  10. Run the bot
    • cd output
    • dotnet WizBot.dll

🎉 Enjoy

Music prerequisites

In order to use music commands, you need ffmpeg and youtube-dl installed. - ffmpeg-32bit | ffmpeg-64bit - Download the appropriate version for your system (32 bit if you're running a 32 bit OS, or 64 if you're running a 64bit OS). Unzip it, and move ffmpeg.exe to a path that's in your PATH environment variable. If you don't know what that is, just move the ffmpeg.exe file to WizBot/output. - youtube-dl - Click to download the file, then move youtube-dl.exe to a path that's in your PATH environment variable. If you don't know what that is, just move the youtube-dl.exe file to WizBot/system.


Last update: September 27, 2021
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