Instructions to run WildBeast on Linux

The basics

Good to know: For the purpose of this guide, we'll use Ubuntu 20.04.

Any modern Linux distribution will work, however the commands described here only work on Debian based distributions.

For safety reasons, please don't run WildBeast with the root account.

If you don't know how to create a new user on Linux, please see DigitalOcean's guide on making new sudo-enabled users

We need a few prerequisites:

  • A computer running any supported version of Ubuntu

    • You need sudo or doas privileges, or access to the root account

    • If you want to run WildBeast 24/7, you should get a VPS

  • A text editor. We're going to use nano, but you can use anything you'd like.


Installing Node.js

  1. Run the following code in your terminal:

    curl -fsSL | sudo -E bash -

    (Not a fan of curl <url> | bash -? You can do this manually too.)

  2. Install Node.js with the following command:

    sudo apt-get install -y nodejs

Installing Postgres

Postgres is available to install by default on Ubuntu, just run the following code in your terminal:

sudo apt install postgresql postgresql-contrib

We need to do some extra steps to prepare Postgres for use:

  1. Create a new user for WildBeast to use:

    sudo -u postgres createuser --interactive

    The new user does not need to be a superuser, and can be called whatever you want.

  2. Finally, create a new database:

    sudo -u postgres createdb wildbeast

    (We used wildbeast here as the database user, change it if you used something else in the previous step)

Setting up

Getting the code

Clone the code and install the required modules:

git clone
cd ./WildBeast
npm install

Setting the options

Open the example configuration file in nano and enter your details:

nano .env.example

When you're done, save the file as .env

Starting the database

Before we can start, we need to initialize the database. Run the following code:

npm run-script migrations:up

Testing it out!

Now for the fun part, testing to see if it worked!

Start WildBeast for the first time with the following command:

npm start

You should see something similar to the following if everything went well

19:11:41 [info] Gateway: Client ready

19:11:41 [info] Gateway - shard 0: Gateway ready

Test if your bot works by running the /ping command

Slash commands can take a while to appear.

Don't have your bot in your server yet? Check this guide.

Next steps

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