Welcome

Hubot

We have a couple of ways for you to get up and started with the hubot:

Docker

You can quickly spin up a docker image with:

docker run -it -e ROCKETCHAT_URL=<your rocketchat instance>:<port> \
    -e ROCKETCHAT_ROOM='' \
    -e LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC=true \
    -e ROCKETCHAT_USER=bot \
    -e ROCKETCHAT_PASSWORD=bot \
    -e ROCKETCHAT_AUTH=password \
    -e BOT_NAME=bot \
    -e EXTERNAL_SCRIPTS=hubot-pugme,hubot-help \
    rocketchat/hubot-rocketchat

Custom Scripts

If you want to include your own custom scripts you can by doing:

docker run -it -e ROCKETCHAT_URL=<your rocketchat instance>:<port> \
    -e ROCKETCHAT_ROOM='' \
    -e LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC=true \
    -e ROCKETCHAT_USER=bot \
    -e ROCKETCHAT_PASSWORD=bot \
    -e ROCKETCHAT_AUTH=password \
    -e BOT_NAME=bot \
    -e EXTERNAL_SCRIPTS=hubot-pugme,hubot-help \
    -v $PWD/scripts:/home/hubot/scripts \
    rocketchat/hubot-rocketchat

Docker-compose

If you want to use docker-compose for this task, add this for v0.1.4 adapter (this must be inserted in your docker-compose.yml):

# hubot, the popular chatbot (add the bot user first and change the password before starting this image)
hubot:
  image: rocketchat/hubot-rocketchat:v0.1.4
  environment:
    - ROCKETCHAT_URL=your-rocket-chat-instance-ip:3000 (e.g. 192.168.2.240:3000)
    - ROCKETCHAT_ROOM=
    - LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC=true
    - ROCKETCHAT_USER=username-of-your-bot
    - ROCKETCHAT_PASSWORD=yourpass
    - BOT_NAME=bot
    - GOOGLE_API_KEY=yourgoogleapikey
# you can add more scripts as you'd like here, they need to be installable by npm
    - EXTERNAL_SCRIPTS=hubot-help,hubot-seen,hubot-links,hubot-diagnostics,hubot-google,hubot-reddit,hubot-bofh,hubot-bookmark,hubot-shipit,hubot-maps
  links:
    - rocketchat:rocketchat
# this is used to expose the hubot port for notifications on the host on port 3001, e.g. for hubot-jenkins-notifier
  ports:
    - 3001:8080

If you wish that your bot listen to all public rooms and all private rooms he is joined to let the env “ROCKETCHAT_ROOM” empty like in the example above and set the env “LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC” to true.

Please take attention to some external scripts that are in the example above, some of them need your Google-API-Key in the docker compose file.

Manual

First you need to install hubot

npm install -g yo generator-hubot

Then you need to start the setup of the bot

mkdir myhubot
cd myhubot
yo hubot --adapter="rocketchat@1"

It’ll ask you a few questions.

Alternatively you can actually answer the questions in one command:

yo hubot --owner="OWNER <owner@example.com>" --name="bot" --description="Bot" --adapter="rocketchat@0.1"

Also be sure to remember the name you specify. This is what the bot will respond to in Rocket.Chat.

You will need to tell the adapter where your install is and what login information to use.

export ROCKETCHAT_ROOM=''
export LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC=true
export ROCKETCHAT_USER=bot
export ROCKETCHAT_PASSWORD=bot
export ROCKETCHAT_AUTH=password

Then start with: bin/hubot -a rocketchat

More Info Here

Configuration Options

Here are all of the options you can specify to configure the bot.

On Docker you use: -e VAR=Value

Regular hubot via: export VAR=Value or add to pm2 etc

Environment Variable Description
ROCKETCHAT_URL the URL where Rocket.Chat is running, can be specified as host:port or http://host:port or https://host:port. If you are using https://, you MUST setup websocket pass-through on your reverse proxy (NGINX, and so on) with a valid certificate (not self-signed). Directly accessing Rocket.Chat without a reverse proxy via https:// is not possible.
ROCKETCHAT_USER the bot user’s name. It must be a registered user on your Rocket.Chat server, and the user must be granted bot role via Rocket.Chat’s administrator’s panel (note that this will also be the name that you can summon the bot with)
ROCKETCHAT_PASSWORD the bot user’s password
ROCKETCHAT_AUTH defaults to ‘password’ if undefinied, or set to ‘ldap’ if your use LDAP accounts for bots.
ROCKETCHAT_ROOM the channel/channels names the bot should listen to message from. This can be comma separated list.
LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC if ‘true’ then bot will listen and respond to messages from all public channels, as well as respond to direct messages. Default to ‘false’. ROCKETCHAT_ROOM should be set to empty (with ROCKETCHAT_ROOM='' ) when using LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC. IMPORTANT NOTE: This option also allows the bot to listen and respond to messages _from all newly created private groups_ that the bot’s user has been added as a member.
RESPOND_TO_DM if ‘true’ then bot will listen and respond to direct messages. When setting the option to ‘true’, be sure to also set ROCKETCHAT_ROOM. This option needs not be set if you are including LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC. Default is ‘false’.
RESPOND_TO_EDITED if ‘true’ then bot will respond to edited messages. Default is ‘false’.
ROOM_ID_CACHE_SIZE The maximum number of room IDs to cache. You can increase this if your bot usually sends messages to a large number of different rooms. Default value: 10
DM_ROOM_ID_CACHE_SIZE The maximum number of Direct Message room IDs to cache. You can increase this if your bot usually sends a large number of Direct Messages. Default value: 100
ROOM_ID_CACHE_MAX_AGE Room IDs and DM Room IDS are cached for this number of seconds. You can increase this value to improve performance in certain scenarios. Default value: 300
BOT_NAME ** Name of the bot. This is what it responds to
EXTERNAL_SCRIPTS ** These are the npm modules it will add to hubot. You can use name of npm modules from this site.

** - Docker image only.

FAQ

How do I configure the bot to respond to direct messages?

You will want to set the environment variable: RESPOND_TO_DM to true

How do I make the bot listen on all public channels?

You will want to set the environment variable: LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC to true ** Note: This will also listen for commands in any private room that the bot has been added. But will only be able to do so after its added.

Verify your bot is working

Try:

rocketbot ping

And:

rocketbot help

The example bot under scripts directory responds to:

rocketbot report status

Developers

If you’re interested in helping expand the adapter please check out the repo: https://github.com/RocketChat/hubot-rocketchat

Additional details

Look under the scripts directory, you will find a very basic bot there.

Just add your own script in the directory to have it loaded. If you are new to hubot script writing, find out more here.

If you find a bug or compatibility problem, please open an issue.

If you have any enhancements or feature requests, create an issue. If you like what you see, please star the repo.

Finally, if you have created a bot that other users may find useful, please contribute it.