Running a Hubot bot
Developers should start with (or at least reference) our example Hubot demonstrating usage of the Rocket.Chat adaptor: hubot-rocketchat-boilerplate
See GitHub’s own documentation for examples on building and scripting your bot.
In all cases, you first need to configure the environment.
Deployment examples below use either the boilerplate or a Docker instance.
Once the bot is running and is properly logged in and connected to your RC server/configured channels, you can test by logging in as a regular user (not the BOT user), go to a configured channel and start talking to your bot (you’ll find some pre-configured dialogs below).
Using the Boilerplate
Please see our boilerplate bot Getting Started docs here!
The boilerplate is essentially just a simple Node.js package that requires
Hubot and the Rocket.Chat adapter. The bot can then be executed using a bin file
in production, as seen here.
Or via the package scripts locally using
npm run local or
Using the boilerplate example, to start the bot in production, use
bin/hubot -a rocketchat - will install dependencies and run the bot with
Rocket.Chat’s Hubot adapter.
Create and run a Rocket.Chat bot in under two minutes.
git clone https://github.com/RocketChat/hubot-rocketchat-boilerplate cd hubot-rocketchat-boilerplate npm install
Create a .env file with content:
export ROCKETCHAT_URL=myserver.com export ROCKETCHAT_USER=mybotuser export ROCKETCHAT_PASSWORD=mypassword export ROCKETCHAT_ROOM=general export ROCKETCHAT_USE_SSL=true
Adjust the content to fit your server and user credentials. Make sure
has BOT role on the server, if you don’t know what that means,
Then run the bot:
source .env bin/hubot
On the server, login as a regular user (not the BOT user), go to GENERAL,
mybotuser what is the time OR
mybotuser rc version
You can examine the source code of these two interactions under the
First clone the source and then move into the directory.
git clone email@example.com:RocketChat/hubot-rocketchat.git cd hubot-rocketchat
Now we start the docker container.
docker run -it -e ROCKETCHAT_URL=<your rocketchat instance>:<port> \ -e ROCKETCHAT_ROOM='' \ -e LISTEN_ON_ALL_PUBLIC=true \ -e ROCKETCHAT_USER=mybotuser \ -e ROCKETCHAT_PASSWORD=mypassword \ -e HUBOT_NAME=bot \ -e EXTERNAL_SCRIPTS=hubot-help,hubot-diagnostic \ -v $PWD:/home/hubot/node_modules/hubot-rocketchat rocketchat/hubot-rocketchat
On the server, login as a regular user (not the BOT user), go to GENERAL, and try:
mybotuser what is the time
- The first time you run the docker container, the image needs to be pulled from the public docker registry and it will take some time. Subsequent runs are super fast.
- If you are not running Linux (i.e. if you are on a Mac or PC), you cannot use $PWD to mount the volumes. Instead, read this note here (the 2nd note on the page: If you are using Boot2Docker…) to determine the absolute path where you must place the git-cloned directory.