Introduction to Mastodon bots

A beginner's guide to making bots that run on Mastodon.

📅 4 years ago | Updated 20 hours ago

Before you start making bots, consider reading these essays and articles. Also worth browsing: resources for cleaning up your bot's language.

2022 UPDATE: The original tutorial I wrote back in September 2018 no longer works as Glitch, which was used for hosting, no longer allows a method that’s been used to keep bots running on their free plan.

While I work on an updated version, here are some useful tutorials to check out:

And as a bonus, here’s my 2018 interview with the creator of, a Mastodon instance dedicated to bots. Be sure to also follow Botwiki-related Mastodon accounts:

And you can find me at


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