Docker installation

Welcome to the installation guide for WildBeast on Docker! In this guide, we'll walk you through the installation and deployment process for WildBeast on Docker.

This guide allows for WildBeast to be installed on a Windows or Mac system. We will be instructing this on Windows, but if you're Mac savvy you should be able to do it yourself.

Who should use WB on Docker?

Installing WildBeast on Docker is a suitable idea for someone that doesn't want to mess with the technical stuff a whole lot and just get it installed the easiest way possible. If this is your way, feel free to use this. If you want better control and modifiability, use the regular Windows installation guide!



Docker has very specific system requirements, be sure to check them out below before proceeding.

  • Windows
    • OS: 64 bit Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education
      • NOTE: If you don't have one of these versions, you need to use Toolbox which we will not instruct the usage of
    • Specs wise you should be able to run this on anything else than a low-end laptop
    • Administrator access to the computer
  • Mac
    • OS: OS X El Capitan 10.11 or newer macOS release
    • Model: 2010 or newer
    • The system must have Intel’s hardware support for MMU virtualization
    • Administrator access to the computer
  • Programs
    • We will be installing programs that are directly related to the bot later on. They will not be listed here.
    • These programs are required pre-setup:

Downloading Docker Toolbox & Hyper-V

Go to the Docker download site. Download the Windows version from the button you find by scrolling down. The installation is a one-click procedure, complete it.

Allow Docker to launch from the installer or launch it from the start menu. You will be greeted by this screen if Microsoft Hyper-V isn't enabled. Before you press OK however, read up on the next section and prepare to do it! Enabling Hyper-V will result in the computer being restarted which enables you to do the next steps at the same time.

Docker Hyper-V

Enabling BIOS features


The following steps are heavily variable due to differences in BIOS systems. We will not provide specific assistance on doing this via our support, you need to Google and find out specifics yourself.

Restart the computer and wait for the boot logo to come up. When it does, press the key specified in the lower-left corner of the screen to enter BIOS setup. You might have to Google around to find what key to press on your system to enter BIOS setup.

When you manage to open BIOS setup, look around for something like Device Options. Then make sure that tickboxes that resemble to "Data Execution Protection" and "Virtualization Technology" are ticked. Then save your changes and exit BIOS setup.

On the test system at TheSharks which we use for testing and as a base for these guides (HP Elitebook 840 G2), we went through the following procedure.

We hit F2 to enter BIOS setup, then looked up Device Options under the Advanced tab in the BIOS and ticked the two boxes specified above.



Then we hit Exit and saved the changes in the following dialog.

When the computer boots up next time, Docker will autostart when the system starts. You will get a system notification when it's ready to use. In the meantime, you can go to the Windows guide and follow the guide on installing Git there if it's not installed on your system already.

Retrieving WildBeast

When Docker announces it's ready to use, open Windows PowerShell. You can now retrieve the WildBeast repository. Type the following commands into the terminal:

git clone
cd WildBeast
docker-compose up


The Docker composition in particular will take a good while so go make yourself a coffee or something while waiting for it to complete.

Trust me, I went to the sauna while it was crunching and it was still going when I came back.

When it completes, the system might start attempting to connect to the Discord gateway. Hit Ctrl+C when this happens to stop it, because that is for later. You still need to configure the bot.


Installing Kitematic

Check for the Docker icon in the taskbar, right click it and select "Open Kitematic". This will present you with an option to download Kitematic.

Kitematic DL

Click Download. You will have a ZIP package downloaded. Extract the contents to the folder specified in the download window, per default C:\Program Files\Docker\Kitematic.

Right click on Docker again and select "Open Kinematic". You may get an error now. If that happens, just click "Use VirtualBox" in the error message. This will take you to the login screen for Docker Hub. If you don't already have an account, create one now.

After having logged in, you will see two containers on the left side of the screen: wildbeast and wildbeast-rethink.


Configuring WildBeast in Kitematic

We'll now go over configuration in Kitematic. Click on wildbeast in the sidebar and browse over to the Settings tab in the right corner.

Settings on Docker are a bit different as their prefix tells what they relate to. They can be in a messy order, but configure them in the order explained later.

BOT options


User account support with this bot is deprecated and will be removed soon.

Option Explanation Type
token OAuth token for the bot. String
oauth The OAuth URL for the bot. String

DATABASE options

Option Explanation Type
host Points to WildBeast's database, localhost by default. String
port Specifies which network port the RethinkDB server is running on. Number
password Password to RethinkDB user. String
user RethinkDB user account to use for accessing the database. String

SETTINGS options

Option Explanation Type
prefix The command prefix the bot will use. String
autodeletemsg Automatically delete music-related messages after a while. Boolean
deleteTimeout The amount of time after which to delete the messages. Number
deleteTimeoutLong Same as above, but for messages that have a longer timeout. Number
maxvcslots How many concurrent voice connections the bot can have until it won't join more. Number


Option Explanation Type
master The highest possible access level of Infinity. Full permissions. Array<String>
level1, level2, level3 Settable access levels that give users access to certain commands. Array<String>


By default, when WildBeast joins a server it will set the owner's access level to 4. This is to give them control over normal users.

API_KEYS options

Option Explanation Type
imgflip Your imgflip login details. String
google For retrieving data from YouTube. String
twitchId For retrieving status of whether a user on Twitch is streaming or not. String
imgur For retrieving random memes from Imgur. String
cleverbot_user Username to the API, used in the cleverbot command. String
cleverbot_key Key to the API, used in the cleverbot command. String

Editing the settings

When performing the tasks instructed here, remember that when it is completed you need to apply what you've done (Usually paste) in the settings. This means that the progress needs to be put into the Value field.


Do not modify the names of the environment variables in the Key section or add anything there!


There are some environment variables in the settings which aren't explained here. If you stumble upon them, DO NOT modify them unless told to by TheSharks staff! This can cause unexpected behavior to the bot and you'll have to fix it yourself.

With the danger zone clarified, let's proceed to configuration.

  • OAuth app
    • We'll start off by creating an OAuth application in Discord's developer interface so that the bot can login.
      1. Go to the Discord Developer dashboard and create a new application.
      2. Name it whatever you prefer and give it a fancy picture. Fill in a description if you want to, then click "Create application".
      3. Now you'll have a more full-fledged app page. Click "Add Bot User" and confirm to make it a bot.
      4. Here you'll get a Client ID and a token. Reveal the token (Not the secret) and apply it to the BOT_TOKEN option.
    • Next we'll make an OAuth URL for the bot so it can be added to the server.
      1. Just put this placeholder URL somewhere for now, don't open it as it will not work.
      2. Go back to the app page, and copy the Client ID.
      3. Replace the CLIENTID placeholder in the URL above with the ID you just copied. You can open the URL to test that you did it right.
      4. If the URL works as intended, apply it to the BOT_OAUTH option.
      5. You can also open the URL and add your bot to the server at this point, so you don't forget it. It will have the permissions it wants precalculated due to the number after the permissions property. Just select your server from the dropdown list and add it. The bot won't do anything at this stage because we're not finished yet.
      6. If you can't select your server, it might be that you lack Manage Server permissions.
  • Prefix and other settings
    • Setting the command prefix isn't really rocket science. This can be any special character, for instance %, & and so forth.
    • You can also use multiple characters as a prefix, for instance !! and //. Avoid common single-character prefixes like ! and / to avoid initial prefix conflicts. These can however be resolved with customize and changing the prefix for the server.
    • Note that there is always a so-called global prefix: A mention. Saying @BotName in chat will function as a prefix as well. This needn't be specified in the options as it's always active.
    • The rest of the SETTINGS options are straight forward. SETTINGS_AUTODELETEMSG can be true or false, the message deletion times (SETTINGS_DELETE_TIMEOUT and SETTINGS_DELETE_TIMEOUT_LONG) can be whatever you want in milliseconds and SETTINGS_MAXVCSLOTS is just a number.
  • Permissions
    • This is a section that has a very interesting gimmick to it.
      • WildBeast has a command named setlevel which will set the level of a user. However, that is written into a server-specific config. Which means that if you set the level of someone to 2 in Server1, they will not be level 2 in Server2, for example.
      • The permissions fields here are so-called global permissions, and will apply unless a server-specific level is set.
      • Use this to add technicians and others who need permissions regardless of where the bot is.
    • You can specify user permissions by adding their IDs into the PERMISSIONS_MASTER, PERMISSIONS_LEVEL1, PERMISSIONS_LEVEL2 and PERMISSIONS_LEVEL3 options. Only the master option is mandatory.
      • You can get the ID of a user by either "backlash mentioning" them, which means to say typing \@User in chat or by enabling Developer Mode (Personal Settings -> Appearance -> Enable Developer Mode) and right-clicking on someone, subsequently selecting Copy ID from the list and applying it to the option.
      • Remember that when adding multiple user IDs, you need to separate them with commas. So do it like id1,id2,id3 without spaces!
  • API keys
    • General notice: Anything within these fields is sensitive and could do much harm if revealed to the public. Therefore it is imperative that you keep this to yourself. WildBeast maintainers will NEVER ask for your login details or API keys. Only show the options to trusted WildBeast maintainers in WildBot's Territory.
    • imgflip
      • The procedure for getting this isn't tricky. Just go to, create an account and input your username and password into the API_KEYS_IMGFLIP_USERNAME and API_KEYS_IMGFLIP_PASSWORD options.
    • Google
      • This API is used to retrieve data from YouTube, related to music playback.
        1. Go to and create a new project. Name it whatever you fancy. Nothing else needs to be changed unless you want to change the project ID or the app engine location.
        2. Wait a while as the project is being created.
        3. When the creation process is completed, you'll get taken to the Dashboard screen of the project. In the sidebar on the left, click "Library".
        4. This will take you to the API library. Select "YouTube Data API" as highlighted below. YT Data API
        5. When the API page opens, click the "Enable" button in the top bar. Then you will get a notification saying that you need to create credentials. That's exactly what we will do.
        6. Click the "Go to credentials" button. In the next dropdowns, make them look like following. Credentials
        7. Hit "What credentials do I need?" and the page will generate a Google API key for you. Copy the API key and apply it to the API_KEYS_GOOGLE option.
    • Twitch
      • This API is used with the twitch command. This will be the client ID the bot passes to Twitch when retrieving stream status.
        1. Go to the Twitch Connections page, scroll down to the bottom and click "Register new application".
        2. Fill in the fields. Name should be your app name, and set the Redirect URI to http://localhost unless you want something to function differently. Set the app type to "Chat Bot" as that's what you're basically doing here. Twitch app
        3. Click "Register". This will take you to the application management page. Down towards the bottom, there will be a section saying "Client ID". Twitch app management
        4. Copy that character sequence and apply it to the API_KEYS_TWITCH_ID option.
    • Imgur
      • This API is used in conjunction with the randommeme command to pull random memes from Imgur.
        1. Go to the Imgur App Registration.
        2. Fill in the application name you prefer to use. Set Authorization type to "Anonymous usage without user authentication" as no further auth will be needed for pulling memes.
        3. Fill in the email you fancy to receive notifications about this app in.
        4. Description... Well, anything you find useful there.
        5. You should end up with the below view. Imgur app creation
        6. Solve the CAPTCHA and hit "Submit" on the bottom of the page. This will take you to the page where you can see your client ID and secret. Imgur ID & secret
        7. Copy the Client ID and apply it to the API_KEYS_IMGUR option.
    • Cleverbot
      • This API is used in conjuction with the cleverbot command to do cleverbot discussions.
        1. Go to and login to get your API user and key.
        2. After logging in, copy the contents of the "API User" and "API Key" fields and apply them to the options, API User to API_KEYS_CLEVERBOT_USER and API Key to API_KEYS_CLEVERBOT_KEY. Cleverbot Keys

When you're done configuring, hit Save below the environment variables.


Running the bot

Congratulations, your WildBeast instance should be ready to launch! When installing, all required database tables and other prerequisistes to run the bot were installed so you are good to go out of the box.

To start the bot, browse back to Kitematic. Click on wildbeast-rethink and hit Start in the top left corner. It is crucial to start it first as the database engine needs to be running before any actions are performed.

When wildbeast-rethink is running, browse to wildbeast and start it too. If the bot runs without any errors, you have had success so far!

You can test simple functionality by running the ping command (With your desired prefix) in a text channel that the bot can see. If it answers "Pong!", then congratulations, you have successfully set up WildBeast!

When you want to stop the bot, you can browse back to Kitematic and stop wildbeast, subsequently stop wildbeast-rethink.


Remember to do it in this order to not cause corruptions or other issues with the database!

And that's it! You are now ready to start using your very own WildBeast instance!

Keep in mind, if you have further questions or need help, we're around over at our official server! Link below.

On the behalf of the WildBeast team, we hope you enjoy your bot!

Discord server