Yet another IRC bot

pip install hamper==1.9.1


Hamper is an IRC bot to amuse us.

Quick Start

$ git clone https://github.com/hamperbot/hamper
$ cd hamper
$ virtualenv venv
$ source venv/bin/activate
$ python setup.py develop
$ cp hamper.conf.dist hamper.conf
$ vim hamper.conf
$ hamper


Make a file named hamper.conf. This should be a YAML file containing these fields:

  • nickname
  • channels
  • server
  • port
  • db - A database URL as described here

For an example check out hamper.conf.dist.

Plugin Development

Read hamper/plugins/friendly.py. To declare a plugin so that it can be used you need to edit your plugin's setup.py and add something like the following lines:

    # ...More lines here...
    entry_points = {
        'hamperbot.plugins': [
                'plugin_name = module.import.path.to.plugin:PluginClass',
    # ...Possibly more lines here too...

For the new plugin system you no longer need to create an instance of each one at the bottom. Once you have declared your class as a plugin you need to install it with setup.py:

$ python setup.py develop

This is so that setuptools can advertise your plugins to Hamper. Hamper uses setuptools to determine what plugins are available. Note that if you change your setup.py, you'll have to repeat those last two steps. However, you probably won't have to rebuild the package every time you change your plugin.


Hamper uses Twisted's Trial unit testing system, which is an extension of Python's unittest module. To run the tests, execute `trial hamper' in the top level directory of hamper.

Using Docker

requires Docker > 1.3

This already assumes you've got Docker configured and installed on your system.

To begin you need to build the Docker image for Hamper: docker build -t hamper .

Now we can start the container using that image, but first start by copying the hamper.env.dist into hamper.env and adjusting settings as necessary.

Now all we need to do is start the container by telling where to read our settings.

docker run --env-file ./hamper.env --name hamper hamper

This creates and starts the container. If you want to re-use the same database then you should use docker start hamper to just start an existing container. If you want to create a new container with a new config, but the old database use docker run --env-file ./hamper.env --volumes-from hamper --name hamper-new hamper to create a container with a new name, but import the volume containing the database from the old container.

This is great and all, but perhaps you want to hack on Hamper and use Docker simply to run Hamper with your current directory. Here's how to do that:

docker run -it --env-file ./hamper.env -v $(pwd):/hamper hamper bash

This will mount the directory located at $(pwd) on the host running Docker in place of the Hamper project in your container. When you make changes to the code, they'll be seen in the container. The reason we run bash is so you can easily stop and restart the bot with the hamper command, however you can leave out the bash command at the end and just stop and start the container.

Then to stop the container type docker stop hamper. To start it back up type docker start hamper To see logs of the running container use docker logs hamper. Refer to the docker docs for more usage details.