A clean, extensible IRC bot using irckit.

pip install toastbot==0.4.1



A clean, extensible IRC bot using Python, irckit, gevent & requests.

Author: Daniel Lindsley
License: BSD
Version: 0.4.2


  • Python 2.6+
  • gevent
  • irckit
  • requests


Create your own file & drop in:

import toastbot

bot = toastbot.ToastBot('myircbot', '#myircchannel')

Then run it with python


The Toastbot object requires nick & channel arguments & can take a variety of non-required options.

Required arguments

  • nick - The nickname of the bot, as a string.
  • channel - The channel the bot should connect to, as a string.


  • server - The server the bot should connect to (default:
  • username -The username the bot should identify as (default: nick);
  • realname - The human readable name the bot should provide (default: 'ToastBot').
  • debug - Controls if the IRC connection should dump debug messages (default: false).
  • log_dir - Controls what directory the logs should go in (default: $INSTALL_DIRECTORY/logs).
  • variants - Used to override ways to address the bot. Should be strings (default: [self.nick+': ', self.nick+', ', self.nick+'- ', self.nick+' - ']).

Available "handlers"

Handlers are how the bot can perform actions based on an incoming message. They are simple methods hanging off the bot object. The built-in list consists of:

  • help - Provides a description of what I respond to.
  • dance - Get down and funky.
  • woodies - Best quote on the internet..
  • wiki - Search Wikipedia for a topic.
  • metar - Fetch a NOAA METAR by station code.
  • twitter - Search Twitter for a topic.
  • fatpita - Get a random fatpita image. For the lulz.
  • corgibomb - CORGI BOMB

Extending the bot

Adding on further handlers is relatively simple. At its most basic, it's simply adding on a new method decorated with toastbot.handler. For example, logging how many times a user has said something in the channel might look like:

import toastbot

class MyBot(toastbot.ToastBot):
    talkers = {}

    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super(MyBot, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.enabled_commands += [

    def how_chatty(self, nick, text):
        """Logs how often a user has said something."""
        if nick in self.talkers:
            self.talkers[nick] += 1
            self.talkers[nick] = 1

        print self.talkers.items()

bot = MyBot('myircbot', '#myircchannel')

Note that this command does not require addressing the bot at all. If you want a command that the bot responds to, you might write something like:

import toastbot

class StoolPigeon(toastbot.ToastBot):
    # Assume the previous example, but adding...
    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super(StoolPigeon, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.enabled_commands += [

    def stool_pigeon(self, nick, text):
        """Rat out the talkers."""
        text = self.is_direct_command('stool_pigeon', text)

        if not text:
            raise NotHandled()

        return str(self.talkers)

bot = StoolPigeon('myircbot', '#myircchannel')

This checks to see if the bot is being directly addressed then returns a string-ified version of the talker stats. The included handlers demonstrate even more complex behavior, such as how to do network fetches or asynchronous responses.

To disable handlers:

import toastbot

class MyBot(toastbot.ToastBot):
    talkers = {}

    def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs):
        super(MyBot, self).__init__(*args, **kwargs)
        self.enabled_commands = [func for func in self.enabled_commands if func.__name__ != 'twitter']

bot = MyBot('myircbot', '#myircchannel')