# Quickstart guide¶

## Installation¶

It is recommended to use a virtualenv for Skybeard. Create and activate the virtual environment with

virtualenv venv
source venv/bin/activate


then install the base requirements with

pip install -r requirements.txt


You will then need to make a config.py. An example config.py is provided so you can simply:

cp config.py.example config.py


## Running Skybeard¶

To run skybeard define your key in the environment variable \$TG_BOT_TOKEN or as an argument with -k and run main.py. this can be done easily e.g.:

./main.py -k 99121185:RUE-UAa7dsEaagAKkysPDjqa2X7KxX48e


## Skybeard’s many beards¶

Skybeard source documentation: http://skybeard-2.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ Skybeard wears many beards. The bot will automatically load any “beard” (a plug-in) that is placed in the beards folder. Beards are typically structured like so:

beards
|
|___myBeard
|    __init__.py
|    config.py
|    requirements.txt
|    ...
|
|___docs
|    ...


In this example the myBeard folder containts a requirements.txt for any additonal dependencies so they can be pipped, a config.py file for configuration of the beard and settings and the __init__.py which contains the class that that is the interface between the plug-in and skybeard. This interface class inherits from skybeard.beards.BeardChatHandlerwhich handles the mounting of the plug-in, registering of commands etc, and also thetelepot.aio.helper.ChatHandler.

The folder can also contain any other python modules and files that are needed for the plugin.

## Growing a new beard¶

Creating a new beard requires knowledge of the telepot telegram API, see: http://telepot.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

An example async plug-in that would echo the user’s message would look like this:

class Echo(BeardChatHandler):

__userhelp__ = """A simple echo beard. Echos whatever it is sent."""

__commands__ = [
#(condition/command, callback coro, help text)
(Filters.text, 'echo', 'Echos everything said by anyone.'),
('hello', 'say_hello', 'Greets the user'),
]

async def echo(self, msg):
await self.sender.sendMessage(msg['text'])

async def say_hello(self, msg):
name = msg['from']['first_name']
await self.sender.sendMessage('Hello {}!'.format(name))


This plug-in will greet the user when they send “/hello” to Skybeard and will also echo back any text the user sends.

__userhelp__ is a brief string used to generate the bot’s help message. __commands__ is a list of tuples. the 0th element of each tuple gives a condition, such as a filter, or a command string (without the slash). The 1st element is the function that is called when the condition is met, and the 2nd element is the help text which, along with __userhelp__` is used to generate the help message (such as when the user types “/help”).

See the examples folder for examples of callback functionality, timers, and regex predication.