pmxbot / README


pmxbot is an IRC bot written in python. Originally built for internal use,
it's been sanitized and set free upon the world. You can find out more details
on the website,, and especially the wiki

pmxbot listens to commands prefixed by a '!'
If it's a command, it knows it will reply, take an action, etc.
It can search the web, store quotes you, track karma, make decisions,
and do just about anything else you could want. It stores logs and quotes
and karma in either a sqlite or MongoDB
database, and there's a web interface for reviewing the logs and karma.

pmxbot will respond to things you say if it detects words and phrases it's
been told to recognize. For example, mention sql on rails.


`pmxbot` requires Python 2.6 or 2.7. It also requires a few python
packages as defined in

If using the MongoDB backend, it requires pymongo (otherwise, sqlite will
be used).


`pmxbot` includes a test suite that does some functional tests
with an
included TCL IRC daemon, and some basic unit tests as well. Just run them
the pmxbot root directory using "py.test"
(requires pytest) and it should do it all for you.

You'll need TCL for the functional tests not to be skipped.

Configuration is based on very easy YAML files. Check out config.yaml in the
source tree for an example.

Once you've setup a config file, you just need to call ``pmxbot config.yaml``
and it will join and connect. We recommend running pmxbot under
daemontools, upstart, supervisord, or your favorite supervisor to make it
automatically restart if it crashes (or terminates due to a planned

Custom Features

Setuptools Entry Points Plugin

`pmxbot` provides an extension mechanism for adding commands, and uses this
mechanism even for its own built-in commands.

To create a setuptools (or distribute or compatible packaging tool)
entry point plugin, package your modules using
the setuptools tradition and install it alongside pmxbot. Your package
should define an entry point in the group `pmxbot_handlers` by including
something similar to the following in the package's

    entry_points = {
        'pmxbot_handlers': [
            'plugin name = mylib.mymodule',

During startup (and after loading the traditional script-based plugins),
pmxbot will load `mylib.mymodule`. `plugin name` can be anything, but should
be a name suitable to identify the plugin (and it will be displayed during
pmxbot startup).

If your plugin requires any initialization, specify an initialization function
(or class method) in the entry point. For example::

    'plugin name = mylib.mymodule:initialize_func'

On startup, pmxbot will call `initialize_func` with no parameters.

Within the script you'll want to import the decorates you need to use with:
`from pmxbot.core import command, contains, execdelay, execat`. You'll then
decorate each function with the appropriate line so pmxbot registers it.

A command (!g) gets the @command decorator::

  @command("tinytear", aliases=('tt', 'tear', 'cry'), doc="I cry a tiny tear for you.")
  def tinytear(client, event, channel, nick, rest):
  	if rest:
  		return "/me sheds a single tear for %s" % rest
  		return "/me sits and cries as a single tear slowly trickles down its cheek"

A response (when someone says something) uses the @contains decorator::

  def yay_sor(client, event, channel, nick, rest):
  	karmaChange(botbase.logger.db, 'sql on rails', 1)
  	return "Only 76,417 lines..."

For an example of how to implement a setuptools-based plugin, see one of the
many examples in the pmxbot project itself or one of the popular third-party

 - `wolframalpha <>`_.
 - `jaraco.translate <>`_.
 - `excuses <>`_.

Web Interface
pmxbot includes a web server for allowing users to view the logs, read the
help, and check karma. You specify the host, port, base path, logo, title,
etc with the same YAML config file. Just run like ``pmxbotweb config.yaml``
and it will start up. Like pmxbot, use of a supervisor is recommended to
restart the process following termination.