Installing Limnoria on Windows

This is the “easy to follow” guide to installing Limnoria. The installation documentation provided with the supybot distribution is really quite good already, but since people keep coming to IRC, asking a repeating pattern of questions, we thought it would be a good idea to expand it a bit to make it a little more of a “foolproof guide”.

This guide is only for Windows. If you don’t want to install on Windows, check out the :ref:`non-Windows install guide <use-install>`_.


Limnoria is a modified version of Supybot.


Install Python

Download the latest Python 3 installer from, 3.5.1, as of 2016-01-26) and run it to install Python.

Installing Python is mostly clicking next, but in the next screen remember the destination directory where you installed Python. These instructions refer to it as C:\Python35\ which is the current name on 2016-01-26.

Then you are asked to customize your installation. Click the drive on left side of “Python” text and select “Entire feature will be installed on local hard drive”.

Now Python installs itself which may take several minutes.

Python should be now installed and you can check that the “python” command points to correct python. Open cmd.exe (press the Windows button on your keyboard and type “cmd.exe”) and run where python and the toppernmost entry should be C:\Python35\python.exe.

Install git

In order to install the latest Limnoria from the git repository, you need git in your %PATH%. You can get it from

In the “Adjusting your PATH environment”, select the last option, “Use Git and optional Unix tools from the Windows Command Prompt” or you will have issues in the next step.

Install Supybot

Now we are ready to install Limnoria and it’s requirements. Open cmd.exe as Administrator (right click it in the previous place) and run:

python3 -m pip install -r --upgrade
python3 -m pip install limnoria --upgrade

We are now ready to configure Supybot. Supybot creates quite a few auxiliary files/directories to store its runtime data. It is thus recommended to create an empty directory from which you’ll be running supybot, to keep all the data in a nice dedicated location. For example, you may create a C:\Users\<username>\runbot for this purpose.

Configure Supybot

Now you open cmd.exe as normal user, and create and cd into your runbot directory:

mkdir runbot
cd runbot

and from within it run supybot-wizard:

python3 C:\Python35\Scripts\supybot-wizard

which will walk you through a series of questions to generate the bot config file.

One thing to make sure to do in the wizard, to make your life easier down the line, is to select y for the Would you like to add an owner user for your bot? question, and actually create the owner user. Remember that password, so that you can later ‘’identify’’ with the bot on IRC and administer it.

Once you generate the config file, which will be named yourbotnick.conf (where yourbotnick is the nick you have chosen for your bot in the wizard), it will be placed in your runbot directory. (As long as you leave the default answer to the Where would you like to create these directories? question.)

Now to start the bot, run, still from within the C:\users\<username>\runbot directory:

python3 C:\Python35\Scripts\supybot yourbotnick.conf

And watch the magic!

This guide has been mainly written by nanotube (Daniel Folkinshteyn), and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license and/or the GNU Free Documentation License v 1.3 or later.