Compilation and Installation of Eggdrop

This is the quick install guide; if you have had little or no experience with UNIX or Eggdrop, READ THE README FILE NOW! This file is only for experienced users.

For more information on compiling Eggdrop, see the Compile Guide (and of course, the README FILE).


  1. What is Eggdrop?
  2. Quick startup
  3. Modules
  4. Frequently asked questions

1. What is Eggdrop?

Please, read the Readme file before attempting to set up this bot. It is NOT easy to use! This file is a quick setup guide, not a miracle worker. If you enter this file without basic Eggdrop knowledge, you will NOT leave with a working bot! Before asking ANY questions, READ THE README FILE OR YOU WILL BE BURNED TO A HORRIBLE DEATH! IF YOU DO NOT READ THAT FILE I WILL PERSONALLY WALK TO YOUR TERMINAL AND BEAT IT WITH A SMELLY SNEAKER! By the way, read the README file.

2. Quick startup

Eggdrop uses the GNU autoconfigure scripts to make things easier.

  1. Type './configure' from the Eggdrop directory. The configure script will determine how your system is set up and figure out how to correctly compile Eggdrop. It will also try to find Tcl, which is required to compile.

  2. Type either 'make config' or 'make iconfig' to determine which modules will be compiled. 'make config' compiles the default modules (everything but woobie.mod). If you want to choose which modules to compile, use 'make iconfig'.

  3. Type 'make' from the eggdrop directory, or to force a statically linked module bot, type 'make static'. Otherwise, the Makefile will compile whatever type of bot the configure script determined your system will support. Dynamic is always the better way to go if possible. There are also the 'debug' and 'sdebug' (static-debug) options, which will give more detailed output on a (highly unlikely :) crash. This will help the devlopment team track down the crash and fix the bug. Debug and sdebug will take a little longer to compile and will enlarge the binary a bit, but it's worth it if you want to support Eggdrop development.

  4. Eggdrop must be installed in a directory somewhere. This is accomplished by entering the Unix command:

  5. make install

    This will install the Eggdrop in your home directory in a directory called 'eggdrop' (i.e. /home/user/eggdrop).

    If you want to install to a different directory, use:

    make install DEST=<directory>

    For example:

    make install DEST=/home/user/otherdir

    Note that you must use full path for every file to be correctly installed.

    [The following is performed from the directory installed above.]

  6. Edit your config file completely.

  7. Start the bot with the "-m" option to create a user file, i.e. './eggdrop -m LamestBot.conf'.

  8. When starting the bot in the future, drop the "-m". If you have edited your config file correctly, you can type:

    chmod u+x <my-config-file-name>

    For example:

    chmod u+x LamestBot.conf

    From then on, you will be able to use your config file as a shell script. You can just type "./LamestBot.conf" from your shell prompt to start up your bot. For this to work, the top line of your script MUST contain the correct path to the Eggdrop executable.

  9. It's advisable to run your bot via crontab, so that it will automatically restart if the machine goes down or (heaven forbid) the bot should crash. Look at 'scripts/botchk' and 'scripts/autobotchk' for a great start with crontabbing the bot.

  10. Smile, and if you haven't already read the README file in its entirety, go take a long walk off a short pier.

3. Modules

    Modules are small pieces of code that can either be compiled into the binary or can be compiled separately into a file. This allows for a much smaller binary.

    If there are any modules that you have made or downloaded, you can add them to the bot by placing them in the /src/mod directory with a mod extension. They will be automatically compiled during make for you. They must have a valid Makefile and, of course, be compatible with the rest of the Eggdrop source.

    If you wish to add a module at a later time, follow the same steps in paragraph 2. After you have moved the appropriate files, you will only need to type 'make modules' to compile only the modules portion of the bot.

4. Frequently asked questions

What do I do if...?


The readme does not answer...!


I still don't know how to...



Well, go to or and see if you can find there what you're looking for. There are also lots of IRC help channels and various mailing lists, as seen in the README FILE.

This is the end. If you read to this point, hopefully you have also read the README file. If not, then READ IT!&@#%@!

Have fun with Eggdrop!

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