Specials bot

by dante-larocco

GitHub Readme.md

GroupMe Specials Bot


This bot updates a GroupMe group on the current burger special at the Hop

Check out this bot in a group I've made: https://groupme.com/join_group/57883728/sScEMJkm

To use it in your own group: I did not write this. It's from GroupMe's tutorial


Get your bot up and running

Deploy to Heroku:

Be sure to log into heroku, using your heroku credentials, then click the link below.


Optionally, you can give your app a name, or instead leave it blank and let Heroku name it for you (you can change it later).

Next, create a GroupMe Bot:

Go to: https://dev.groupme.com/session/new

Use your GroupMe credentials to log into the developer site.

Log into dev.groupme.com

Once you have successfully logged in, go to https://dev.groupme.com/bots/new

Create your new bot

Fill out the form to create your new bot:

  • Select the group where you want the bot to live
  • Give your bot a name
  • Paste in the url to your newly deply heroku app
    • http://your-app-name-here.herokuapp.com/
  • (Optional) Give your bot an avatar by providing a url to an image
  • Click submit

Find your Bot ID:

Go here to view all of your bots: https://dev.groupme.com/bots

Click on the one you just created.

Select your new bot

On your Bot's page, copy the Bot ID

Copy your Bot ID

Add your Bot ID to your Heroku app:

Go here to see all of your Heroku apps and select the one you just created before:


Select your heroku app

On your app page, click settings in the top navigation:

Go to your app's settings

On your app's setting page, find the Config Vars section and click the Reveal Config Vars button:

Reveal your environment variables

Then click edit:

Edit your environment variables

Fill out the form to add an environment variable to your app:

  • In the "key" field type: BOT_ID
  • In the "value" field paste your Bot ID that you copied in the previous steps
  • Click the save button

Add the Bot ID environment variable

Pull the code to your local machine

Within terminal, change directory to the location where you would like the files to live, then run this command:

$ heroku git:clone -a YOUR_APP_NAME_HERE

And then change directory into the new folder


Configure your local BOT_ID environment variable

Open the file .env from your local files in your text editor of choice. Find where it says "YOUR_BOT_ID_HERE" and replace it with the ID of your new bot.

If you don't know what your Bot ID is, please refer back to this section, where it is explained how to retrieve it.

If your Bot ID is 12345678910, then:




It should now work!

Whenever a message containing "burger special" shows up, the bot will respond with the current burger special.