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UNIMUC - A Discord bot for LMU Students

Max Lang / 2021-02-28

The Idea

Now that my semester is over and I do not have a lot of lectures anymore, I decided to continue focusing on studying Python in addition to R. My first project however is not a Data Analysis one - it is a bot. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic my friends and I were more or less forced to start our Bachelor studies online. Most of them I have not even met in real life yet. So our main tool to communicate, study together and meet up is our own Discord server. On that server are almost 200 students that use it to meet up and connect. It is kind of like an virtual campus. While we were chatting and preparing for our exams, we discussed how cool it would be to have a bot that makes our virtual college life a bit easier. We discussed over a couple of functions it should have and already had some pretty cool ideas. Those ideas were now transformed into a working bot!


Here we just link our code to our specific bot we created in the Github Developer Portal via the Discord Token. I have to omit this token because it is kind of the key to the whole bot. After that we create the bot itself and assign in to the bot variable. Pay attention to the commands.Bot(command_prefix="uni$") call. Here we specified the prefix of UNIMUC. So by using uni$some_command we can tell our bot what to do specifically.


bot = commands.Bot(command_prefix="uni$")

Main Functions

In the following I want to present a couple of functions I implemented into the UNIMUC (the bot) and how I believe this could make everyones online college life a bit more easy. I will only focus on the functions and not go into detail on the packages I used. If you’re interested in that check out the code on my Github

Fun Facts

Sometimes you might be in the mood for some quick fun facts. "Did you know…

… that UNIMUC can help you with that?"

What UNIMUC basically does is take random string out of the all_fun_facts string array by using the random.choice() function from the random package. This simply gets assigned to a variable fact which UNIMUC will send back to the author.

# Creating the String array (could also be outsourced to another doc)
all_fun_facts = [ "53.091 students were enrolled @LMU in the WS 2019/2020", "787 Professors performed research @LMU", "LMU was Bavaria's first University", "LMU was founded in 1472", "1918 wurde der erste Studenten Ausschuss an der LMU gegründet", "1919 Max Weber joins the LMU faculty", "The Simpsons Paradox is not really a paradox"]

    help= "Get a funfact",
    brief= "Get a funfact"
async def funfact(ctx):
    fact= random.choice(all_fun_facts)

The output on Discord looks like this: Screenshot Output


Life can be frustrating. Student life can be even more frustrating, sometimes. UNIMUC will cheer you up again! You can use uni$enc to get some encouragement. The function works exactly the same as uni$funfact. However, UNIMUC can encourage you just by reading what you write in the chat. So e.g. if you write “Ich geb auf” (“I give up” in German) UNIMUC will send you some encouragement. So how does this work?

First we have two arrays. The first one sad_words contains all the phrases UNIMUC identifies as something sad/frustrated people would write. The second one starter_encouragements contains the phrases UNIMUC will answer.

So by using on_message(message) UNIMUC looks out for those phrases. To prevent endless bot replies I included the first if statement. The rest is pretty straightforward.

sad_words = ["Ich geb auf", "Ich schaffe das nicht", "Das ist schwer", "traurig", "schwer", "hart", "So ein Müll"]

starter_encouragements= ["Du schaffst das!", "Niemals aufgeben!", "Glaub an dich!", "Es ist immer ein Licht am Ende des Tunnels", "Work hard, cry later!"]

async def on_message(message):
        if == bot.user:

        msg = message.content
        if any(word in msg for word in sad_words):
        await bot.process_commands(message)

Let’s have a look how it works on Discord: Output

As you can see the message just needs to contain the one word out of the sad_words array for UNIMUC to reply.


Best comes last. This is one of my favorite features of UNIMUC. By using the uni$quote command, students can get an almost infinite amount of quotes from Zenquotes. To work this out, I defined a getQuote function that will store the random quote from the website in a variable quote. The command uni$quote will just simply print the string into the channel on Discord.

def getQuote():
  response = requests.get("")
  json_data = json.loads(response.text)
  quote = json_data[0]['q'] + " -" + json_data[0]['a']

The output looks like this:

So whenver you need an inspirational quote uni$quote is the way to go!


This definetly was a lot of fun and a pretty cool project. I am really excited to further improve this bot during the upcoming semesters. Especially because the deployment is done now, it is almost all programming from now on. Stay tuned! :)