It’s a small challenge and fun to setup a chatbot on a small device with restrained resource.
Here’s the instruction to setup a chatbot on Respberry pi with 4GB SD Card.
Download respbian lite
We need respbian lite because normal Respbian took more than 4GB space. If you have 8GB or larger SD Card, normal Respbian works fine for you.
You can download them from https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
Flash image to sdcard
I did it in Mac with diskutil. You can check the install guide from https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/installation/installing-images/README.md for other platforms.
$ diskutil list
Login to respbian
Respbian lite does not provide desktop environment, so we’ll do everything with command line.
Insert SDCard, bootup and login into respbian with
Refer from http://elinux.org/RPi_Distributions#Raspbian
Install node and redis
$ `curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_5.x > script
Webbybot is the rewrite of hubot from coffeescript to ES6, its will be more maintainable in the future.
In respbian lite, the git is not pre-installed, so we need install git-core from apt-get as well.
$ sudo apt-get install git-core
Deploy on messengers
Check Workable adapters section to install your bot onto telegram, facebook messenger, or skype https://github.com/gasolin/webby-template#workable-adapters
Let’s take skype for example. First you need sign up an skype account, then put the username/password on to
Then install hubot-skyweb adapter and switch the core to webbybot
npm install hubot-skyweb
replace require ‘hubot’ to ‘webbybot’. Then run
./bin/webby -a skyweb
You are good to go! You can add new skills on your pibot by following https://github.com/gasolin/webbybot/#add-plugins which is same as hubot, and create your own plugin to control the respberry pi https://github.com/gasolin/webbybot#write-your-own-plugin.