Getting Started#

Lightbulb can be installed using Python’s pip:

$ pip install hikari-lightbulb


This library is dependent on Hikari and so naturally will only be available for Python versions that Hikari also supports.

Creating Your First Bot#

Your first bot can be written in just a few lines of code:

# Import the command handler
import lightbulb

# Instantiate a Bot instance
bot = lightbulb.BotApp(token="your_token_here", prefix="your_prefix_here")

# Register the command to the bot
# Use the command decorator to convert the function into a command
@lightbulb.command("ping", "checks the bot is alive")
# Define the command type(s) that this command implements
# Define the command's callback. The callback should take a single argument which will be
# an instance of a subclass of lightbulb.Context when passed in
async def ping(ctx: lightbulb.Context) -> None:
    # Send a message to the channel the command was used in
    await ctx.respond("Pong!")

# Run the bot
# Note that this is blocking meaning no code after this line will run
# until the bot is shut off

When this code is run, you will get some logging information and a Hikari banner printed across your terminal. The bot will be online and you can test out the command!


You should note that the order that the decorators are applied is rather important. The lightbulb.implements decorator should always be on the bottom of the stack, followed by the lightbulb.command decorator on top of it. The bot.command decorator must always be on the top of the stack if you are using it.

Optional: Setting up logging#

Lightbulb uses the logging library for the logging of useful information for debugging and testing purposes. For example, if the logging level is set to debug, messages will be displayed every time a command, plugin or extension is added or removed. This can be changed by using the logs argument if you want to keep the customization that hikari does by default. Alternatively, you can use logging directly.

Changing the logging level with using the logs argument:

import logging
import lightbulb

# Set to debug for both lightbulb and hikari
bot = lightbulb.BotApp(..., logs="DEBUG")

Using different logging levels for both hikari and lightbulb:

import logging
import lightbulb

# Set different logging levels for both lightbulb and hikari
bot = lightbulb.BotApp(
        "version": 1,
        "incremental": True,
        "loggers": {
            "hikari": {"level": "INFO"},
            "hikari.ratelimits": {"level": "TRACE_HIKARI"},
            "lightbulb": {"level": "DEBUG"},


Usually you should set the logging level to logging.INFO as setting it to debug can cause a lot of console spam, possibly impacting the performance of your program.