The Discord plugin assigns Cred to contributors participating in Discord chats; for example, by posting and reacting to posts.

The plugin does this using a special bot that scans a Discord server and captures all posts and emoji reactions. The data is temporarily cached, but the source of truth for the Discord plugin is always the live Discord server. That means that if content is deleted on Discord, it will also disappear from the Discord plugin (after a cache refresh).

For instructions on setting up the bot and configuring the plugin, see the Configuration section below.

Cred flow

Cred is minted on Discord reactions. It then flows to connected nodes.

The full set of node and edge types used by the Discord plugin are defined below.


The Discord plugin creates the following types of nodes in the contribution graph:

  • User:

A Discord user account, e.g. @decentralion. User accounts do not mint Cred, so setting a node weight would have no effect. Using the identity plugin, it's possible to merge user nodes with other identity nodes into a single, canonical identity. For example, if a contributor had a Discord user account and a GitHub account, then the identity plugin can merge those identities together.

Users are connected to posts they author, to posts they react to, and to posts that mention them.

  • Post:

A Discord message, e.g. "Welcome to the SourceCred community!". A message node will be connected to its author (user node creating the message), emoji reactions to the message, and any users mentioned in the message with an "@".

  • Reaction:

A Discord emoji reaction, e.g. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿคฏ. When a user reacts to a message, a reaction node is created that is connected to the author of the reaction (user that reacted) and the message reacted to.


The Discord plugin creates the following kinds of edges (connections between nodes) in the contribution graph:

  • Authors:

An "authors" edge connects an author (user) to a message they created.

  • Reacts to:

A "Reacts to" edge connects a reaction (emoji) to the message reacted to.

  • Adds reaction:

An "Adds reaction" edge connects a reaction (emoji) to the author (user) of the reaction.


In order for SourceCred to be able to access your Discord server's messages, reactions and other data, it uses a simple bot whose only function is reading messages and reactions in your server. Creating the bot and adding it to your server will require admin permissions. You will also need to be logged into the Discord web app with the same account with admin permissions.

Below are the basic steps to create your bot, point it at your Discord server and optionally set custom emoji reaction weights.

1. Enable Developer Mode

Under User Settings -> Appearance -> Advanced, turn on 'Developer Mode'. This will give you the ability to right click on items and copy their Discord IDs.

2. Configure server ID

Right click on your server and click 'Copy ID'. Open the Discord plugin configuration file located at config/plugins/sourcecred/discord/config.json and paste the server ID into the guildId field.

3. Create Discord Application

Bots require an associated Discord application. In your browser, navigate to the Discord Developer Portal. Click the 'New Application' button. Discord will prompt you to enter the name of your application and a description of it. The name and description can be anything you want. The application is simply to give the bot the ability to communicate with Discord APIs.

Once you have created your application, click on the 'General Information' tab. You should see a CLIENT ID under the application name. Copy this ID. You'll need it later.

4. Create Bot

Click on the 'Bot' tab and click the 'Add bot' button. When prompted, confirm that you want to add the bot to the application. On the Bot tab, you should now see your bot. You should also see a 'TOKEN' field under the 'USERNAME' field. Copy this token for later.

Scroll down to the "Privileged Gateway Intents" section and enable the "server members intent" setting. This allows the bot to get a list of the members in your discord server.

5. Invite Bot to Server

You can invite your bot to your server by constructing a URL with the following format :

Permissions options:

  • 65536: Read Messages and Message History (minimum)
  • 66560: Read Channels, Messages and Message History [suggested]
  • 8: Admin

The CLIENT_ID is the application ID you copied in Step 3. For example, if your CLIENT_ID were 1234, the URL would be:


Paste this URL into the browser you're logged into Discord with, with admin permissions. You will then be prompted to select your server and give the bot permissions to read messages and message history.

  1. Set Environment Variable

You will need to create an environment variable named $SOURCECRED_DISCORD_TOKEN and set it to the bot token created in Step 4.

Running Locally

If youโ€™re running SourceCred locally, the environment variable can be set like any other. The one liner below will set the environment variable temporarily for the current terminal session:


Running on GitHub

If you have configured SourceCred to run automatically on GitHub, you'll need to add the bot token to the GitHub Action that updates scores. Check out GitHubโ€™s guide for how to add the token as a Secret that can be read by the Action.

  1. (Optional) Custom Weights

SourceCred can be configured to mint different amounts of Cred for different emojis . This is done by setting custom reaction weights in the Discord plugin configuration file: config/plugins/sourcecred/discord/config.json

If you want to change the weight for a default reaction, just put the reaction's literal emoji in config.json. For example, if you wanted the ๐Ÿ’œ emoji to have a weight that is 5 times a regular reaction, add the line "๐Ÿ’œ": 5 to the config.json, as shown below.

"guildId": "742885338065666150",
"reactionWeights": {
"๐Ÿ‘": 1,
"๐Ÿ’œ": 5,
"sourcecred:678399364418502669": 10

If you want to set a custom weight for a custom emoji, you'll first need to get the custom emoji ID. You can get this by right clicking on the custom emoji and clicking 'Copy Link'. This will give you a URL to an image of the emoji. The numeric substring in the URL is the emoji ID. For instance, below is the URL for a custom SourceCred emoji called :sourcecred_pink:.


The emoji ID is 745438325086879794. The reaction weight is then specified in config.json using the following format: $EMOJI_NAME:$EMOJI_ID. So if we want to have :sourcecred_pink: be 20 times a regular reaction, we would add the below line to config.json.

"sourcecred_pink:745438325086879794": 20

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