Installing Limnoria on Windows

This guide is for installing Limnoria on Windows. If you don’t want to install on Windows, check out the non-Windows install guide.


Install Python

Download the latest Python 3 installer from, 3.11.2, as of 2023-03-14) and run it to install Python.

Installing Python is mostly clicking next, but in the next screen remember the destination directory where you installed Python. These instructions refer to it as C:\Python311\ which is the current name on 2023-03-14. If you downloaded a newer version, replace the version number with the new one.

Then you are asked to customize your installation. Click the drive on left side of “Python” text and select “Entire feature will be installed on local hard drive”.

Now Python installs itself which may take several minutes.

Python should be now installed and you can check that the “python” command points to correct python. Open cmd.exe (press the Windows button on your keyboard and type “cmd.exe”) and run where python and the toppernmost entry should be C:\Python311\python.exe.

Install Limnoria

Now we are ready to install Limnoria and it’s requirements. Open cmd.exe as Administrator (right click it in the previous place) and run:

python3 -m pip install -r --upgrade
python3 -m pip install limnoria --upgrade

We are now ready to configure Limnoria. Limnoria creates quite a few auxiliary files/directories to store its runtime data. It is thus recommended to create an empty directory from which you’ll be running Limnoria, to keep all the data in a nice dedicated location. For example, you may create a C:\Users\<username>\runbot for this purpose.

Configure Limnoria


For historical reasons, commands are called supybot; but they actually run Limnoria.

Now you open cmd.exe as normal user, and create and cd into your runbot directory:

mkdir runbot
cd runbot

and from within it run supybot-wizard:

python3 C:\Python311\Scripts\supybot-wizard

which will walk you through a series of questions to generate the bot config file.

One thing to make sure to do in the wizard, to make your life easier down the line, is to select y for the Would you like to add an owner user for your bot? question, and actually create the owner user. Remember that password, so that you can later ‘’identify’’ with the bot on IRC and administer it.

Once you generate the config file, which will be named yourbotnick.conf (where yourbotnick is the nick you have chosen for your bot in the wizard), it will be placed in your runbot directory. (As long as you leave the default answer to the Where would you like to create these directories? question.)

Now to start the bot, run, still from within the C:\users\<username>\runbot directory:

python3 C:\Python311\Scripts\supybot yourbotnick.conf

And watch the magic!

This guide has been mainly written by nanotube (Daniel Folkinshteyn), and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license and/or the GNU Free Documentation License v 1.3 or later.