Play music in Discord with a bot

Listening to music with other people is one of the great joys of using Discord. Not only can you game together, but thanks to Discord you can do many more things as a party. Now you could connect Spotify to Discord and start a listening party, but there is another excellent way to listen to music on Discord: with a bot. Let’s see how to play music properly on Discord.

Read more: How to add bots to a Discord server


To play music on Discord, you invite a bot like FredBoat to your Discord server. From there, you can use various commands to find the music you want to play in a voice channel.

Add a music bot to Discord (FredBoat)

There are many different music bots that you can invite to your Discord server. For this exercise we will use FredBoat.

Visit the FredBoat website or the website of whatever music bot you want to add to your Discord server. Click Sign In and sign in to your Discord account.

login button on fredboat

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On the FredBoat♪♪, to access your Discord account page, scroll down and click Authorize. This is the same for any music bot you want to invite to your server.

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click invite to server

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On the next page, under ADD TO SERVER, click the down arrow to open the Select a server drop-down menu. Click on the server you want to add the bot to, then click Authorize at the bottom.

authorize the bot

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Return to Discord and your music bot will appear as a user on your server. We set up a separate text channel in advance called “#fredboatcommands”, and FredBoat posted a message there explaining how to use the platform.

fredboat in the server

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Using FredBoat

Music bots differ in the way they perform commands. FredBoat is very simple, and if you’re ever confused about the music playback controls, you can always type ;;commands all into any text channel to get the full list of FredBoat commands.

fredboat commands

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If you know the name of the song you want to play

Join a voice channel on your Discord server. In any text channel – and yes, any text channel will work because of the permissions you granted FredBoat during the invite process – type ;;play [name of your song]† FredBoat searches for that song on YouTube, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

play what song fredboat

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FredBoat responds directly in the text channel with five options. Choose the one you want to play by typing ;;play 1 23, 4 or 5.

start playing a song from the list fredboat 1

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After FredBoat responds with the desired song, it will join your voice channel and start playing that song. To stop the music, type ;;stop into the channel.

If you have the URL for your song

Join a voice channel on your Discord server. Then go to any text channel and type ;;play [paste your song URL]† In this example, we’ll use a URL from YouTube.

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Google has recently started removing music bots like Rythm and Groovy. As a result, Discord promotes the “Watch Together” feature, which allows you to watch YouTube videos with other people.

Can you connect Apple Music to Discord?

No, there is no way to connect Apple Music to Discord.


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