Installation Linux (Ubuntu / Debian)

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Let's start by installing several dependencies:

apt-get update
apt-get install -y x11vnc xvfb libxcursor1 ca-certificates bzip2 libnss3 libegl1-mesa x11-xkb-utils libasound2

On Debian and some Ubuntu versions you might as well have to install, so at least try

apt-get install libglib2.0-0

In case of Ubuntu 18.04: Depending on the Ubuntu installation the universe repository of Ubuntu is not activated, resulting in missing packages for required dependencies x11vnc and xvfb. When said problem ocurrs, enable the universe repository by using following command:

add-apt-repository universe
apt-get update

After all required dependencies are installed, let's assume that you're going to install the bot to /opt/sinusbot and are using the user sinusbot with the group sinusbot. We will install the bot with root then switch to this user account when running the bot.

You will need to create an new user sinusbot on your server, so to do so type the following command.

adduser --disabled-login sinusbot

This created user is used to start the bot with usual user privileges (which is highly recommended!), as the bot should not run as root for security-reasons.

Next we will create and prepare the folder where Sinusbot will be installed to, by issuing following commands as the root user:

mkdir -p /opt/sinusbot # create folder
chown -R sinusbot:sinusbot /opt/sinusbot # grant sinusbot user permissions on specified folder

(If you're using another user/group than “sinusbot”, replace sinusbot:sinusbot with yourusername:yourusergroup)

Then we will switch over to the recently created user dedicated for the sinusbot, change the working directory and to download the latest Sinusbot release:

su sinusbot
cd /opt/sinusbot

If that command results in SSL-Errors, you can alternatively try

curl -O

Next, extract the bot:

tar -xjf sinusbot.current.tar.bz2

Copy the configuration (if you haven't started the bot before)

cp config.ini.dist config.ini

Now you need to download the TeamSpeak 3 Client and install it.

chmod 0755

You will need to accept the terms. You do this by pressing enter to scroll through the text or press q to simply go to the end.

Now you need to configure the ini-File of the bot to match your directories.

nano config.ini

Make sure that the TS3Path is correct (if you followed this tutorial step by step, it should already match):

TS3Path = "/opt/sinusbot/TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/ts3client_linux_amd64"

Close the editor (Ctrl+O, Enter, Ctrl+X).

Remove the file '' from the clients 'xcbglintegrations' directory:

rm TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/xcbglintegrations/

Create the plugins folder in the ts3client directory:

mkdir TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/plugins

And finally copy the plugin to the plugins-directory of the TeamSpeak-Installation

cp plugin/ TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/plugins/

Just to make sure that the bot is executable, enter

chmod 755 sinusbot

(This instructions needs to be done using the sinusbot user.)

Make sure you're using the latest version:

cd /opt/sinusbot
tar -xjvf sinusbot.current.tar.bz2
cp plugin/ TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/plugins/

If you are updating from 3.X to 3.1.X then you need to remove the data/ts3 directory and the file as well:

rm -rf data/ts3
rm TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/xcbglintegrations/

As the bot won't run as root you will need to switch to the user that you have installed the bot on, if you followed the tutorial, this will be 'sinusbot“. To do this use the following command:

su sinusbot

Starting the bot


Stopping the bot

Ctrl + C

If you want to keep the bot running when you exit out of the terminal follow the instruction on how to install a startscript.

Now login at http://<your ip>:8087/ with user admin and the password provided on first run. (see FAQ on how to reset)

Detailed instructions on how to install the sinusbot on docker can be found on the github page. You can also check out the image directly on Docker Hub.

docker run -d -p 8087:8087 \
           -v scripts:/opt/sinusbot/scripts \
           -v data:/opt/sinusbot/data \
           --name sinusbot sinusbot/docker

If the bot doesn't connect and you only see a “INFO TSClient quit” every time you try to start the bot via the webinterface, you might need to set your locale info manually when starting up the bot. Try to start it with

LC_ALL="en_US.UTF-8" ./sinusbot

Exchange en_US.UTF-8 to whatever locale you're using.

If that still doesn't help, try to manually start a TS client instance and see if that reports something useful:

xinit /opt/sinusbot/TeamSpeak3-Client-linux_amd64/ts3client_linux_amd64 -- /usr/bin/Xvfb :1 -screen 0 800x600x16 -ac

If you used the startscript check the status by systemctl status sinusbot.service. Other logs from the stdout you can see by using journalctl -u sinusbot.service --since "1 hour ago".

(This instructions needs to be done using the root user.)
Either download it directly with curl -o /lib/systemd/system/sinusbot.service or create a file at /lib/systemd/system/sinusbot.service with the following content:

Description=Sinusbot, the Teamspeak 3 and Discord music bot.

ExecStartPre=/bin/rm -f /tmp/.sinusbot.lock
ExecStopPost=/bin/rm -f /tmp/.sinusbot.lock


Adjust the following placeholders to your installation:

placeholder description example
YOUR_USER Your user who starts the bot sinusbot
YOUR_PATH_TO_THE_BOT_BINARY Your path to the SinusBot binary /opt/sinusbot/sinusbot
YOUR_PATH_TO_THE_BOT Your path to the SinusBot install directory /opt/sinusbot

Reload systemd: systemctl daemon-reload

Enable autostart (optional): systemctl enable sinusbot

Start the sinusbot: systemctl start sinusbot