Create a bot with Bot Service

Bot Service provides the core components for creating bots, including the Bot Builder SDK for developing bots and the Bot Framework for connecting bots to channels. Bot Service provides five templates you can choose from when creating your bots with support for .NET and Node.js. In this topic, learn how to use Bot Service to create a new bot that uses the Bot Builder SDK.

Log in to Azure

Log in to the Azure portal.

Tip

If you do not already have a subscription, you can register for a free account.

Create a new bot service

  1. Click the New button found on the upper left-hand corner of the Azure portal, then select AI + Cognitive Services > Web App bot.

  2. A new blade will open with information about the Web App Bot. Click the Create button to start the bot creation process.

  3. In the Bot Service blade, provide the requested information about your bot as specified in the table below the image.
    Create Web App Bot blade

    Setting Suggested value Description
    Bot name Your bot's display name The display name for the bot that appears in channels and directories. This name can be changed at anytime.
    Subscription Your subscription Select the Azure subscription you want to use.
    Resource Group myResourceGroup You can create a new resource group or choose from an existing one.
    Location The default location Select the geographic location for your resource group. Your location choice can be any location listed, though it's often best to choose a location closest to your customer. The location cannot be changed once the bot is created.
    Pricing tier F0 Select a pricing tier. You may update the pricing tier at any time. For more information, see Bot Service pricing.
    App name A unique name The unique URL name of the bot. For example, if you name your bot myawesomebot, then your bot's URL will be http://myawesomebot.azurewebsites.net. The name must use alphanumeric and underscore characters only. There is a 35 character limit to this field. The App name cannot be changed once the bot is created.
    Bot template Basic Choose either C# or Node.js and select the Basic template for this quickstart, then click Select. The Basic template creates an echo bot. Learn more about the templates.
    App service plan/Location Your app service plan Select an app service plan location. Your location choice can be any location listed, though it's often best to choose a location closest to your customer. (Not available for Functions Bot.)
    Azure Storage Your Azure storage account You can create a new data storage account or use an existing one. By default, the bot will use Table Storage.
    Application Insights On Decide if you want to turn Application Insights On or Off. If you select On, you must also specify a regional location. Your location choice can be any location listed, though it's often best to choose a location closest to your customer.
    Microsoft App ID and password Auto create App ID and password Use this option if you need to manually enter a Microsoft App ID and password. Otherwise, a new Microsoft App ID and password will be created for you in the bot creation process.

    Note

    If you are creating a Functions Bot, you will not see an App service plan/Location field. Instead, you will see a Hosting plan field. In that case, choose a Hosting plan.

  4. Click Create to create the service and deploy the bot to the cloud. This process may take several minutes.

Confirm that the bot has been deployed by checking the Notifications. The notifications will change from Deployment in progress... to Deployment succeeded. Click Go to resource button to open the bot's resources blade.

Tip

For performance reasons, Functions Bot running Node.js templates have already been packaged using the Azure Functions Pack tool. The Azure Functions Pack tool takes all the Node.js modules and combined them into one *.js file. For more information, see Azure Functions Pack.

Test the bot

Now that your bot is created, test it in Web Chat. Enter a message and your bot should respond.

Next steps

In this topic, you learned how to create a Basic Web App Bot/Functions Bot by using Bot Service and verified the bot's functionality by using the built-in Web Chat control within Azure. Now, learn how to manage your bot and start working with its source code.