How to Receive Picture, Video and Link Type Responses from SUSI kik Bot

In this blog, I will explain how to receive picture, video and link messages from SUSI Kik bot. To do so we have to implement these types in our code.

We will start off by making SUSI kik bot first. Follow this tutorial to make SUSI Kik bot. Next, we will implement picture, video, and link type messages from our bot. To implement these message types we need chatID and username of a user who has sent the message to our bot. To get the username of user we will use the following code:

bot.onTextMessage((message) => {
    var chartID = message.chatId;
    var Username;
    bot.getUserProfile(message.from)
        .then((user) => {
            message.reply(`Hey ${user.username}!`);
            Username = user.username;
        });

Now as we have got the chatID and username we will use these and post a request to https://api.kik.com/v1/message to send pictures, video, and link type messages. To post these requests use below code.

1) Picture:

To send picture type message we will define the type to picture,  URL of the picture to be sent to user and username of the user that we got from the code above.

request.post({
   url: "https://api.kik.com/v1/message",
   auth: {
       user: 'your-bot-name',
       pass: 'your-api-key'
   },
   json: {
       "messages": [
       {
           'chatId': chatID,
           'type': 'picture',
           'to': Username,
           'picUrl': answer
       }
       ]
   }
});

2) Video:

To send video type message we will define the type to video, URL of the video to be sent to the user and username of the user that we got from the code above. In this request, we can also set extra attributes like mute and autoplay.

request.post({
   url: "https://api.kik.com/v1/message",
   auth: {
       user: 'your-bot-name',
       pass: 'your-api-key'
   },
   json: {
     "messages": [
       {
           "chatId": "chatID",
           "type": "video",
           "to": "laura",
           "videoUrl": "http://example.kik.com/video.mp4",
           "muted": true,
           "autoplay": true,
           "attribution": "camera"
       }
   ]
   }
});

3) Link:
To send link type message to the user we will define the type of link, URL to be sent to the user and username of the user that we got from the code above.

request.post({
   url: "https://api.kik.com/v1/message",
   auth: {
       user: 'your-bot-name',
       pass: 'your-api-key'
   },
   json: {
     "messages": [
       {
           "chatId": "chatID",
           "type": "link",
           "to": "laura",
           "url": "url-to-send"
       }
   ]
   }
});

If you want to learn more about kik API refer to https://dev.kik.com/#/docs/messaging

Resources
Kik API reference: https://dev.kik.com/#/docs/messaging

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How to make SUSI kik bot

To make SUSI kik bot first you have to configure a bot. To configure bot go to https://dev.kik.com/ and make your bot by scanning code from your kik mobile app.You have to answer following questions from botsworth and make your bot.

 

After logging in to your dashboard get your api key by going to configuration menu on top.

After your bot is setup follow given steps to create your first susi kik bot.

Steps:

  1. Install Node.js from the link below on your computer if you haven’t installed it already.
    https://nodejs.org/en/
  2. Create a folder with any name and open shell and change your current directory to the new folder you created.
  3. Type npm init in command line and enter details like name, version and entry point.
  4. Create a file with the same name that you wrote in entry point in above given step. i.e index.js and it should be in same folder you created.
  5. Type following commands in command line  npm install –save @kikinteractive/kik. After @kikinteractive/kik is installed type npm install –save http after http is installed type npm install –save request when all the modules are installed check your package.json these modules will be included within dependencies portion.

  6. Your package.json file should look like this.

     
    {
     "name": "susi_kikbot",
       "version": "1.0.0",
     "description": "susi kik bot",
     "main": "index.js",
     "scripts": {
       "test": "node tests/sample.js"
     },
     "license": "MIT",
     "dependencies": {
       "@kikinteractive/kik": "^2.0.11",
       "request": "^2.75.0"
     }
    }
    
    
  7. Copy following code into file you created i.e index.js and add your bot name to it in place of username.

    var http = require('http');
    var Bot = require('@kikinteractive/kik');
    var request = require('request')
    var answer;
     
    var bot = new Bot({
     
        username: '<your-bot-name>',
        apiKey: process.env.API_KEY,
        baseUrl: process.env.HEROKU_URL
     
    });
     
    bot.updateBotConfiguration();
     
    bot.onTextMessage((message) => {
     
        request('http://api.asksusi.com/susi/chat.json?q=' + encodeURI(query), function(error, response, body) {
     
            if (!error && response.statusCode == 200) {
     
                answer = JSON.parse(body).answers[0].actions[0].expression;
     
            } else {
     
                answer = "Oops, Looks like Susi is taking a
                break, She will be back soon";
     
            }
     
        });
     
        message.reply(answer)
    });
     
    http.createServer(bot.incoming()).listen(process.env.PORT || 5000)
    
    
  8. Before deploying our bot to heroku so that it can be active we have to make a github repository for chatbot to make github repository follow these steps.In shell change current directory to folder we created above and  write
    git init
    git add .
    git commit -m”initial”
    git remote add origin <URL for remote repository>
    git remote -v
    git push -u origin master

    You will get URL for remote repository by making repository on your github and copying this link of your repository.

  9. To deploy your bot to heroku you need an account on Heroku and after making an account make an app.

     

  10. Deploy app using github deployment method.
  11. Select Automatic deployment method.
  12. Go to settings of your app and config variables and paste your API key for bot to this and name it as API_KEY and get your heroku app url and make a variable for it named HEROKU_URL.
  13. Your susi bot is ready now test it by massaging it.

If you want to learn more about kik API then refer to https://dev.kik.com/#/docs/messaging

 

Resources:

Github Repository: https://github.com/fossasia/susi_kikbot
KIK bot API: https://dev.kik.com/#/docs/messaging

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