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Create Your First Bot With Microsoft Bot Framework






What Is A Bot Framework?





Setting Up The Bot Environment




  1. Install visual studio (if not installed on your system). I have installed visual studio 2019 on my machine.
  2. Download the file "BotFramework-Emulator-main.zip" (you can download it from the link provided by the end of this article) and copy it on the following path.
  3. C:\Users\<user_name>\Documents\Visual Studio 2019\Templates\ProjectTemplates\Visual C#


  4. Download the emulator from the following link - https://github.com/Microsoft/BotFramework-Emulator/releases/tag/v4.5.2
  5. Picture showing the bot framework setup file download link for windows

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  6. Once the setup is downloaded, install the emulator.
  7. To show the Microsoft Bot Framework template in the visual studio, download vsix file of "Bot Framework v4 SDK Templates for Visual Studio" from visual studio marketplace
  8. Picture showing the download button for downloading Bot Framework v4 SDK Templates for Visual Studio vsix file

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Create Your First Project




  1. Click on the "New" → "Project…"
  2. A popup window will appear where you can select the project type. Select the project type as "Bot Application".
  3. Picture showing selecting the Bot Framework project type from the visual studio project template

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  4. Once the project is created, click on the option "Manage NuGet Packages..."
  5. Once the NuGet window will open. This message will appear - "Some NuGet packages are missing from this solution. Click to restore from your online package sources". Click on the "Restore" button.
  6. Picture showing the nuget package screen for installing the nuget packages

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Run The Bot




  1. Run the Bot application. You will get the following first screen.
  2. Picture showing the endpoint of the bot service on the browser

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  3. Change the URL from http://localhost:3979/ to http://localhost:3979/api/messages
  4. Following screen will come.
  5. Picture showing the endpoint of the bot service on the browser with messages controller

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  6. Now open the bot emulator. Go to File Open Bot.
  7. A pop up window will come.
  8. Picture showing a window to connect to the bot service endpoint

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  9. Enter the "Bot URL" as http://localhost:3979/api/messages and click on the "Connect" button.
  10. Your chat window will appear. Enter the text "hi" and you will get the following output.
  11. Picture showing the output of the first chatbot

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Download Botframework-Emulator-Main.Zip



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Posted By  -  Karan Gupta
 
Posted On  -  Monday, October 12, 2020
 
Updated On  -  Monday, August 16, 2021

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