Discord Plugins & How to Use Them
Discord is amazing, but sometimes it can be a little boring. Yeah, dark and light themes are great and all, but what if you could add some colour and get a little more creative? What if you could add cool features to your servers like call time clocks, Spotify controls, and badges in chat? Well, the good news is you can.
BetterDiscord is a program which allows you to install third party plugins that add cool new features to give you a better discord server. In this article we’ll show you how to use Discord addons and Discord server plugins. We’ll also discuss whether using plugins for Discord will get you banned.
Using plugins with Discord is technically against Discord’s terms of service and therefore it’s a bannable offense. It’s up to you whether you run that risk, but technically the answer is no.
Are plugins Bannable on Discord?
Yes, because using plugins is against Discord’s terms of service, using them is technically a bannable offense.
However, according to BetterDiscord’s FAQ section, Discord does not hand out bans for using BetterDiscord to use plugins, it only bans people if they use Better Discord to violate other terms of service. Here’s what they say in full:
“Discord does not hand out bans for simply using BetterDiscord. If you abuse the service to further violate discord's policies, you risk account suspension.”
Discord plugins can perform a wide range of functions to enhance your Discord experience. From simple visual enhancements such as themes, displaying call times and server creation dates, to more complex functionality enhancements such as adding Spotify controls and formatting tools – there’s a lot Discord plugins can do. Here are a few of the best BetterDiscord plugins.
It’s a simple one, but boy is it useful. Installing Double-click-to-edit lets you double click on messages you’ve sent in Discord to quickly edit them.
Another simple one, JoinedAtDate adds the date someone joined a server to their UserPopout and UserModal. A nice one to keep track of how long your community members have been around.
Get notifications of things happening in the Discord app with AppNotifications. Get notified when you, for example, have new messages or friends.
- Download their installer from here. Once it’s downloaded, open it.
- Agree to the license in the installer.
- Select "Install BetterDiscord" from the list of available options.
- Select your current Discord build.
- Click the "Install" button. Discord will restart with BetterDiscord installed.
Once you have BetterDiscord installed it’s easy to install Discord plugins.
- First find a plugin you want to install from the plugin page on the BetterDiscord website.
- Click the "Download" button on the plugin you want.
- In the Discord app open your Discord user settings and navigate to the plugins tab.
- Click the "Open plugins folder" button at the bottom of the page.
- Drag the file you downloaded into the newly opened plugin folder.
Using BetterDiscord isn’t illegal, it’s technically against Discord’s terms of service but you won’t get in any legal difficulty for using the program.
Is it bad to use BetterDiscord?
Absolutely not, if you want to add extra fun and functionality to your Discord then go ahead. There is a chance you’ll get banned but there’s nothing bad about it – just be aware of the risks.
BetterDiscord plugins are very easy to download and install, for a full guide please refer to the section on How to install discord plugins earlier in this guide.
Where are better Discord plugins?
When you download a Discord plugin it will go to your regular download location on your computer. To open the folder you need to move the plugin to in order to use it in Discord, open the Discord app, open your Discord user settings, and navigate to the plugins tab. At the bottom of the page click the "Open plugins folder". This is where you need to store plugins to use in Discord.
If you want to learn more about using Discord, we have loads of guides on our blog. Learn How to stream live with Discord, Discord Audio Settings You Need To Know and everything about Audio troubleshooting for Discord.