discord.js 13 | How do i DM a member a message when they join the server?


I’ve been trying to find a way to DM a member a welcome message when they join the server. I have a way to DM the member, but I can’t find a way to trigger it when someone joins. here’s the code that will DM the member a message:
message.author.send('message content here')

Here’s the code that doesn’t seem to work:

bot.on("guildMemberAdd", member => {
    log("new member joined the server")
    member.send("Welcome to the server!");

Note: I have a function called log, this is not what’s causing the issue (i think), it’s declared before this

Thanks for any help 🙂


Your code isn’t working, most likely, because you haven’t requested the GUILD_MEMBERS intent which is necessary for the guildMemberAdd event.

Here is a simple example on how to request the GUILD_MEMBERS intent.

const { Client, Intents } = require("discord.js");
const bot = new Client({
    intents: [Intents.FLAGS.GUILDS, Intents.FLAGS.GUILD_MEMBERS],

Make sure you have also enabled it in your bot’s settings. (Bot -> Privileged Gateway Intents -> SERVER MEMBERS INTENT)

Answered By – Jakye

Answer Checked By – Candace Johnson (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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