Getting your own trading bot can be a nice way of making profit but knowing how to get started can be confusing as hell. My experience with bots is only with sites that offers a bot services, where I just login and start using the bot without any need to program my bot, in my opinion these are the best trading bots to start with if you’re new to bots, and this list of will consist of mostly those kinds of services. But I will make sure to also include a few link in the end of the guide on where you should turn if you’re interested in coding your own Steam trading bot.
Also a quick note, all the bots in this list are integrated with Steamrep, so you don’t have to worry about trading with known scammers.
Free TF2 & CSGO Trading Bots (services without coding)
Dispenser.tf is a site that let’s you use their bots to sell your TF2/CSGO/Dota 2/Steam items. It’s an easy way to get started with automated trading. You simply deposit your items onto the dispenser.tf bot, set your price and let the bot do the trading for you. If you want to trade Steam games you need donate and get premium VIP (cost like $50) but if you only want to trade with CSGO, TF2 & Dota 2 items you can use the bots for free.
- Great for trading Steam games
- Supports TF2/CSGO/Dota/Steam items
- Free to use but the site takes a small fee on some trades. And to trade Steam gifts you need VIP (which cost money)
- Deposit your items to their bots and they do the trading for you
Trade.tf let’s you create your very own TF2 trading bot for free, the setup for this bot is very simple, just install a greasemonkey script and your bot is up and running. Then you set a price and sell the items in your TF2 inventory, if the bot gets a trade offer that matches your set price it will accept it. There’s also a banking feature for a limited amount of items, with this feature you can tell the bot at which price you should buy an item and at which price you should sell a certain item.
All the trading is done automatic by the bot but one of the downsides is that you have to have your internet browser opened for this bot to work. To use all the bots features, like item banking and accepting overpay & donations you need to have Pro membership on the site, this doesn’t cost anything and you get this by adding “trade.tf” to your Steam name.
- Only for TF2 items
- Has to have a internet browser open to work (Firefox/Chrome)
- No need for a extra bot account, all trades go through your own Steam account
Bazaar.tf is a trading site where you can list your Steam items sale and find deals from other traders, but they also have a automated function on the site called Buy now. This let’s you when you create your sell listing to deposit your item(s) into Bazaar’s trading bots, then other traders on the site can trade directly with the bot and the bot will do all the work for you. This is a free feature on the site. Keep in mind Bazaar.tf isn’t the most active trading site.
- Deposit your items and let the bot do all the work, set & forget.
- The bot supports TF2 & Dota 2 items
- Site is not so active, and the bot only works on the site (though you can send people to your Bazaar bot so that doesn’t have to be a problem)
Backpack.tf automatic is a trading bot for the TF2 trading website Backpack.tf, on the site you can create buy & sell listings for pretty much any TF2 item, with this bot all the incoming trade offers that match your listings on the site will be accepted. It’s a bit more tweaking then the previous sites but it’s still very easy to get started. The bot is free to use.
Head over to the backpack.tf forums if you need help with the bot.
- Only works with your Backpack.tf listings (TF2 items)
- All trades go through your account
- Software has to be open for the bot to be online (you host it)
Paid Options for Steam trading bots
There´s not that many open Steam bot projects, there’s plenty of people that sell customized bots, but those bots can be expensive to buy. The next trading bot on the list is more of a budget option to the custom made Steam trading bots out there.
Bot.tf Tf2 trading bot costs $10/month making it one of the more expensive bots on this list. This bot service gives you a bot filled with different features hosted on their servers (online 24/7)
One of the best features for me is the bank item feature, you can choose any TF2 item and set whatever price you’re buy it for and what you should sell it for, the bot then automaticity creates buy & sell listings on Backpack.tf. You can also simply pick a item from your inventory and set a price to sell it for, if the bot gets a incoming trade offers that matches your price it accepts it.
The two biggest downside at the moment is that the bot only works with TF2 items, and also if you look over at backpack.tf there’s a lot of other traders using bots, so the competition is rather high (this problem applies to all the TF2 bots on this list, but it effects this bot more because it has a monthly fee, so it’s a investment to get this bot) There’s plans on adding CSGO & Steam items support to the bot in the future, that’s something I’m really looking forward to.
Definitely the best trading bot on this list (except if you’re coding your own bot, then that has a lot of potential). Though it can be quite a hefty investment to get this bot if you’re not planing to trade that much. For a list of all the bots features you can head over to their site.
- Cost $10/month
- Only TF2 items at the moment
- Hosted on their server (always online)
The link above is my referral link, if you use it and buy the bot I get paid a small sum, which is nice for me, but doesn’t affect you in any way.
Code your own Trading bot
If you know how to code the sky is the limit really, I have no experience in coding my own trading bot but from what I read about coding your own bot it’s a lot of work, but you can make some pretty spectacular trading bots for CS:GO, TF2, Dota 2 or Steam items. If you want to get started I suggest you start with the Steambot, you can find the source code in the link below. There’s also a subbreddit for the bot where you can find resources to get you started. This is nothing for beginners though and you need to know how to code.
Would appreciate help with finding more links/guides/videos on how to make your own bot, leave a comment on this post if you have any suggestions.
Confirm the trade..
If you’re using your own bot or some of the bots on this list (trade.tf’s bot for example) you will run into trouble with always having to confirm trades manually in your Steam app, there’s a workaround for that, you can use SteamDesktopAuthenticator, it’s basically confirms the trades for you. I haven’t tried this myself but I’m guessing you need some basic coding knowledge to get this to work. This has the same creator as the Steambot. (you can also check out the source code for it if you’re sceptic about it)
What to do with a Trading Bot?
You might be interested in a trading bot but your not sure what you’re suppose to do with it, there’s shitloads of ways you can make profit with a customized bot that you coded yourself, and if you’re using a service like Trade.tf, Bazaar.tf or Backpack.tf bot then your options are limited of course. Below I thought I’d share some ideas to get you started on how you can make a profit with trading bots, with both trading bot services and if you would create your very own bot from scratch.
- Use Trade.tf or Backpack.tf’s bot (or your own bot) to easily sell large quantity of items with little effort. You can for example buy cheap TF2 inventory with money from people wanting to cash out, using a bot to sell & trade all these items will speed things up.
- Trade.tf has built in banking feature for a number of TF2 items. Set a price you want to buy a item for and a price you want to sell it for, won’t make you rich but it’s automated profit.
Ideas for a custom-made bot
More coming soon..