Discord is quite versatile, allowing you to edit a server in any way you want. This also includes editing and removing messages.
However, if you sometimes delete a message by mistake and you want to undo that or if you want to see someone’s deleted messages, there are ways you can do that.
Discord’s Audit Log
Usually, most solutions to these types of questions for Discord is to add a bot to your server. But, that is not the case this time as there is a built-in audit log, allowing admins to get an insight into the messages sent in a text channel.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see exactly what the message was, only when it was deleted, in which channel, and by who.
The audit log can also show other types of helpful information, showing the actions of your moderators/admins. For example, you can check who they’ve kicked, added, banned, etc.
To access the audit log, you will need to head into the server’s settings. So, either click on the server name at the top-left of the Discord screen and select Server Settings or right-click your server’s icon, also located to the left of your screen.
Once you’ve accessed the settings, look for a tab named “Audit Log” and click on it. You should now have an overview of the most recently deleted and edited messages.
Using A Bot
If you need more insight into the deleted messages, you will need a different solution than the audit log.
Fortunately, like always, someone has made a bot that can provide a solution to the problem. A bot that records all messages and actions related to them.
At the time of writing, the most popular such bot is YAGPDB (Yet Another General Purpose Bot), so we will use this one for the guide.
The first thing you will need to do to use the chat logging feature is to add the bot to your server. We already have a step-by-step guide for adding bots to Discord, but since the YAGPDB inclusion process is a bit specific, we’ll explain it in this article.
Start by heading over to the YAGPDB website and then click the Add To Server tab in the top menu. You’ll be redirected to a page to log in to Discord. Once that is done, you will get access to the bot’s control panel.
There are tons of settings here, allowing you to fully customize the bot, but we’ll ignore that for now. Click on Select Server (top-right) and select the server you want the bot to join. This will start the process of customizing.
In step 1, a prefix is required that will be used to call on the bot’s commands. By default, the prefix is dash (-), and you can leave it at that.
You can skip the next 4-5 steps if you don’t care about the bot’s ability for moderation and you want to have a look at deleted messages.
With that done, head back to Discord and into your server.
Now to call on the log to see all the deleted messages on your server, type -log, and the bot will immediately respond with a link. Click on the link.
BetterDiscord’s Message Log
BetterDiscord is an open-source alternative to Discord. Better yet, it is an unofficial update to the Discord application.
It’s not perfect as it’s made by a team of around 60 people, which isn’t necessarily a small team, but in comparison with the official team of Discord, it’s probably relatively small.
Either way, it provides users with a lot more freedom and new useful features. What’s even cooler is that other developers can create plugins compatible with BetterDiscord. For example, in those many plugins, there is one that can provide you with a log of deleted messages.
Look for a folder labeled “plugin” in the installation directory of BetterDiscord. Default directory should be: C:/Users/Username/AppData/Roaming/BetterDiscord/Plugins.
Restart Discord and then go to User Settings and in the Plugins tab. In there, you should be able to see the MessageLoggerV2. Enable it, and the plugin will start recording a log of all the messages of all the servers you have joined. So, even if a message is deleted, you can always check the logger.
The message log plugin can be accessed through User Settings.
These are the best methods you can use to see deleted or edited messages on Discord. However, we recommend using the bot as it provides enough information while being easy to implement.