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This library provides a pure Python interface for the Telegram Bot API. It's compatible with Python versions 3.6.8+. PTB might also work on PyPy, though there have been a lot of issues before. Hence, PyPy is not officially supported.
In addition to the pure API implementation, this library features a number of high-level classes to
make the development of bots easy and straightforward. These classes are contained in the
A pure API implementation without
telegram.ext is available as the standalone package
python-telegram-bot-raw. See here for details.
python-telegram-bot-raw in conjunction will result in undesired side-effects, so only install one of both.
All types and methods of the Telegram Bot API 5.3 are supported.
You can install or upgrade python-telegram-bot with:
$ pip install python-telegram-bot --upgrade
Or you can install from source with:
$ git clone https://github.com/python-telegram-bot/python-telegram-bot --recursive $ cd python-telegram-bot $ python setup.py install
In case you have a previously cloned local repository already, you should initialize the added urllib3 submodule before installing with:
$ git submodule update --init --recursive
PTB can be installed with optional dependencies:
pip install python-telegram-bot[passport]installs the cryptography library. Use this, if you want to use Telegram Passport related functionality.
pip install python-telegram-bot[ujson]installs the ujson library. It will then be used for JSON de- & encoding, which can bring speed up compared to the standard json library.
pip install python-telegram-bot[socks]installs the PySocks library. Use this, if you want to work behind a Socks5 server.
Our Wiki contains a lot of resources to get you started with
We believe that the best way to learn this package is by example. Here
are some examples for you to review. Even if it is not your approach for learning, please take a
echobot.py, it is the de facto base for most of the bots out there. Best of all,
the code for these examples are released to the public domain, so you can start by grabbing the
code and building on top of it.
This library uses the
logging module. To set up logging to standard output, put:
import logging logging.basicConfig(level=logging.DEBUG, format='%(asctime)s - %(name)s - %(levelname)s - %(message)s')
at the beginning of your script.
You can also use logs in your application by calling
logging.getLogger() and setting the log level you want:
logger = logging.getLogger() logger.setLevel(logging.INFO)
If you want DEBUG logs instead:
python-telegram-bot's documentation lives at readthedocs.io.
You can get help in several ways:
Occasionally we are asked if we accept donations to support the development. While we appreciate the thought, maintaining PTB is our hobby and we have almost no running costs for it. We therefore have nothing set up to accept donations. If you still want to donate, we kindly ask you to donate to another open source project/initiative of your choice instead.
You may copy, distribute and modify the software provided that modifications are described and licensed for free under LGPL-3. Derivatives works (including modifications or anything statically linked to the library) can only be redistributed under LGPL-3, but applications that use the library don't have to be.