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Not just a Python wrapper around the Telegram Bot API

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Not just a Python wrapper around the Telegram Bot API

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This library provides a pure Python interface for the Telegram Bot API. It works with Python versions from 2.6+ (Note: Support for 2.6 will be dropped at some point this year. 2.7 will still be supported). It also works with Google App Engine.

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 telegram.ext submodule.

Telegram API support

As of 28. May 2016, all types and methods of the Telegram Bot API are supported.


You can install or upgrade python-telegram-bot with:

$ pip install python-telegram-bot --upgrade

Getting started

Our Wiki contains a lot of resources to get you started with python-telegram-bot:

Other references:

Learning by example

We believe that the best way to learn and understand this simple package is by example. So here are some examples for you to review. Even if it’s not your approach for learning, please take a look at echobot2 (below), it is de facto the 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.

Look at the examples on the wiki to see other bots the community has built.


This library uses the logging module. To set up logging to standard output, put:

import logging
                    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()

If you want DEBUG logs instead:



python-telegram-bot’s documentation lives at

Getting help

You can get help in several ways:

  1. We have a vibrant community of developers helping each other in our Telegram group. Join us!

  2. Our Wiki pages offer a growing amount of resources.

  3. You can ask for help on Stack Overflow using the python-telegram-bot tag.

  4. As last resort, the developers are ready to help you with serious issues.


Contributions of all sizes are welcome. Please review our contribution guidelines to get started. You can also help by reporting bugs.


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.

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