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Upload (and download) files to Telegram up to 2 GiB using your account

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Telegram-upload uses your personal Telegram account to upload and download files up to 2GiB (bots are limited to 50 MiB). Turn Telegram into your personal cloud!

To install telegram-upload, run this command in your terminal:

$ sudo pip3 install -U telegram-upload

This is the preferred method to install telegram-upload, as it will always install the most recent stable release. More info in the documentation

To use this program you need an Telegram account and your App api_id/api_hash (get it in The first time you use telegram-upload it requests your telephone, api_id and api_hash. Bot tokens can not be used with this program (bot uploads are limited to 50MB). To send files (by default it is uploaded to saved messages):

$ telegram-upload file1.mp4 /path/to/file2.mkv

Credentials are saved in ~/.config/telegram-upload.json and ~/.config/telegram-upload.session. You must make sure that these files are secured. You can copy these files to authenticate telegram-upload on more machines, but it is advisable to create a session file for each machine. Upload options are available in the documentation.

You can download the files again from your saved messages (by default) or from a channel. All files will be downloaded until the last text message.

$ telegram-download

The --delete-on-success option allows you to delete the Telegram message after downloading the file. This is useful to send files to download to your saved messages and avoid downloading them again. You can use this option to download files on your computer away from home.

Read the documentation for more info.

Interactive mode

The interactive option (--interactive) allows you to choose the dialog and the files to download or upload with a terminal wizard. It even supports mouse!

$ telegram-upload --interactive    # Interactive upload
$ telegram-download --interactive  # Interactive download


  • Upload multiples files (up to 2GiB per file)

  • Download files.

  • Add video thumbs.

  • Delete local or remote file on success.


Run telegram-upload without installing it on your system using Docker. Instead of telegram-upload and telegram-download you should use upload and download. Usage:

docker run -v <files_dir>:/files/
           -v <config_dir>:/config
           -it nekmo/telegram-upload:master
           <command> <args>
  • <files_dir>: upload or download directory.

  • <config_dir>: Directory that will be created to store the telegram-upload configuration. It is created automatically.

  • <command>: upload and download.

  • <args>: telegram-upload and telegram-download arguments.

For example:

docker run -v /media/data/:/files/
           -v $PWD/config:/config
           -it nekmo/telegram-upload:master
           upload file_to_upload.txt

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