Simple app for Telegram bot in Django





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A simple app to develop Telegram bots with Django


The full documentation is at https://django-telegrambot.readthedocs.org.

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  • IMPORTANT ver 1.0.0 : If you upgrade from a previous version, you MUST change how to include django_telegrambot.urls and modify your settings.py.


Install django-telegrambot::

pip install django-telegrambot

Configure your installation

Add django_telegrambot in INSTALLED_APPS ::


And set your bots::

    #Django Telegram Bot settings


        'MODE' : 'WEBHOOK', #(Optional [str]) # The default value is WEBHOOK,
                            # otherwise you may use 'POLLING'
                            # NB: if use polling you must provide to run
                            # a management command that starts a worker

        'WEBHOOK_SITE' : 'https://mywebsite.com',
        'WEBHOOK_PREFIX' : '/prefix', # (Optional[str]) # If this value is specified,
                                      # a prefix is added to webhook url

        #'WEBHOOK_CERTIFICATE' : 'cert.pem', # If your site use self-signed
                         #certificate, must be set with location of your public key
                         #certificate.(More info at https://core.telegram.org/bots/self-signed )

        'STRICT_INIT': True, # If set to True, the server will fail to start if some of the
                             # apps contain telegrambot.py files that cannot be successfully
                             # imported.

        'BOTS' : [
               'TOKEN': '123456:ABC-DEF1234ghIkl-zyx57W2v1u123ew11', #Your bot token.

               #'ALLOWED_UPDATES':(Optional[list[str]]), # List the types of
                               #updates you want your bot to receive. For example, specify
                               #``["message", "edited_channel_post", "callback_query"]`` to
                               #only receive updates of these types. See ``telegram.Update``
                               #for a complete list of available update types.
                               #Specify an empty list to receive all updates regardless of type
                               #(default). If not specified, the previous setting will be used.
                               #Please note that this parameter doesn't affect updates created
                               #before the call to the setWebhook, so unwanted updates may be
                               #received for a short period of time.

               #'TIMEOUT':(Optional[int|float]), # If this value is specified,
                               #use it as the read timeout from the server

               #'WEBHOOK_MAX_CONNECTIONS':(Optional[int]), # Maximum allowed number of
                               #simultaneous HTTPS connections to the webhook for update
                               #delivery, 1-100. Defaults to 40. Use lower values to limit the
                               #load on your bot's server, and higher values to increase your
                               #bot's throughput.
               # 'MESSAGEQUEUE_ENABLED':(Optinal[bool]), # Make this True if you want to use messagequeue

               # 'MESSAGEQUEUE_ALL_BURST_LIMIT':(Optional[int]), # If not provided 29 is the default value

               # 'MESSAGEQUEUE_ALL_TIME_LIMIT_MS':(Optional[int]), # If not provided 1024 is the default value

               # 'MESSAGEQUEUE_REQUEST_CON_POOL_SIZE':(Optional[int]), # If not provided 8 is the default value

               #'POLL_INTERVAL' : (Optional[float]), # Time to wait between polling updates from Telegram in
                               #seconds. Default is 0.0

               #'POLL_CLEAN':(Optional[bool]), # Whether to clean any pending updates on Telegram servers before
                               #actually starting to poll. Default is False.

               #'POLL_BOOTSTRAP_RETRIES':(Optional[int]), # Whether the bootstrapping phase of the `Updater`
                               #will retry on failures on the Telegram server.
                               #|   < 0 - retry indefinitely
                               #|     0 - no retries (default)
                               #|   > 0 - retry up to X times

               #'POLL_READ_LATENCY':(Optional[float|int]), # Grace time in seconds for receiving the reply from
                               #server. Will be added to the `timeout` value and used as the read timeout from
                               #server (Default: 2).
            #Other bots here with same structure.


Include in your urls.py the django_telegrambot.urls (NB: If you upgrade from a previous version, you MUST change how to include django_telegrambot.urls. Never set prefix here!)::

    urlpatterns = [
        url(r'^', include('django_telegrambot.urls')),

Then use it in a project creating a module telegrambot.py in your app ::

    # Example code for telegrambot.py module
    from telegram.ext import CommandHandler, MessageHandler, Filters
    from django_telegrambot.apps import DjangoTelegramBot

    import logging
    logger = logging.getLogger(__name__)

    # Define a few command handlers. These usually take the two arguments bot and
    # update. Error handlers also receive the raised TelegramError object in error.
    def start(bot, update):
        bot.sendMessage(update.message.chat_id, text='Hi!')

    def help(bot, update):
        bot.sendMessage(update.message.chat_id, text='Help!')

    def echo(bot, update):
        bot.sendMessage(update.message.chat_id, text=update.message.text)

    def error(bot, update, error):
        logger.warn('Update "%s" caused error "%s"' % (update, error))

    def main():
        logger.info("Loading handlers for telegram bot")

        # Default dispatcher (this is related to the first bot in settings.DJANGO_TELEGRAMBOT['BOTS'])
        dp = DjangoTelegramBot.dispatcher
        # To get Dispatcher related to a specific bot
        # dp = DjangoTelegramBot.getDispatcher('BOT_n_token')     #get by bot token
        # dp = DjangoTelegramBot.getDispatcher('BOT_n_username')  #get by bot username

        # on different commands - answer in Telegram
        dp.add_handler(CommandHandler("start", start))
        dp.add_handler(CommandHandler("help", help))

        # on noncommand i.e message - echo the message on Telegram
        dp.add_handler(MessageHandler([Filters.text], echo))

        # log all errors


  • Multiple bots

  • Admin dashboard available at /admin/django-telegrambot

  • Polling mode by management command (an easy to way to run bot in local machine, not recommended in production!)

    ``(myenv) $ python manage.py botpolling --username=<username_bot>``
  • Supporting messagequeues


Patches and bug reports are welcome, just please keep the style consistent with the original source.

Running Tests

Does the code actually work?


source <YOURVIRTUALENV>/bin/activate
(myenv) $ pip install -r requirements-test.txt
(myenv) $ python runtests.py

Sample Application

There a sample application in sampleproject directory. Here is installation instructions:

  1. Install requirements with command

    pip install -r requirements.txt
  2. Copy file local_settings.sample.py as local_settings.py and edit your bot token

    cp sampleproject/local_settings.sample.py sampleproject/local_settings.py
    nano sampleproject/local_settings.py
  3. Run Django migrations

    python manage.py migrate
  4. Run server

    python manage.py runserver
  5. If WEBHOOK Mode setted go to 8

  6. If POLLING Mode setted, open in your browser http://localhost/

  7. Open Django-Telegram Dashboard http://localhost/admin/django-telegrambot and follow instruction to run worker by management command botpolling. Then go to 10

  8. To test webhook locally install ngrok application and run command

    ./ngrok http 8000
  9. Change WEBHOOK_SITE and ALLOWED_HOSTS in local_settings.py file

  10. Start a chat with your bot using telegram.me link avaible in Django-Telegram Dashboard at http://localhost/admin/django-telegrambot


Required package:

  • Python Telegram Bot_

.. _Python Telegram Bot: https://github.com/python-telegram-bot/python-telegram-bot

Tools used in rendering this package:

  • Cookiecutter_

.. _Cookiecutter: https://github.com/audreyr/cookiecutter

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