Bots are special Telegram accounts designed to handle messages automatically. Users can interact with bots by sending them command messages in private or group chats. These accounts serve as an interface for code running somewhere on your server.



$ npm install telegraf --save

Using yarn

$ yarn add telegraf

Telegram token

To use the Telegram Bot API, you first have to get a bot account by chatting with BotFather.

BotFather will give you a token, something like 123456789:AbCdfGhIJKlmNoQQRsTUVwxyZ.


const Telegraf = require('telegraf')

const app = new Telegraf(process.env.BOT_TOKEN)
app.command('start', ({ from, reply }) => {
  console.log('start', from)
  return reply('Welcome!')
app.hears('hi', (ctx) => ctx.reply('Hey there!'))
app.on('sticker', (ctx) => ctx.reply('👍'))
const Telegraf = require('telegraf')
const { reply } = Telegraf

const bot = new Telegraf(process.env.BOT_TOKEN)
bot.command('/oldschool', (ctx) => ctx.reply('Hello'))
bot.command('/modern', ({ reply }) => reply('Yo'))
bot.command('/hipster', reply('λ'))

There's some cool examples.

Quick start

Step-by-step instructions for building and deploying basic bot with 🤖 micro-bot (Telegraf high level wrapper).

Community bots

Community quickstarts