Welcome to Python Telegram Bot’s documentation!

Below you can find the documentation for the python-telegram-bot library. except for the .ext package most of the objects in the package reflect the types as defined by the telegram bot api.

Changelog

Changes

2018-05-02 Released 10.1.0

Fixes changing previous behaviour:

  • Add urllib3 fix for socks5h support (#1085)
  • Fix send_sticker() timeout=20 (#1088)

Fixes:

  • Add a caption_entity filter for filtering caption entities (#1068)
  • Inputfile encode filenames (#1086)
  • InputFile: Fix proper naming of file when reading from subprocess.PIPE (#1079)
  • Remove pytest-catchlog from requirements (#1099)
  • Documentation fixes (#1061, #1078, #1081, #1096)

2018-04-17 Released 10.0.2

Important fix:

  • Handle utf8 decoding errors (#1076)

New features:

  • Added Filter.regex (#1028)
  • Filters for Category and file types (#1046)
  • Added video note filter (#1067)

Fixes:

  • Fix in telegram.Message (#1042)
  • Make chat_id a positional argument inside shortcut methods of Chat and User classes (#1050)
  • Make Bot.full_name return a unicode object. (#1063)
  • CommandHandler faster check (#1074)
  • Correct documentation of Dispatcher.add_handler (#1071)
  • Various small fixes to documentation.

2018-03-05 Released 10.0.1

Fixes:

  • Fix conversationhandler timeout (PR #1032)
  • Add missing docs utils (PR #912)

2018-03-02 Released 10.0.0

Non backward compatabile changes and changed defaults

  • JobQueue: Remove deprecated prevent_autostart & put() (PR #1012)
  • Bot, Updater: Remove deprecated network_delay (PR #1012)
  • Remove deprecated Message.new_chat_member (PR #1012)
  • Retry bootstrap phase indefinitely (by default) on network errors (PR #1018)

New Features

  • Support v3.6 API (PR #1006)
  • User.full_name convinience property (PR #949)
  • Add send_phone_number_to_provider and send_email_to_provider arguments to send_invoice (PR #986)
  • Bot: Add shortcut methods reply_{markdown,html} (PR #827)
  • Bot: Add shortcut method reply_media_group (PR #994)
  • Added utils.helpers.effective_message_type (PR #826)
  • Bot.get_file now allows passing a file in addition to file_id (PR #963)
  • Add .get_file() to Audio, Document, PhotoSize, Sticker, Video, VideoNote and Voice (PR #963)
  • Add .send_*() methods to User and Chat (PR #963)
  • Get jobs by name (PR #1011)
  • Add Message caption html/markdown methods (PR #1013)
  • File.download_as_bytearray - new method to get a d/led file as bytearray (PR #1019)
  • File.download(): Now returns a meaningful return value (PR #1019)
  • Added conversation timeout in ConversationHandler (PR #895)

Changes

  • Store bot in PreCheckoutQuery (PR #953)
  • Updater: Issue INFO log upon received signal (PR #951)
  • JobQueue: Thread safety fixes (PR #977)
  • WebhookHandler: Fix exception thrown during error handling (PR #985)
  • Explicitly check update.effective_chat in ConversationHandler.check_update (PR #959)
  • Updater: Better handling of timeouts during get_updates (PR #1007)
  • Remove unnecessary to_dict() (PR #834)
  • CommandHandler - ignore strings in entities and “/” followed by whitespace (PR #1020)
  • Documentation & style fixes (PR #942, PR #956, PR #962, PR #980, PR #983)

2017-12-08 Released 9.0.0

Breaking changes (possibly)

  • Drop support for python 3.3 (PR #930)

New Features

  • Support Bot API 3.5 (PR #920)

Changes

  • Fix race condition in dispatcher start/stop (#887)
  • Log error trace if there is no error handler registered (#694)
  • Update examples with consistent string formatting (#870)
  • Various changes and improvements to the docs.

2017-10-15 Released 8.1.1

  • Fix Commandhandler crashing on single character messages (PR #873).

2017-10-14 Released 8.1.0

New features - Support Bot API 3.4 (PR #865).

Changes - MessageHandler & RegexHandler now consider channel_updates. - Fix command not recognized if it is directly followed by a newline (PR #869). - Removed Bot._message_wrapper (PR #822). - Unitests are now also running on AppVeyor (Windows VM). - Various unitest improvements. - Documentation fixes.

2017-09-01 Released 8.0.0

New features

  • Fully support Bot Api 3.3 (PR #806).
  • DispatcherHandlerStop (see docs).
  • Regression fix for text_html & text_markdown (PR #777).
  • Added effective_attachment to message (PR #766).

Non backward compatible changes

  • Removed Botan support from the library (PR #776).
  • Fully support Bot Api 3.3 (PR #806).
  • Remove de_json() (PR #789).

Changes

  • Sane defaults for tcp socket options on linux (PR #754).
  • Add RESTRICTED as constant to ChatMember (PR #761).
  • Add rich comparison to CallbackQuery (PR #764).
  • Fix get_game_high_scores (PR #771).
  • Warn on small con_pool_size during custom initalization of Updater (PR #793).
  • Catch exceptions in error handlerfor errors that happen during polling (PR #810).
  • For testing we switched to pytest (PR #788).
  • Lots of small improvements to our tests and documentation.

2017-07-28 Released 7.0.1

  • Fix TypeError exception in RegexHandler (PR #751).
  • Small documentation fix (PR #749).

2017-07-25 Released 7.0.0

  • Fully support Bot API 3.2.
  • New filters for handling messages from specific chat/user id (PR #677).
  • Add the possibility to add objects as arguments to send_* methods (PR #742).
  • Fixed download of URLs with UTF-8 chars in path (PR #688).
  • Fixed URL parsing for Message text properties (PR #689).
  • Fixed args dispatching in MessageQueue’s decorator (PR #705).
  • Fixed regression preventing IPv6 only hosts from connnecting to Telegram servers (Issue #720).
  • ConvesationHandler - check if a user exist before using it (PR #699).
  • Removed deprecated telegram.Emoji.
  • Removed deprecated Botan import from utils (Botan is still available through contrib).
  • Removed deprecated ReplyKeyboardHide.
  • Removed deprecated edit_message argument of bot.set_game_score.
  • Internal restructure of files.
  • Improved documentation.
  • Improved unitests.

2017-06-18

Released 6.1.0

  • Fully support Bot API 3.0
  • Add more fine-grained filters for status updates
  • Bug fixes and other improvements

2017-05-29

Released 6.0.3

  • Faulty PyPI release

2017-05-29

Released 6.0.2

  • Avoid confusion with user’s urllib3 by renaming vendored urllib3 to ptb_urllib3

2017-05-19

Released 6.0.1

  • Add support for User.language_code
  • Fix Message.text_html and Message.text_markdown for messages with emoji

2017-05-19

Released 6.0.0

2017-04-17

Released 5.3.1

  • Hotfix release due to bug introduced by urllib3 version 1.21

2016-12-11

Released 5.3

  • Implement API changes of November 21st (Bot API 2.3)
  • JobQueue now supports datetime.timedelta in addition to seconds
  • JobQueue now supports running jobs only on certain days
  • New Filters.reply filter
  • Bugfix for Message.edit_reply_markup
  • Other bugfixes

2016-10-25

Released 5.2

  • Implement API changes of October 3rd (games update)
  • Add Message.edit_* methods
  • Filters for the MessageHandler can now be combined using bitwise operators (& and |)
  • Add a way to save user- and chat-related data temporarily
  • Other bugfixes and improvements

2016-09-24

Released 5.1

  • Drop Python 2.6 support
  • Deprecate telegram.Emoji
  • Use ujson if available
  • Add instance methods to Message, Chat, User, InlineQuery and CallbackQuery
  • RegEx filtering for CallbackQueryHandler and InlineQueryHandler
  • New MessageHandler filters: forwarded and entity
  • Add Message.get_entity to correctly handle UTF-16 codepoints and MessageEntity offsets
  • Fix bug in ConversationHandler when first handler ends the conversation
  • Allow multiple Dispatcher instances
  • Add ChatMigrated Exception
  • Properly split and handle arguments in CommandHandler

2016-07-15

Released 5.0

2016-07-12

Released 4.3.4

  • Fix proxy support with urllib3 when proxy requires auth

2016-07-08

Released 4.3.3

  • Fix proxy support with urllib3

2016-07-04

Released 4.3.2

  • Fix: Use timeout parameter in all API methods

2016-06-29

Released 4.3.1

  • Update wrong requirement: urllib3>=1.10

2016-06-28

Released 4.3

  • Use urllib3.PoolManager for connection re-use
  • Rewrite run_async decorator to re-use threads
  • New requirements: urllib3 and certifi

2016-06-10

Released 4.2.1

  • Fix CallbackQuery.to_dict() bug (thanks to @jlmadurga)
  • Fix editMessageText exception when receiving a CallbackQuery

2016-05-28

Released 4.2

  • Implement Bot API 2.1
  • Move botan module to telegram.contrib
  • New exception type: BadRequest

2016-05-22

Released 4.1.2

  • Fix MessageEntity decoding with Bot API 2.1 changes

2016-05-16

Released 4.1.1

  • Fix deprecation warning in Dispatcher

2016-05-15

Released 4.1

  • Implement API changes from May 6, 2016
  • Fix bug when start_polling with clean=True
  • Methods now have snake_case equivalent, for example telegram.Bot.send_message is the same as telegram.Bot.sendMessage

2016-05-01

Released 4.0.3

  • Add missing attribute location to InlineQuery

2016-04-29

Released 4.0.2

  • Bugfixes
  • KeyboardReplyMarkup now accepts str again

2016-04-27

Released 4.0.1

  • Implement Bot API 2.0
  • Almost complete recode of Dispatcher
  • Please read the Transition Guide to 4.0
  • Changes from 4.0rc1
    • The syntax of filters for MessageHandler (upper/lower cases)
    • Handler groups are now identified by int only, and ordered
  • Note: v4.0 has been skipped due to a PyPI accident

2016-04-22

Released 4.0rc1

2016-03-22

Released 3.4

  • Move Updater, Dispatcher and JobQueue to new telegram.ext submodule (thanks to @rahiel)
  • Add disable_notification parameter (thanks to @aidarbiktimirov)
  • Fix bug where commands sent by Telegram Web would not be recognized (thanks to @shelomentsevd)
  • Add option to skip old updates on bot startup
  • Send files from BufferedReader

2016-02-28

Released 3.3

  • Inline bots
  • Send any file by URL
  • Specialized exceptions: Unauthorized, InvalidToken, NetworkError and TimedOut
  • Integration for botan.io (thanks to @ollmer)
  • HTML Parsemode (thanks to @jlmadurga)
  • Bugfixes and under-the-hood improvements

Very special thanks to Noam Meltzer (@tsnoam) for all of his work!

2016-01-09

Released 3.3b1

  • Implement inline bots (beta)

2016-01-05

Released 3.2.0

  • Introducing JobQueue (original author: @franciscod)
  • Streamlining all exceptions to TelegramError (Special thanks to @tsnoam)
  • Proper locking of Updater and Dispatcher start and stop methods
  • Small bugfixes

2015-12-29

Released 3.1.2

  • Fix custom path for file downloads
  • Don’t stop the dispatcher thread on uncaught errors in handlers

2015-12-21

Released 3.1.1

  • Fix a bug where asynchronous handlers could not have additional arguments
  • Add groups and groupdict as additional arguments for regex-based handlers

2015-12-16

Released 3.1.0

  • The chat-field in Message is now of type Chat. (API update Oct 8 2015)
  • Message now contains the optional fields supergroup_chat_created, migrate_to_chat_id, migrate_from_chat_id and channel_chat_created. (API update Nov 2015)

2015-12-08

Released 3.0.0

  • Introducing the Updater and Dispatcher classes

2015-11-11

Released 2.9.2

  • Error handling on request timeouts has been improved

2015-11-10

Released 2.9.1

  • Add parameter network_delay to Bot.getUpdates for slow connections

2015-11-10

Released 2.9

  • Emoji class now uses bytes_to_native_str from future 3rd party lib
  • Make user_from optional to work with channels
  • Raise exception if Telegram times out on long-polling

Special thanks to @jh0ker for all hard work

2015-10-08

Released 2.8.7

  • Type as optional for GroupChat class

2015-10-08

Released 2.8.6

  • Adds type to User and GroupChat classes (pre-release Telegram feature)

2015-09-24

Released 2.8.5

  • Handles HTTP Bad Gateway (503) errors on request
  • Fixes regression on Audio and Document for unicode fields

2015-09-20

Released 2.8.4

  • getFile and File.download is now fully supported

2015-09-10

Released 2.8.3

  • Moved Bot._requestURL to its own class (telegram.utils.request)
  • Much better, such wow, Telegram Objects tests
  • Add consistency for str properties on Telegram Objects
  • Better design to test if chat_id is invalid
  • Add ability to set custom filename on Bot.sendDocument(..,filename='')
  • Fix Sticker as InputFile
  • Send JSON requests over urlencoded post data
  • Markdown support for Bot.sendMessage(..., parse_mode=ParseMode.MARKDOWN)
  • Refactor of TelegramError class (no more handling IOError or URLError)

2015-09-05

Released 2.8.2

  • Fix regression on Telegram ReplyMarkup
  • Add certificate to is_inputfile method

2015-09-05

Released 2.8.1

  • Fix regression on Telegram objects with thumb properties

2015-09-04

Released 2.8

  • TelegramError when chat_id is empty for send* methods
  • setWebhook now supports sending self-signed certificate
  • Huge redesign of existing Telegram classes
  • Added support for PyPy
  • Added docstring for existing classes

2015-08-19

Released 2.7.1

  • Fixed JSON serialization for message

2015-08-17

Released 2.7

  • Added support for Voice object and sendVoice method
  • Due backward compatibility performer or/and title will be required for sendAudio
  • Fixed JSON serialization when forwarded message

2015-08-15

Released 2.6.1

  • Fixed parsing image header issue on < Python 2.7.3

2015-08-14

Released 2.6.0

  • Depreciation of require_authentication and clearCredentials methods
  • Giving AUTHORS the proper credits for their contribution for this project
  • Message.date and Message.forward_date are now datetime objects

2015-08-12

Released 2.5.3

  • telegram.Bot now supports to be unpickled

2015-08-11

Released 2.5.2

  • New changes from Telegram Bot API have been applied
  • telegram.Bot now supports to be pickled
  • Return empty str instead None when message.text is empty

2015-08-10

Released 2.5.1

  • Moved from GPLv2 to LGPLv3

2015-08-09

Released 2.5

  • Fixes logging calls in API

2015-08-08

Released 2.4

  • Fixes Emoji class for Python 3
  • PEP8 improvements

2015-08-08

Released 2.3

  • Fixes ForceReply class
  • Remove logging.basicConfig from library

2015-07-25

Released 2.2

  • Allows debug=True when initializing telegram.Bot

2015-07-20

Released 2.1

  • Fix to_dict for Document and Video

2015-07-19

Released 2.0

  • Fixes bugs
  • Improves __str__ over to_json()
  • Creates abstract class TelegramObject

2015-07-15

Released 1.9

  • Python 3 officially supported
  • PEP8 improvements

2015-07-12

Released 1.8

  • Fixes crash when replying an unicode text message (special thanks to JRoot3D)

2015-07-11

Released 1.7

  • Fixes crash when username is not defined on chat (special thanks to JRoot3D)

2015-07-10

Released 1.6

  • Improvements for GAE support

2015-07-10

Released 1.5

  • Fixes randomly unicode issues when using InputFile

2015-07-10

Released 1.4

  • requests lib is no longer required
  • Google App Engine (GAE) is supported

2015-07-10

Released 1.3

  • Added support to setWebhook (special thanks to macrojames)

2015-07-09

Released 1.2

  • CustomKeyboard classes now available
  • Emojis available
  • PEP8 improvements

2015-07-08

Released 1.1

  • PyPi package now available

2015-07-08

Released 1.0

  • Initial checkin of python-telegram-bot

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