Creating a Telegram Bot with Python: A Step-by-Step Guide

Telegram is a popular messaging app that allows users to send messages, share media, and even create groups and channels. With the help of Telegram bots, users can automate tasks, interact with other users, and access useful information right within the app. In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create your own Telegram bot using Python.


Before we get started, make sure you have the following:

  1. A Telegram account
  2. Python 3 installed on your computer
  3. The python-telegram-bot library installed

You can install the python-telegram-bot library using pip:

pip install python-telegram-bot

Step 1: Create a New Bot

To create a new bot, you need to talk to the BotFather, which is a bot that allows you to create and manage your own bots. To do this, open Telegram and search for "BotFather". Once you find the BotFather, send him the command "/newbot" and follow the instructions to create a new bot. BotFather will give you an API token that you will need later.

Step 2: Set Up Your Development Environment

Now that you have your API token, it's time to set up your development environment. Open your favorite code editor and create a new Python file. We'll call ours

Step 3: Import the python-telegram-bot Library

The next step is to import the python-telegram-bot library. Add the following code to the top of your file:

from telegram.ext import Updater, CommandHandler

This code imports the Updater and CommandHandler classes from the telegram.ext module.

Step 4: Set Up the Updater

The Updater class is the core of the python-telegram-bot library. It handles all incoming updates and dispatches them to the appropriate handlers. To set up the updater, add the following code:

updater = Updater(token='YOUR_API_TOKEN', use_context=True)

Replace "YOUR_API_TOKEN" with the API token you received from BotFather.

Step 5: Define a Command Handler

A command handler is a function that is called when a user sends a specific command to the bot. For example, if a user sends the command "/start" to the bot, the start command handler is called. To define a command handler, add the following code:

def start(update, context):, text="Hello, I'm a bot!")

This code defines the start function, which sends a "Hello, I'm a bot!" message to the user who sent the "/start" command.

Step 6: Register the Command Handler

To register the start command handler, add the following code:

updater.dispatcher.add_handler(CommandHandler('start', start))

This code adds the start command handler to the updater's dispatcher.

Step 7: Start the Bot

To start the bot, add the following code:


This code starts the bot and begins listening for updates.


Here's the full code for creating a Telegram bot using Python:

from telegram.ext import Updater, CommandHandler 
def start(update, context):, text="Hello, I'm a bot!"
def main(): 
    # Set up the Updater with your bot's API token 
    updater = Updater(token='YOUR_API_TOKEN', use_context=True
    # Get the dispatcher to register handlers 
    dispatcher = updater.dispatcher 
    # Define a command handler 
    start_handler = CommandHandler('start', start)
    # Start the bot 
if __name__ == '__main__'

Replace "YOUR_API_TOKEN" with the API token you received from BotFather.

Once you've added your API token, save the file as and run it using the following command:


Step 8: Test Your Bot

To test your bot, open Telegram and send the "/start" command to your bot. If everything is working correctly, your bot should respond with a "Hello, I'm a bot!" message.


In this tutorial, we showed you how to create your own Telegram bot using Python. We covered the basics


  1. Telegram Bot API:
  2. python-telegram-bot library documentation:
  3. "Building a Telegram Bot with Python" tutorial by Twilio:
  4. "How to create a Telegram bot in Python" tutorial by Python Circle:
  5. "Creating a Telegram bot using Python" tutorial by DevDungeon:

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