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How to build a Telegram Bot

Steps to create a new bot:

  1. Open the Telegram app and search for the BotFather bot.
  2. Start a chat with BotFather by clicking the "Start" button.
  3. Send the command /newbot to BotFather to create a new bot.
  4. Follow the instructions from BotFather and provide a name and username for your bot.
  5. After creating the bot, BotFather will provide you with a token.
  6. To test your bot, open a chat with your bot by searching for its username and send a message.
  7. You can also customize your bot by sending commands to BotFather, such as /setdescription and /setuserpic.

Optionally, you can also create a channel for publishing.


After creating a new bot, you will have the Bot API Token.

Next, place these keys in the environment or configuration file:

  • WAYBACK_TELEGRAM_CHANNEL: Channel ID for publishing (optional).
  • WAYBACK_TELEGRAM_HELPTEXT: Provide a help message for users to reference (optional).

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Last update: March 7, 2023
Created: March 7, 2023