Build a Telegram Chatbot in Python
Nowadays there are many articles like ‘build a chatbot without any code’. But somebody still feels comfortable with codes. I’ll tell you here about to build a chatbot rapidly with BotHub.Studio.
Creating a Telegram Bot
Search @BotFather in telegram search box. Or use https://t.me/BotFather directly.
Create a new bot by telling him
username should not be duplicated. Give it a creative and unique name. Keep the access token BotFather gave you to use later.
Connect to Chatbot
First, create an account on BotHub.Studio which is a chatbot hosting service, and install CLI tool using the command below:
$ pip install bothub-cli
$ bothub configure
Create a project directory:
$ mkdir MyBot
$ cd MyBot
$ bothub init
A template code will be generated after
| |-- bot.py
| `-- __init__.py
Primary template code, specifically
bot.py contains an echo bot code which mimics a user message.
Now we use the telegram access token BotFather gave:
$ bothub channel add telegram — api-key=<api-key>
And deploy the project to server:
$ bothub deploy
Send a message to your chatbot and see it works well.
You can find your chatbot by searching @username in telegram search box or html link to https://t.me/<username>.