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Telegram Bot - Telegram - Creating a Bot and Connecting it to Plugin


Telegram - Creating a Bot

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Telegram Resources

Official Telegram documentation: How To Create a Bot | @BotFather Commands

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Introduction

This article covers how to create a bot and then how to connect it to the plugin.


Creating a Bot

In order to create a Telegram Bot, follow these steps:

1) Start a chat with @BotFather on Telegram 

Either follow the link @BotFather or look for its username.

2) Write /newbot to @BotFather

3) Specify a friendly bot name

Friendly names can contain spaces. Example: CM Telegram Bot

4) Specify the bot username

Can't contain spaces and must end in "bot" 

Example: SuperCMTelegramBot

Your bot has been created!

You will now receive the access token.


Connecting Bot to Plugin

1) Copy the access token (API key)

You can find it on the BotFather message logs. 

Alternatively, message /token @xxx to it, with xxx being the botname. For example, /token @cmbot.

2) Paste it in plugin options

Head to WP Admin → CM Telegram Bot → Settings → API Settings tab. 

Copy the key to the Bot API Key field.

3) Copy Bot Username

In the same, tab fill the Bot Username field.

Username

Remember: the username is the one without spaces and ends with "bot"

4) Choose Default Sender Name

Finally, set the default sender name. It will be used when a rule has no sender name.

This concludes the API connection.

Next step: Telegram Bot - Telegram - Adding Bot to Group as Admin


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