The Bot API is an HTTP-based interface created for developers keen on building bots for Telegram.
To learn how to create and set up a bot, please consult our Introduction to Bots »
You will find all changes to our Bot API on this page.
December 4, 2016
Introducing Bot API 2.3.1, a nifty little update that will give you more control over how your bot gets its updates.
- Use the new field max_connections in setWebhook to optimize your bot's server load
- Use allowed_updates in setWebhook and getUpdates to selectively subscribe to updates of a certain type. Among other things, this allows you to stop getting updates about new posts in channels where your bot is an admin.
- deleteWebhook moved out of setWebhook to get a whole separate method for itself.
November 21, 2016
Bot API 2.3
- Modified bot privacy mode for the sake of consistency.
Your bot can now get updates about posts in channels. Added new fields channel_post and edited_channel_post to Update.
You can now update high scores to a lower value by using the new force parameter in setGameScore. Handy for punishing cheaters or fixing errors in your game's High Score table.
- Starting today, messages with high scores will be updated with new high scores by default. Use disable_edit_message in setGameScore if you don't want this.
- The edit_message parameter from setGameScore is no longer in use. For backward compatibility, it will be taken into account for a while, unless disable_edit_message is passed explicitly.
- Added the new field forward_from_message_id to Message.
- Added the new parameter cache_time to answerCallbackQuery. Will eventually work in Telegram apps — somewhere after version 3.14, maybe 3.15.
- Renamed hide_keyboard to remove_keyboard in ReplyKeyboardRemove for clarity. hide_keyboard will still work for a while for backward compatibility.
October 3, 2016
Bot API 2.2. Introducing a new Gaming Platform! See this introduction for a brief overview.
If you're not a developer, you may like this user-friendly blog post better.
- New field all_members_are_administrators in the Chat object.
- Certain server responses may now contain the new parameters field with expanded info on errors that occurred while processing your requests.
May 25, 2016
May 22, 2016
- Bot API 2.1. Added more tools for group administrator bots. Your bot can now get a list of administrators and members count in a group, check a user's current status (administrator, creator, left the group, kicked from the group), and leave a group.
- Added new methods: getChat, leaveChat, getChatAdministrators, getChatMember, getChatMembersCount.
- Added support for edited messages and new mentions from Telegram v.3.9. New fields: edited_message in Update, edit_date in Message, user in MessageEntity. New value text_mention for the type field in MessageEntity.
May 12, 2016
May 6, 2016
- Added the field emoji to the Sticker object. Your bot can now know the emoji a sticker corresponds to.
- Added the field forward_from_chat to the Message object for messages forwarded from channels.
April 9, 2016
Introducing Bot API 2.0. Check out this page for a review of this major update.
- Added support for all content types available on Telegram. 19 types of InlineQueryResult objects are now supported.
- Inline bots can now substitute all kinds of content with text. Added 4 types of InputMessageContent objects.
- Your inline bot can also ask users for permission to use their location. Added the new Botfather command
/setinlinegeo, added field location to the InlineQuery object, added fields location and inline_message_id to the ChosenInlineResult object.
- Added an easy way to switch between inline mode and a private chat with the bot – useful for settings, establishing external connections and teaching users how to use your bot in inline mode. Added parameters switch_pm_text and switch_pm_parameter to the method answerInlineQuery.
February 20, 2016
- Added the disable_notification parameter to all methods that send messages or any kind.
- Removed backward compatibility from the method sendAudio. Voice messages now must be sent using the method sendVoice. There is no more need to specify a non-empty title or performer while sending the audio by file_id.
January 20, 2016
- By the way, you can use both HTML-style and markdown-style formatting in your bot's messages to send bold, italic or fixed-width text and inline links. All official Telegram clients support this. See Formatting options for details.
January 14, 2016
- You can now collect feedback on which results provided by your inline bot get chosen by the users. Added the
setinlinefeedback command for Botfather, new type ChosenInlineResult, new field chosen_inline_result to the Update object.
January 4, 2016
- Added support for supergroups. The Type field in the Chat object can now contain ‘supergroup’.
- New optional fields added to the Message object: supergroup_chat_created, migrate_to_chat_id, migrate_from_chat_id and channel_chat_created.
October 8, 2015
- Added initial channel support for bots (no Telegram clients support this at the moment, please wait for updates):
- The Chat field in the Message is now of the new type Chat.
- You can now pass a channel username (in the format
@channelusername) in the place of chat_id in all methods (and instead of from_chat_id in forwardMessage). For this to work, the bot must be an administrator in the channel (and that‘s exactly what Telegram clients don’t support yet — adding bots as administrators coming soon).
September 18, 2015
- Bots can now download files and media sent by users.
- Added getFile and File.
September 7, 2015
- You can now pass parameters using application/json (please note that this doesn't work for file uploads: use multipart/form-data to upload files).
- Added very basic markdown support. New field parse_mode added to sendMessage. For the moment messages with markdown will be displayed correctly only in Telegram for Android. Other official apps will catch up soon.
August 29, 2015
- Added support for self-signed certificates: upload your certificate using the certificate parameter in the setWebhook method.
- You can now make new requests when responding to webhook updates.
August 15, 2015
- Added new type Voice and new method sendVoice for sending voice messages.
- Earlier Audio and sendAudio should now be used for sending music files. Telegram clients will show such files in the in-app music player. If you were using sendAudio for your bot to send voice messages, please use sendVoice instead.
- Added optional fields performer, title to the Audio object and sendAudio method.
- Added optional field voice to the Message object.
- The thumb field is now optional for Video, Sticker and Document objects
- The API now supports both video and photo captions. The caption field has been removed from the Video object and added to the Message object instead.
- caption and duration optional fields have been added to the sendVideo method.
- Fixed typo: user_id in the Contact object is now correctly labeled as Integer, not String
June 24, 2015
The bot platform was officially launched.
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