Getting Started

Simple Installation

pip3 install telethon

More details: Installation

Creating a client

from telethon import TelegramClient, sync

# These example values won't work. You must get your own api_id and
# api_hash from, under API Development.
api_id = 12345
api_hash = '0123456789abcdef0123456789abcdef'

client = TelegramClient('session_name', api_id, api_hash).start()

More details: Creating a Client

Basic Usage

# Getting information about yourself
me = client.get_me()

# Sending a message (you can use 'me' or 'self' to message yourself)
client.send_message('username', 'Hello World from Telethon!')

# Sending a file
client.send_file('username', '/home/myself/Pictures/holidays.jpg')

# Retrieving messages from a chat
from telethon import utils
for message in client.iter_messages('username', limit=10):
    print(utils.get_display_name(message.sender), message.message)

# Listing all the dialogs (conversations you have open)
for dialog in client.get_dialogs(limit=10):
    print(, dialog.draft.text)

# Downloading profile photos (default path is the working directory)

# Once you have a message with .media (if
# you can download it using client.download_media(),
# or even using message.download_media():
messages = client.get_messages('username')

More details: TelegramClient

See telethon.client package for all available friendly methods.

Handling Updates

from telethon import events

@client.on(events.NewMessage(incoming=True, pattern='(?i)hi'))
async def handler(event):
    await event.reply('Hello!')


More details: Working with Updates

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