Telegram polling

Telegram chatbot polling implementation.

This is one of two bot implementations supported by Telegram. Your Home Assistant instance does not have to be exposed to the internet. The other implementation method is Telegram webhooks, described by Telegram as the preferred implementation but requires your Home Assistant instance to be exposed to the internet.


To integrate this into Home Assistant, add the following section to your configuration.yamlThe configuration.yaml file is the main configuration file for Home Assistant. It lists the integrations to be loaded and their specific configurations. In some cases, the configuration needs to be edited manually directly in the configuration.yaml file. Most integrations can be configured in the UI.[Learn more] file:

# Example configuration.yaml entry
  - platform: polling
    api_key: YOUR_API_KEY
      - 123456789 # example id of a user
      - -987654321  # example id of a group, starts with a -

Configuration Variables

allowed_chat_ids list Required

A list of ids representing the users and group chats that are authorized to interact with the bot.

api_key string Required

The API token of your bot.

parse_mode string (Optional, default: markdown)

Default parser for messages if not explicit in message data, either html or markdown.

proxy_url string (Optional)

Proxy URL if working behind one, optionally including username and password. (socks5://username:password@proxy_ip:proxy_port).

To get your chat_id and api_key follow the instructions here.