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.yaml 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 (socks5://proxy_ip:proxy_port).

proxy_params string (Optional)

Proxy configuration parameters, as dict, if working behind a proxy (username, password, etc.).

To get your chat_id and api_key follow the instructions here.