The Full API¶
While you have access to this, you should always use the friendly methods listed on Client Reference unless you have a better reason not to, like a method not existing or you wanting more control.
The TelegramClient doesn’t offer a method for every single request the Telegram API supports. However, it’s very simple to call or invoke any request. Whenever you need something, don’t forget to check the documentation and look for the method you need. There you can go through a sorted list of everything you can do.
The reason to keep both https://tl.telethon.dev and this
documentation alive is that the former allows instant search results
as you type, and a “Copy import” button. If you like namespaces, you
can also do
from telethon.tl import types, functions. Both work.
You should also refer to the documentation to see what the objects (constructors) Telegram returns look like. Every constructor inherits from a common type, and that’s the reason for this distinction.
Every request is a Python class, and has the parameters needed for you
to invoke it. You can also call
help(request) for information on
what input parameters it takes. Remember to “Copy import to the
clipboard”, or your script won’t be aware of this class! Now we have:
from telethon.tl.functions.messages import SendMessageRequest
If you’re going to use a lot of these, you may do:
from telethon.tl import types, functions # We now have access to 'functions.messages.SendMessageRequest'
How can we retrieve this InputPeer? We have two options. We manually construct one, for instance:
from telethon.tl.types import InputPeerUser peer = InputPeerUser(user_id, user_hash)
Or we call
import telethon async def main(): peer = await client.get_input_entity('someone') client.loop.run_until_complete(main())
await must occur inside an
Every full API example assumes you already know and do this.
When you’re going to invoke an API method, most require you to pass an
InputUser, InputChat, or so on, this is why using
is more straightforward (and often immediate, if you’ve seen the user before,
know their ID, etc.). If you also need to have information about the whole
entity = await client.get_entity('someone')
In the later case, when you use the entity, the library will cast it to
its “input” version for you. If you already have the complete user and
want to cache its input version so the library doesn’t have to do this
every time its used, simply call
from telethon import utils peer = utils.get_input_peer(entity)
v0.16.2 this is further simplified. The
client.get_input_entity for you when
required, but it’s good to remember what’s happening.
result = await client(SendMessageRequest(peer, 'Hello there!'))
Message sent! Of course, this is only an example. There are over 250 methods available as of layer 80, and you can use every single of them as you wish. Remember to use the right types! To sum up:
result = await client(SendMessageRequest( await client.get_input_entity('username'), 'Hello there!' ))
This can further be simplified to:
result = await client(SendMessageRequest('username', 'Hello there!')) # Or even result = await client(SendMessageRequest(PeerChannel(id), 'Hello there!'))
Note that some requests have a “hash” parameter. This is not
api_hash! It likely isn’t your self-user
It’s a special hash used by Telegram to only send a difference of new data that you don’t already have with that request, so you can leave it to 0, and it should work (which means no hash is known yet).
For those requests having a “limit” parameter, you can often set it to zero to signify “return default amount”. This won’t work for all of them though, for instance, in “messages.search” it will actually return 0 items.
Requests in Parallel¶
The library will automatically merge outgoing requests into a single container. Telegram’s API supports sending multiple requests in a single container, which is faster because it has less overhead and the server can run them without waiting for others. You can also force using a container manually:
async def main(): # Letting the library do it behind the scenes await asyncio.wait([ client.send_message('me', 'Hello'), client.send_message('me', ','), client.send_message('me', 'World'), client.send_message('me', '.') ]) # Manually invoking many requests at once await client([ SendMessageRequest('me', 'Hello'), SendMessageRequest('me', ', '), SendMessageRequest('me', 'World'), SendMessageRequest('me', '.') ])
Note that you cannot guarantee the order in which they are run. Try running the above code more than one time. You will see the order in which the messages arrive is different.
If you use the raw API (the first option), you can use
to tell the server that it should run the requests sequentially.
This will still be faster than going one by one, since the server
knows all requests directly:
await client([ SendMessageRequest('me', 'Hello'), SendMessageRequest('me', ', '), SendMessageRequest('me', 'World'), SendMessageRequest('me', '.') ], ordered=True)
If any of the requests fails with a Telegram error (not connection
errors or any other unexpected events), the library will raise
telethon.errors.common.MultiError. You can
and still access the successful results:
from telethon.errors import MultiError try: await client([ SendMessageRequest('me', 'Hello'), SendMessageRequest('me', ''), SendMessageRequest('me', 'World') ], ordered=True) except MultiError as e: # The first and third requests worked. first = e.results third = e.results # The second request failed. second = e.exceptions