What is a Telegram webhook – Telegram Bot API

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What is a Telegram webhook and how to set it up

Telegram is the famous cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. In today’s blog post we’re going to talk about the Telegram webhook, how to set one up and how to use Telegram webhooks with other tools.

In this post, you’ll learn all about Telegram webhooks, and how to create them and use them with other tools. 

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What is a Telegram webhook? 

The Telegram Webhook allows different applications and platforms to communicate and share data through the use of messages.

This communication occurs in real-time and is accomplished through the use of a Webhook Uniform Resource Locator (URL).

Using a Telegram Webhook Integration lets you share useful data with other third-party applications.

Creating webhooks is really easy.

How to set it up?

Firstly, setting up a Telegram webhook is really easy. 

Moreover, here is what Telegram offers in terms of APIs for developers:

  • the Bot API: allows you to easily create programs that use Telegram messages for an interface;
  • the Telegram API and TDLib allow you to build your own customized Telegram clients.

Finally, here are the steps to follow to create a Telegram webhook: 

  1. Obtain the Authorization Token
  2. Set Up your Google Spreadsheet
  3. Create a Loading Dock
  4. Store the Links in Variables
  5. Set Up the Webhook, Bot and the POST Requests

Moreover, you can learn more details about setting up Telegram Webhooks and the BOT API

What are the main benefits of using a Telegram webhook?

Firstly, using ta Telegram Webhook has lots of benefits:

  • Excellent choice if you need a simple solution for connecting to other apps 
  • An ideal choice for embedded messages  as well as automated messages
  • Allows you to receive timely notifications on your phone and laptops

How to use your Telegram webhook with other tools

Firstly, it’s important to remember that  Telegram offers two different API solutions for developers. 

For this example, we’re going to be using the Bot API. Learn more about the Telegram API options. Domotz is a network monitoring software and we also have an integration with Telegram. You can use a Telegram webhook to create a contact channel on Domotz to receive network and device events as alerts on Telegram.

How to use a Telegram webhook with Domotz

Domotz is able to send alerts directly to Telegram. This is pretty unique if compared to other network monitoring software.

How to use a Telegram webhook with Domotz

Setting up the Domotz and Telegram webhook integration is super fast and easy. 

  • Step1: You’ll need your Telegram API token to set up a  Telegram webhook on Domotz. 
  • Step 2:  you can start receiving Domotz alerts on Telegram by obtaining a chat ID for a chat or a group where your Telegram bot is in and where you want to receive the messages.

Set up your first Telegram webhook in Domotz. This will alert you of all the events that you want to monitor.

To learn more about the creation of the Telegram bot API token and how to obtain a Telegram Chat ID you should read our user guide!

What does webhook actually mean?

In case you’re interested in learning more about webhooks. We thought it would be useful to cover what exactly webhooks are and where they came from. 

The term “webhook” was coined by Jeff Lindsay in 2007 from the computer programming term hook. It has been gaining popularity over the years, and it is an important concept on the journey of a programmer.

A webhook is one of a few ways in which web applications can communicate with each other. In other words, it’s a way to automatically send messages or information between other web applications It allows users to send real-time data from one application to another mainly whenever a given event occurs. 

In web development, a webhook is a method of augmenting or also altering the behavior of a web page or web application with custom callbacks. The format is usually JSON. The request is done as an HTTP POST request.

We can also say that webhooks are “user-defined HTTP callbacks”.

Let’s use a real-life example to understand how webhooks function: 

Firstly, go to Github and drop a URL in a dedicated textbox (for their code post webhook). 

Now, when you post your code to Github, it will HTTP POST to your chosen URL with details about the code post.

Moreover, let’s try another example, using an online purchase. When you receive a message from your credit card app, that is app integration in action.

Webhooks today offer a lot of value as an instant notification mechanism.

Have specific events you care about? 

Use a webhook for those events and you’ll have the power and flexibility to integrate that event stream into your life.

Before we better understand how Telegram webhooks work, let’s define the word “event”.

Events are human triggered actions on an app. 

For example, sending messages to someone when a specific alert is triggered. 

Data is attached to each of these events. On Telegram, when you send a message to a bot, the time stamp, your user ID, your message ID and your message are all part of the data that gets generated.

Ready to try your first Telegram webhook?

If you are looking for an easy way to communicate with other applications, the Telegram webhook is for you. 

For instance, you can use the Telegram webhook with Domotz to receive alerts about network and device events from Domotz. 

Learn more about our network monitoring software.

Or read other helpful articles on what is SNMP, finding your SNMP OIDs and how to draw a network topology diagram.

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