How to create a chatbot for Telegram without programs? - Step by step guide

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In version 3.0 of this application it is The presence of bots has been included and thanks to the versatility of this instant messaging network, the functions a bot can perform include the ability to respond to its users to the ability to conduct and send automatic surveys.

Despite everything, many users don't know what are the bots e how do they work, so in this article we will explain what bots are, what they are for and how to create a chatbot for Telegram without programs.



What are bots and what can they do?

Bots are robots, in fact that's where they get their name from, which they can act independently on the internet through a few simple commands.

These bots are software that automatically act to execute mechanical tasks cyclically for an indefinite time at a speed much faster than a human could do.

Bots have been around for a long time. However, in recent years they have become very popular due to the uses they have been assigned as a supply a customer service to be able to respond to user concerns.

In general, bots are used to assist users of a website in real time, in order to solve a problem or generate sales for the company in question.

 

How to create a bot?

Creating a bot that can automatically reply to chats is not a complex procedure. In fact, there are many companies that offer this type of services, in case you need it and don't have the time to schedule it.

Otherwise, it can be done by a programmer which designs a simple command so that the bot can answer user questions.



Steps to create a chatbot for Telegram

First, in order to use a chatbot on Telegram, you will need to receive a Telegram Token, that is a key to be able to validate your operations safely. When you have it, you need to use it and Google's tools to launch it.

Once this is achieved, the procedure is simple. The first thing to do is to send, via Telegram, a message to @BotFather where you will have to write "/ newbot".

Then the bot will ask you what name you will give your bot. At this point it is important to note that the name must end with the word bot. If all goes well and the name is available, @BotFather will verify the creation of your bot for you.

 

Once this step is finished, we will need to configure the privacy of our bot. For this we will have to write the command «/ setprivacy» followed by our bot quoting it with its @.

After that, @Botfather will respond with the possible ones options you will need to configure for your account. You can choose to have your bot only reply to messages that mention it or to receive any messages.


Program the Telegram bot to reply to messages

After finishing all the previous procedure, we will have our bot; however, it will be a relatively useless bot that will not be able to interact with users since it has not been configured.

At this point is where many are wondering if programming knowledge is required and the answer is no. With Chatfuel you can configure our bot without having to program.


To add Chatfuel we will start a conversation with them. We will have to look for them as if they were a user. We will have to write "New bot" and add the token that Botfather gave us.

After that, our bot will have Chatfuel installed. We will have access to an administration panel where we will be able to configure the bot in a simple way to send messages, answer questions and repost content.

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