Sending alerts to Telegram

22 April 2019

Telegram is our most popular integration, so it makes sense to include a step by step guide to help you get started. Each Telegram integration you add can send alerts to a single chat, group or channel, and there are a couple of simple steps to go through to securely link up Alertatron and your chat session.

So, let’s get started. Head over to your inbox and click on the ‘Add’ button and you’ll be taken to a list of all supported integrations.

Click on Add Telegram and add the integration to your inbox. You'll be taken straight to the new integrations settings for the final step.

The last step is to link up our friendly Telegram bot with your chat session. Start a chat with the bot by either clicking on the telegram link in the setup guide, or searching for it by name (you'll need to do this to add it to a group chat or channel).

Note that if you're trying to link up Alertatron to a Telegram Channel, then you will need to add our bot to the channel and make it an admin. This is because only admins can post messages into a channel.

Once you’ve started a chat with the bot, type in the /register command shown in the settings page. The code at the end is unique and is updated each time you use it. You should get a message back from the bot like the one shown in the picture, to confirm the connection.

It is also worth pointing out that if you change from a private chat to a group chat, or a group chat to a 'super group', you will need to redo the /register as the chat session is changed when this happens.


Settings

The Telegram integration offers a few options to give you more control over your alerts.

  • Resolution lets you adjust the size of the images that are sent to Telegram. Some Telegram clients (esp the Windows one) appear to resize images if they are large and does a pretty bad job of it too. This lets you adjust things to work around this.
  • Send as File Attachment causes your images to be attached to your alert without Telegram applying any additional compression. If you want the best quality images to appear in Telegram, use this option, at the cost of making them a little more awkward to view.
  • Wait for images will cause Alertatron to wait before sending your alert to Telegram. It will wait until all the images have been captured and are ready to go so everything can be sent at once. With this setting off, the text of your alert will be sent immediately, with the images arriving later, as soon as they are ready.

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