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Telegram MTProto API client in Go for users and bots.

Telegram: English chat Telegram: Russian chat Telegram: Chinese chat Telegram: Online count

Before using this library, read How To Not Get Banned guide.

Due to limitations of, documentation for tg package is not shown, but there is hosted version.

Higher level libraries

The gotd itself is a pretty low-level library, and you may want to use higher level libraries instead:

  • GoTGProto is a helper package for gotd library, It aims to make td's raw functions easy-to-use with the help of features like using session strings, custom helper functions, storing peers and extracting chat or user ids through it etc.


go get
package main

import (


func main() {
	client := telegram.NewClient(appID, appHash, telegram.Options{})
	if err := client.Run(context.Background(), func(ctx context.Context) error {
		// It is only valid to use client while this function is not returned
		// and ctx is not cancelled.
		api := client.API()

		// Now you can invoke MTProto RPC requests by calling the API.
		// ...

		// Return to close client connection and free up resources.
		return nil
	}); err != nil {
	// Client is closed.

See examples for more info.


  • Full MTProto 2.0 implementation in Golang, directly access any MTProto method with telegram.Client.API()
  • Highly optimized, low memory (150kb per idle client) and CPU overhead, can handle thousands concurrent clients
  • Code for Telegram types generated by ./cmd/gotdgen (based on gotd/tl parser) with embedded official documentation
  • Pluggable session storage
  • Automatic re-connects with keepalive
  • Vendored Telegram public keys that are kept up-to-date
  • Rigorously tested
    • End-to-end with real Telegram server in CI
    • End-to-end with gotd Telegram server (in pure Go)
    • Lots of unit testing
    • Fuzzing
    • 24/7 canary bot in production that tests reconnects, update handling, memory leaks and performance
  • No runtime reflection overhead
  • Conforms to Security guidelines for Telegram client software developers
    • Secure PRNG used for crypto
    • Replay attack protection
  • 2FA support
  • MTProxy support
  • Various helpers that lighten the complexity of the Telegram API
  • Connection pooling
  • Automatic datacenter migration and redirects handling
  • Graceful request cancellation via context
  • WebSocket transport support (works in WASM)


The goal of this project is to implement a stable, performant and safe client for Telegram in pure Go while having a simple and convenient API and a feature parity with TDLib.

This project is fully non-commercial and not affiliated with any commercial organization (including Telegram LLC).


See examples directory.

Also take a look at

  • go-faster/bot as example of sophisticated telegram bot integration with GitHub
  • gotd/cli, command line interface for subset of telegram methods.



You can use td/telegram/auth.Flow to simplify user authentications.

codePrompt := func(ctx context.Context, sentCode *tg.AuthSentCode) (string, error) {
    // NB: Use "" to prompt password.
    fmt.Print("Enter code: ")
    code, err := bufio.NewReader(os.Stdin).ReadString('\n')
    if err != nil {
        return "", err
    return strings.TrimSpace(code), nil
// This will setup and perform authentication flow.
// If account does not require 2FA password, use telegram.CodeOnlyAuth
// instead of telegram.ConstantAuth.
if err := auth.NewFlow(
    auth.Constant(phone, password, auth.CodeAuthenticatorFunc(codePrompt)),
).Run(ctx, client.Auth()); err != nil {


Use bot token from @BotFather.

if err := client.Auth().Bot(ctx, "token:12345"); err != nil {

Calling MTProto directly

You can use the generated tg.Client that allows calling any MTProto method directly.

// Grab these from
// Never share it or hardcode!
client := telegram.NewClient(appID, appHash, telegram.Options{})
client.Run(ctx, func(ctx context.Context) error {
  // Grab token from @BotFather.
  if _, err := client.Auth().Bot(ctx, "token:12345"); err != nil {
    return err
  state, err := client.API().UpdatesGetState(ctx)
  if err != nil {
    return err
  // Got state: &{Pts:197 Qts:0 Date:1606855030 Seq:1 UnreadCount:106}
  // This will close client and cleanup resources.
  return nil

Generated code

The code output of gotdgen contains references to TL types, examples, URL to official documentation and extracted comments from it.

For example, the auth.Authorization type in tg/tl_auth_authorization_gen.go:

// AuthAuthorizationClass represents auth.Authorization generic type.
// See for reference.
// Example:
//  g, err := DecodeAuthAuthorization(buf)
//  if err != nil {
//      panic(err)
//  }
//  switch v := g.(type) {
//  case *AuthAuthorization: // auth.authorization#cd050916
//  case *AuthAuthorizationSignUpRequired: // auth.authorizationSignUpRequired#44747e9a
//  default: panic(v)
//  }
type AuthAuthorizationClass interface {
	construct() AuthAuthorizationClass

Also, the corresponding auth.signIn method:

// AuthSignIn invokes method auth.signIn#bcd51581 returning error if any.
// Signs in a user with a validated phone number.
// See for reference.
func (c *Client) AuthSignIn(ctx context.Context, request *AuthSignInRequest) (AuthAuthorizationClass, error) {}

The generated constructors contain detailed official documentation, including links:

// FoldersDeleteFolderRequest represents TL type `folders.deleteFolder#1c295881`.
// Delete a peer folder¹
// Links:
//  1)
// See for reference.
type FoldersDeleteFolderRequest struct {
    // Peer folder ID, for more info click here¹
    // Links:
    //  1)
    FolderID int


Huge thanks to all contributors. Dealing with a project of this scale alone is impossible.

Special thanks:

  • tdakkota
    • Two-factor authentication (SRP)
    • Proxy support
    • Update dispatcher
    • Complete transport support (abridged, padded intermediate and full)
    • Telegram server for end-to-end testing
    • Multiple major refactorings, including critical cryptographical scope reduction
    • Code generation improvements (vector support, multiple modes for pretty-print)
    • And many other cool things and performance improvements
  • shadowspore
    • Background pings
    • Links in generated documentation
    • Message acknowledgements
    • Retries
    • RPC Engine
    • Gap (Updates) engine


The MTProto protocol description is hosted by Telegram.

Most important parts for client implementations:

Current implementation mostly conforms to security guidelines, but no formal security audit were performed.

Prior art

Who is using gotd?

  • The iyear/tdl, 📥 Telegram Downloader, but more than a downloader

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MIT License

Created by Aleksandr (ernado) Razumov