Transition guide to Version 4.0

Jannes Höke edited this page Oct 19, 2016 · 11 revisions

What's new?

All changes can also be reviewed in our official documentation!


For users coming from RC release predating 26th of April, 2016:

  • Changes in "filters" syntax (upper/lower case)
  • Handler groups are now identified by int only, and are processed in order, smallest first.

The Dispatcher class has now a cleaner interface and more precise Message filtering. Instead of many methods with long names like Dispatcher.addTelegramMessageHandler(handler), we now only have two of those methods:

add_handler(handler, group=0)

Register a handler.

TL;DR: Order and priority counts. 0 or 1 handlers per group will be used.

A handler must be an instance of a subclass of telegram.ext.Handler. All handlers are organized in groups with a numeric value. The default group is 0. All groups will be evaluated for handling an update, but only 0 or 1 handler per group will be used.

The priority/order of handlers is determined as follows:

  • Priority of the group (lower group number == higher priority)
  • The first handler in a group which should handle an update will be used. Other handlers from the group will not be used. The order in which handlers were added to the group defines the priority.

handler (Handler) – A Handler instance
group (optional[int]) – The group identifier. Default is 0


This method remains unchanged, only the name has been changed to snake_case.

So, the add_handler method is accepting an object of a subclass of telegram.ext.Handler. Let's see how that looks in real life:

from telegram.ext import MessageHandler, Filters

def text_callback(bot, update):
  print("New text message: " + update.message.text)

dispatcher.add_handler(MessageHandler([Filters.text], text_callback))

As you can see here, the MessageHandler class is one of the included Handler subclasses. All that was possible before is still possible, but now more organized and more explicit. Lets take a quick look at another handler class, the RegexHandler:

from telegram.ext import RegexHandler

def name_callback(bot, update, groupdict):
  print("The name of the user is: " + groupdict['name'])

name_regex = r'My name is (?P<name>.*)'
dispatcher.add_handler(RegexHandler(name_regex, text_callback, pass_groupdict=True))

Here you can see the optional argument groupdict passed to the handler callback function. Note that it is necessary to specify this explicitly when creating the Handler object.

Other changes

  • You can easily implement your own handlers. Just subclass telegram.ext.handler and take a look at the implementation of the provided handlers.
  • Instead of addTelegramInlineHandler there are now InlineHandler, ChosenInlineResultHandler and CallbackQueryHandler
  • There is no replacement for addUnknownTelegramCommandHandler. Instead, it is recommended to use RegexHandler(r'/.*', ...) and add it as the last handler
  • The UpdateQueue class and context parameters have been removed

Bot API 2.0

Please read the documentation of the Telegram Bot API to learn about all the new things in version 2 of the bot API. This section covers only those changes that are not backwards compatible and not listed in the Recent Changes list.

  • new_chat_participant and left_chat_participant of the Message class are now new_chat_member and left_chat_member
  • The following parameters on InlineResult and InlineQueryResult objects are removed in favor of InlineMessageContent:
  • message_text
  • parse_mode
  • disable_web_page_preview
  • In InlineQueryResultPhoto the parameter mime_type has been removed. JPEG is now required.
  • ReplyKeyboardMarkup now takes a list of a list of KeyboardButton instead of strings.
  • From v4.0.2 you can use str again

The telegram.ext module

The classes Updater, Dispatcher and JobQueue that were previously available for import directly from telegram are now located in telegram.ext.

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