How to build and use telegram-cli client for Linux

You can actually send Telegram message from command-line interface / bash in Linux using an unofficial telegram-cli client by Vitali Valtman (vysheng)

Obtaining and Compiling telegram-cli

But first, before sending telegram messages, you need to build the client. You may start by installing its dependencies

 sudo git apt-get install libreadline-dev libconfig-dev libssl-dev lua5.2 liblua5.2-dev libevent-dev libjansson-dev libpython-dev make 

Then, you can get the latest telegram-cli client from vysheng GitHub

 git clone --recursive https://github.com/vysheng/tg.git && cd tg

Afterwards, you may configure ‘telegram-cli’ and compile it

./configure
make

Alternative Download
Alternatively, you can download Telegram source code from my server:

  1. https://mypapit.net/pub/telegram-cli/tg.tar.bz2
  2. https://mypapit.net/pub/telegram-cli/tg.tar.xz

 

Running telegram-cli

After finished compiling telegram-cli, you may try and start using telegram.

bin/telegram-cli -k tg-server.pub

For first time use, you may need to key in the authorization code, the code will be sent to your mobile device to allow ‘telegram-cli’ to log as your username.

bin/telegram-cli -u  -k tg-server.pub

In my experience you may need to replace the +[country_code] phone-number with ’00’. so if your phone number includes country code is +60123456789, then you must replace it with 0060123456789 (however, your mileage may vary.

bin/telegram-cli -u 00123456789 -k tg-server.pub

Once the authorization CODE has been entered, you are free to use telegram. Telegram use the concept of ‘peer’ (contact) to send messages instead of phone number. So in order to get a list of your peer, you need to run “contact_list” command.

telegram-cli-contact-list

> contact_list
John_T_Doe
Jane_doe_2
Warrick_Brown
Mark_Nelson

To send message to a peer/contact (for example to Warrick Brown), just type

> msg Warrick_Brown "wassup, dude? want to hang out today?"

To quit, you can type

#telegram-client
> safe_quit

NOTE: IF YOU FAIL TO COMPILE TELEGRAM FROM GITHUB
If you find it difficult or failed to compile telegram-cli from GitHub, then you can download this telegram-cli source code from my server which is tested to compile under Raspbian Jessie, Debian Jessie, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Alternative Telegram source code:

  1. https://mypapit.net/pub/telegram-cli/tg.tar.bz2
  2. https://mypapit.net/pub/telegram-cli/tg.tar.xz

 

 

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