How to create Telegram bot and use it with Roxy-WI

About Telegram

Telegram is a freeware, cross-platform cloud-based instant messaging, video calling, and VoIP service. It was initially launched for iOS on 14 August 2013 in Russia, and is currently based in Dubai. Official Telegram client apps are available for Android, iOS, Windows, macOS and Linux, as well as for the now-discontinued Windows Phone. There is also an official web interface and numerous unofficial clients. All of Telegram's official apps are open source.

Telegram provides end-to-end encrypted calls and optional end-to-end encrypted "secret" chats between two online users on smartphone clients, whereas cloud chats use client-server/ server-client encryption. Users can send text and voice messages, animated stickers, make voice and video calls, and share an unlimited number of images, documents (2GB per file), user locations, contacts, and music. As of April 2020, Telegram reached 400 million monthly active users.

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About Checker

Checker monitors HAProxy and Nginx services and HAProxy backends. If a backend or HAProxy/Nginx service is down, Checker will send an alert via Telegram and/or Slack, real-time alerting via Roxy-WI and keep incident history.

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Create a Telegram bot

To create a chatbot on Telegram, you need to contact the BotFather, a special bot used to create other bots.

Enter the command /newbot. BotFather will guide you through all steps necessary for creating a new bot.

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Use Telegram bot with Roxy-WI

Read how to install Checkerhere

After you receive the Token from BotFather you should create a channel. Add the bot to the channel as an administrator.

Note: Channel must be public

Add your Token and the name of the channel on the "Checker" tab:

Roxy-WI checker

Enable Checker for servers:

Roxy-WI checker
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Checker history

Also after enabling checker for servers Roxy-WI starts to collect the incident history. It can be useful for future debugging:

Roxy-WI checker history
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