Telegram authorization

This article is intended for wiki administrators.

If you want, you can let users log in to your wiki using Telegram.

Telegram is a proprietary messaging application used by half a billion people. Learn more at telegram.org.

Setting up Telegram integration

In order to enable Telegram authorization, you need to create a Telegram bot and link it with your wiki.

Creating a bot

Open the chat with @BotFather, the bot for creating other bots. Create a new bot there. You will need the bot username and token later. You can set the bot's userpic. It would be great if it matches your wiki's logo.

After creating the bot, send the /setdomain command and then send your wiki's domain.

You do not need to actually host the bot. It is enough for it just to be created in BotFather. You can also reuse a previously existing bot.

Configuring

In config.ini, in [Telegram] section, fill in the bot's username (without @) and token:

[Telegram]
TelegramBotName = your_bot
TelegramBotToken = 0000000000:AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Reload the wiki.

If both fields are both set, the engine will enable Telegram authorization.

Using

On login and register pages there is a blue button. If a user clicks it, they are prompted to give the authorization permission to your bot. The user's @username will be used as wiki username. Telegram users are part of the editor user group by default. Telegram users can use the wiki just like everyone else.

Limitations

  • Telegram does not support HTTP wikis, you must use HTTPS.

    • One way of setting up HTTPS is using certbot and a reverse proxy such as nginx.

  • Telegram users without @username cannot authorize.

  • Telegram users with usernames that are already taken on the wiki cannot authorize.

  • Overall, this is an experimental feature. Use on your own risk.