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Integrating Twitter Feeds into Your Telegram Bot Using PHP

In the digital era, integrating social media feeds into applications has become increasingly popular. This article demonstrates how to create a Telegram bot in PHP that fetches tweets based on hashtags. This can be a valuable tool for businesses, communities, or individuals who want to stay updated with specific topics on Twitter.

Getting Started

To begin, you need API keys for both Twitter and Telegram, and a PHP environment set up with necessary libraries.

Obtaining API Keys

  1. Twitter API Keys:
    • Visit the Twitter Developer Platform.
    • Sign up for a developer account if you don’t have one.
    • Create a new application in your developer dashboard.
    • Once the application is created, you will get consumer_key, consumer_secret, access_token, and access_token_secret.
  2. Telegram Bot Token:
    • Open Telegram and search for @BotFather.
    • Follow the instructions to create a new bot.
    • BotFather will provide you with a token upon the creation of your bot.

Setting Up the PHP Environment

You need to install two PHP libraries via Composer: abraham/twitteroauth for Twitter API and longman/telegram-bot for Telegram bot functionality.

composer require abraham/twitteroauth
composer require longman/telegram-bot

PHP Code for the Telegram Bot

Here’s the PHP script to set up your Telegram bot for fetching tweets:

require_once 'vendor/autoload.php';

use Abraham\TwitterOAuth\TwitterOAuth;
use Longman\TelegramBot\Telegram;
use Longman\TelegramBot\Request;

// Twitter API credentials
$consumerKey = '...';
$consumerSecret = '...';
$accessToken = '...';
$accessTokenSecret = '...';

// Telegram Bot Token
$telegramToken = '...';

// Twitter OAuth
$twitter = new TwitterOAuth($consumerKey, $consumerSecret, $accessToken, $accessTokenSecret);

// Telegram Bot
$telegram = new Telegram($telegramToken);

// Command handler
function handleCommand($messageText, $chatId) {
    global $twitter;

    $tweets = $twitter->get("search/tweets", ["q" => $messageText, "count" => 5, "tweet_mode" => "extended"]);
    foreach ($tweets->statuses as $tweet) {
        $responseText = "Tweet from @" . $tweet->user->screen_name . ":\n" . $tweet->full_text;
        $response = [
            'chat_id' => $chatId,
            'text' => $responseText

// Process updates from Telegram
try {
    $update = json_decode(file_get_contents('php://input'), true);
    $chatId = $update['message']['chat']['id'];
    $messageText = $update['message']['text'];
    handleCommand($messageText, $chatId);
} catch (Exception $e) {
    // Log exceptions

Here is my code on Github:

This PHP script provides a simple yet effective way to integrate Twitter feeds into your Telegram bot. By following the steps above, you can create a personalized experience for your users, keeping them informed about specific topics and discussions happening on Twitter.

If you’re interested in a similar solution but prefer Python, be sure to check out our analogous guide for Python. It offers a comprehensive walkthrough on creating a Twitter-integrated Telegram bot using Python, catering to those who are more familiar with or prefer Python as their programming language. The Python version provides the same functionality with a syntax and approach unique to Python programming. Click here to explore the Python guide.

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