ChatGPT Bot in Python

In the last few months, people have been releasing a record number of AI-powered software. Of course I could not stay out of it.

And so the pokitoki project was born. It’s a a Telegram chat bot built using the ChatGPT (aka GPT-3.5) language model from OpenAI.

Notable features:

  • Both one-on-one and group chats.
  • Direct questions or mentions.
  • Ask again by retrying or editing the last message.
  • Follow-up questions.

Personal chats

The bot acts as your personal assistant:

Sample chat

To allow other users to use the bot, list them in the telegram_usernames config property.

The bot has a terrible memory, so don’t expect it to remember any chat context by default. But you can ask follow-up questions using a plus sign:

Follow-up by reply
follow up by replying
Follow-up by plus sign
or by writing a `+` sign

Available commands:

  • /retry - retry answering the last question
  • /help - show help

To rephrase or add to the last question, simply edit it. The bot will then answer the updated question.


To get an answer from the bot in a group, mention it in a reply to a question, or ask a question directly:

Reply with mention
reply with mention
Direct question
direct question

To make the bot reply to group members, list the group id in the telegram_chat_ids config property. Otherwise, the bot will ignore questions from group members unless they are listed in the telegram_usernames config property.

If you don’t know the group id, run the /version bot command in a group to find it:

Chat information:
- id: -1001405001234
- title: My Favorite Group
- type: supergroup

Bot information:
- id: 5930739038
- name: @pokitokibot
- version: 56
- usernames: 6 users
- chat IDs: []
- access to messages: True


  1. Get your OpenAI API key
  2. Get your Telegram bot token from @BotFather
  3. Copy config.example.yml to config.yml and specify your tokens there.
  4. Start the bot:
docker compose up --build

I’ve intentionally kept the bot as simple as possible so you can quickly understand the code.

Source code on GitHub

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