by cdfxscrq



Tharaa bot

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A modular Telegram Python bot running on python3 with a sqlalchemy database.

Originally a Marie fork, Tharaa evolved further and was built to be more robust and more dedicated to Anime Chats.

The Support group can be reached out to at [cdfxscrq] where you can ask for help about @Tharaabot, discover/request new features, report bugs, and stay in the loop whenever a new update is available.

How to setup/deploy.

Read these notes carefully before proceeding

  • Edit any mentions of @Akshayan1 to your own support chat.
  • We do not support forks, once you fork the bot and deploy the headache of bugs and support is your own, please do not come to our support chat asking technical help.
  • Your code must be open source and a link to your fork's repository must be there in the start reply of the bot. See this
  • If you come to our support chat on Telegram asking help about a "fork" or a technical issue with a module, you will end up getting ignored or banned.
  • Lastly, if you are found to run this repo without the code being open sourced or the repository link not mentioned in the bot, we will push a gban for you in our network because of being in violation of the license, you are free to be a dick and not respect the open source code (we do not mind) but we will not be having you around our chats.
Steps to deploy on Heroku !!
Fill in all the details, Deploy!
Now go to ( Replace (app-name) with your app name )
Turn on worker dyno (Don't worry It's free :D) & Webhook
Now send the bot /start, If it doesn't respond go to and remove webhook and port.


Steps to self Host!!

Note: This instruction set is just a copy-paste from Marie, note that aims to handle support for @Tharaabot and not how to set up your own fork. If you find this bit confusing/tough to understand then we recommend you ask a dev, kindly avoid asking how to set up the bot instance in the support chat, it aims to help our own instance of the bot and not the forks.

Setting up the bot (Read this before trying to use!):

Please make sure to use python3.6, as I cannot guarantee everything will work as expected on older Python versions! This is because markdown parsing is done by iterating through a dict, which is ordered by default in 3.6.


There are two possible ways of configuring your bot: a file, or ENV variables.

The preferred version is to use a file, as it makes it easier to see all your settings grouped together. This file should be placed in your Tharaabot folder, alongside the file. This is where your bot token will be loaded from, as well as your database URI (if you're using a database), and most of your other settings.

It is recommended to import sample_config and extend the Config class, as this will ensure your config contains all defaults set in the sample_config, hence making it easier to upgrade.

An example file could be:

from Tharaabot.sample_config import Config

class Development(Config):
    OWNER_ID = 254318997  # your telegram ID
    OWNER_USERNAME = "SonOfLars"  # your telegram username
    API_KEY = "your bot api key"  # your api key, as provided by the @botfather
    SQLALCHEMY_DATABASE_URI = 'postgresql://username:password@localhost:5432/database'  # sample db credentials
    MESSAGE_DUMP = '-1234567890' # some group chat that your bot is a member of
    SUDO_USERS = [18673980, 83489514]  # List of id's for users which have sudo access to the bot.
    LOAD = []
    NO_LOAD = ['translation']

If you can't have a file (EG on Heroku), it is also possible to use environment variables. The following env variables are supported:

  • ENV: Setting this to ANYTHING will enable env variables

  • TOKEN: Your bot token, as a string.

  • OWNER_ID: An integer of consisting of your owner ID

  • OWNER_USERNAME: Your username

  • DATABASE_URL: Your database URL

  • MESSAGE_DUMP: optional: a chat where your replied saved messages are stored, to stop people deleting their old

  • LOAD: Space-separated list of modules you would like to load

  • NO_LOAD: Space-separated list of modules you would like NOT to load

  • WEBHOOK: Setting this to ANYTHING will enable webhooks when in env mode messages

  • URL: The URL your webhook should connect to (only needed for webhook mode)

  • SUDO_USERS: A space-separated list of user_ids which should be considered sudo users

  • SUPPORT_USERS: A space-separated list of user_ids which should be considered support users (can gban/ungban, nothing else)

  • WHITELIST_USERS: A space-separated list of user_ids which should be considered whitelisted - they can't be banned.

  • DONATION_LINK: Optional: link where you would like to receive donations.

  • CERT_PATH: Path to your webhook certificate

  • PORT: Port to use for your webhooks

  • DEL_CMDS: Whether to delete commands from users which don't have rights to use that command

  • STRICT_GBAN: Enforce gbans across new groups as well as old groups. When a gbanned user talks, he will be banned.

  • WORKERS: Number of threads to use. 8 is the recommended (and default) amount, but your experience may vary. Note that going crazy with more threads wont necessarily speed up your bot, given the large amount of sql data accesses, and the way python asynchronous calls work.

  • BAN_STICKER: Which sticker to use when banning people.

  • ALLOW_EXCL: Whether to allow using exclamation marks ! for commands as well as /.

Python dependencies

Install the necessary Python dependencies by moving to the project directory and running:

pip3 install -r requirements.txt.

This will install all the necessary python packages.


If you wish to use a database-dependent module (eg: locks, notes, userinfo, users, filters, welcomes), you'll need to have a database installed on your system. I use Postgres, so I recommend using it for optimal compatibility.

In the case of Postgres, this is how you would set up a database on a Debian/ubuntu system. Other distributions may vary.

  • install postgresql:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install postgresql

  • change to the Postgres user:

sudo su - postgres

  • create a new database user (change YOUR_USER appropriately):

createuser -P -s -e YOUR_USER

This will be followed by you need to input your password.

  • create a new database table:


Change YOUR_USER and YOUR_DB_NAME appropriately.

  • finally:


This will allow you to connect to your database via your terminal. By default, YOUR_HOST should be

You should now be able to build your database URI. This will be:


Replace sqldbtype with whichever DB you're using (eg Postgres, MySQL, SQLite, etc) repeat for your username, password, hostname (localhost?), port (5432?), and DB name.


Setting load order.

The module load order can be changed via the LOAD and NO_LOAD configuration settings. These should both represent lists.

If LOAD is an empty list, all modules in modules/ will be selected for loading by default.

If NO_LOAD is not present or is an empty list, all modules selected for loading will be loaded.

If a module is in both LOAD and NO_LOAD, the module will not be loaded - NO_LOAD takes priority.

Creating your own modules.

Creating a module has been simplified as much as possible - but do not hesitate to suggest further simplification.

All that is needed is that your .py file is in the modules folder.

To add commands, make sure to import the dispatcher via

from Tharaabot import dispatcher.

You can then add commands using the usual


Assigning the __help__ variable to a string describing this modules' available commands will allow the bot to load it and add the documentation for your module to the /help command. Setting the __mod_name__ variable will also allow you to use a nicer, user-friendly name for a module.

The __migrate__() function is used for migrating chats - when a chat is upgraded to a supergroup, the ID changes, so it is necessary to migrate it in the DB.

The __stats__() function is for retrieving module statistics, eg number of users, number of chats. This is accessed through the /stats command, which is only available to the bot owner.

Starting the bot.

Once you've set up your database and your configuration is complete, simply run the bat file(if on windows) or run (Linux):

python3 -m Tharaabot

You can use nssm to install the bot as service on windows and set it to restart on /gitpull Make sure to edit the start and restart bats to your needs. Note: the restart bat requires that User account control be disabled.

How to setup on Heroku

For starters click on this button


The bot is based on the original work done by PaulSonOfLars This repo was just revamped to suit an Anime-centric community. All original credits go to Paul and his dedication, Without his efforts, this fork would not have been possible!

Also, missing proper credit for blacklistusers taken from TheRealPhoenixBot (will add it later, this note says unless it is done)

Any other authorship/credits can be seen through the commits.