Telegram Group notification stopped working

Migration to Supergroups

Posted by Henning on 7th Feb 2021

We often use Telegram-Groups for notifications from our systems / scripts. In the last week, four of our bots stopped working. After a short check, I was able to identify the issue as "supergroup migrations".

What is a supergroup?

Telegram supergroups support up to 5.000 people in a group that are optimized for a large group of people.

  • New members can see the entire message history when they join.
  • Deleted messages will disappear for all members.
  • Ordinary members can only delete their own messages.
  • Supergroups are muted by default and send fewer joined/left notifications.

Do you need such a group for status notifications? No...

Get the new ChatID of the group

But, somehow, our groups were migrated to supergroups and with this, the ChatID was changed. When you send a message to a group using the old ChatID you will get the new ChatID:

To send a message, just issue this command: of course you need to insert your Bot-Data and ChatID

$ wget https://api.telegram.org/bot{YourBotID}:{YourBotSecret}/sendMessage?chat_id=-123456789&text=TestMessage

As result you will receive a JSON giving you the new ChatID {"ok":false,"error_code":400,"description":"Bad Request: group chat was upgraded to a supergroup chat","parameters":{"migrate_to_chat_id":-100123456789}}

Simply update your scripts to this new ChatID and everything will be working again.