Telegram Passport - Quickstart

passport quickstart example

This guide teaches the basics of working with Telegram Passport. See the complete version of the code at Quickstart project. Code snippets on this page are in the context of that project.


nuget package

You need to add Telegram.Bot.Extensions.Passport extension package to your project in addition to the core package (Telegram.Bot).

⭐️ Star the Telegram.Bot.Extensions.Passport project on GitHub 👍

dotnet add package Telegram.Bot.Extensions.Passport

Encryption Keys

You don't really need to generate any RSA key. Use our sample keys for this demo. Send the public key to @BotFather using /setpublickey command:

Setting public key

Copy this public key and send it to BotFather.

-----END PUBLIC KEY-----

Now Telegram client app can encrypt the data for your bot using this key.

Request Information

Bot waits for a text message from user. Once it receives a text message, it generates an authorization request link and sends that to the user.

Authorization Request

Request Parameters type

A passport authorization request means that the bot should ask the user to open a tg://resolve URI in the browser with specific parameters in its query string. You can alternatively have a button in an HTML page on your website for that.

Type AuthorizationRequestParameters helps you in creating such an URI.

AuthorizationRequestParameters authReq = new AuthorizationRequestParameters(
    botId: 123456, // bot user ID
    publicKey: "...", // public key in PEM format. same as the key above.
    nonce: "unique nonce for this request",
    scope: new PassportScope(new[] { // a PassportScope object
        new PassportScopeElementOne("address"),
        new PassportScopeElementOne("phone_number")

In SendAuthorizationRequestAsync method, we ask for address and phone_number scopes. Then, we generate the query string and ask user to open the link.

You might be wondering what is the magic in here?

This web page redirects user to tg://resolve URI, appending whatever query string was passed to it.

If a user is using an Android device, the URI will start with tg: instead of the default tg://.

Passport link 1 Passport link 2

Passport Data

You, the user, should now be redirected to the Telegram Passport screen in your Telegram client app. Enter your password and log in.

Note that the app will ask you to register if this is the first time you are using Telegram Passport.

Passport login

Fill in the address and phone number data. Click on the Authorize button at the end.

Passport info 1 address info phone info Passport info 2

At this point, your Telegram client app encrypts the actual Telegram Passport data (e.g. address) using the AES algorithm, and then encrypts the info required for decryption using your bot's public RSA key. Finally, it sends the result of both encryptions to Telegram servers.

Data Decryption

Passport Data type

Your bot now receives a new message update with the encrypted Passport data. The user is also notified in the chat:

Passport update

Let's decrypt that gibberish to get the information. That's what DecryptPassportDataAsync method does.

Step 1: Credentials

EncryptedCredentials type Credentials type

You can't just access the encrypted data in the array. Required parameters for their decryption are in the message.passport_data.credentials object. But that credentials object is encrypted using bot's public key!

We first take the bot's private key this time and decrypt the credentials.

There are more details about importing a key in PEM format on the RSA Key page.

IDecrypter decrypter = new Decrypter();
Credentials credentials = decrypter.DecryptCredentials(
    message.PassportData.Credentials, // EncryptedCredentials object
    GetRsaPrivateKey() // private key as an RSA object

Step 2: Nonce

Credentials type Request Parameters type

There is a nonce property on the credentials (now decrypted) object. In order to prevent certain attacks, ensure its value is exactly the same as the nonce you set in the authorization request. Read more about nonce on Wikipedia.

Step 3: Residential Address

EncryptedPassportElement type ResidentialAddress type

SecureData type SecureValue type DataCredentials type

It's finally time to see the user's address. We are looking for an encrypted element with type of address in array. Also, decryption parameters for that are in Here is how the decryption magic happens:

EncryptedPassportElement addressElement = message.PassportData.Data.Single(
    el => el.Type == PassportEnums.Scope.Address
ResidentialAddress address = decrypter.DecryptData<ResidentialAddress>(
    encryptedData: addressElement.Data,
    dataCredentials: credentials.SecureData.Address.Data

DecryptData method does 3 tasks here:

  1. Decrypts the data into a JSON-serialized string
  2. Verifies that the data hashes match
  3. Converts from JSON to a .NET object

Step 4: Phone Number

EncryptedPassportElement type

Values for phone number and email address are not end-to-end encrypted in Telegram Passport and Telegram stores these values after being verified.

There is no need for decryption at this point. Just find the element with the type of phone_number in the array.

Information Demo

At the end, bot sends some of the information received to the user for demo purposes.

info demo