Bots, they are everywhere, right? Why not have a bot, that’s doing some fancy work for you?

Telegrams ‘BotFather’ is the way to get you started: see the docs

It is as easy as open telegram, search @botfather and send him /newbot as a message, few more steps like naming aaaand boom - bot is up!

DISCLAIMER The following code is a quick and dirty solution! It is simply sending me memes from subreddit ‘ProgrammerHumor’.
Checkout my reddit-api-image-getter package on npm.

Want to know what telegraf does?
Telegraf does not explicitely tell, but adding a caption to a photo is added in the code example below.

All what’s left to do now is create a new Node project:

$ mkdir reddit-image-telegraf && cd reddit-image-telegraf
$ yarn init
$ yarn add telegraf reddit-api-image-getter select-random-file
// content of your entrypoint file, usually index.js

const fs = require('fs')
const path = require('path')
const randomFile = require('select-random-file')
const Telegraf = require('telegraf')

// use the key Botfather gave you here
const bot = new Telegraf('YOUR-SECRET-TOKEN')

const redditImageGetter = require('reddit-api-image-getter')
loader = new redditImageGetter()

bot.start((ctx) => ctx.reply('This is here to make me happy.'))

bot.command('makemehappy', (ctx) => {
  // limit to your own chat.id 
  // (you can get it by using a debugger and inspecting ctx object)
  // use a telegraf middleware for limiting if you are really fancy
  //
  // if you do not need limitation, drop the conditional!
  if (ctx.chat.id != 00013370001) {
    ctx.reply('Your ID is not whitelisted, I am sorry. Not sorry!')
  } else {
    const channelOrders = ['hot', 'top']
    const hotOrTop = channelOrders[Math.floor(Math.random() * channelOrders.length)];
    const dir = path.resolve(__dirname, 'images', hotOrTop, 'ProgrammerHumor')
    randomFile(dir, (err, file) => {
      console.log(`The random file is: ${file}.`)
      const pathToFile = path.resolve(dir, file)
      ctx.replyWithPhoto({
        source: fs.readFileSync(pathToFile)
      },
      {caption: 'Send with telegraf bot'}) // add a caption/text to your media (< 1024 signs)
    })
  }
})

bot.command('refresh', function (ctx) {
  // limit to your own chat.id 
  // (you can get it by using a debugger and inspecting ctx object)
  // use a telegraf middleware for limiting if you are really fancy
  //
  // if you do not need limitation, drop the conditional!
  if (ctx.chat.id != 00013370001) {
    ctx.reply('Your ID is not whitelisted, I am sorry. Not sorry!')
  } else {
    // gets hot images
    loader.getHotImagesOfSubReddit('ProgrammerHumor').then(function (result) {
      for (let imageEntry of result) {
        console.log(`top ${imageEntry.formattedFilename}`)
        loader.saveRedditImageEntryToDisk(imageEntry, path.resolve(__dirname, 'images', 'hot'))
      }
      ctx.reply('refreshed hot images')
    }).catch(function (error) {
      console.log(error)
    })
    // gets top images
    loader.getTopImagesOfSubReddit('ProgrammerHumor').then(function (result) {
      for (let imageEntry of result) {
        console.log(`top ${imageEntry.formattedFilename}`)
        loader.saveRedditImageEntryToDisk(imageEntry, path.resolve(__dirname, 'images', 'top'))
      }
      ctx.reply('refreshed top images')
    }).catch(function (error) {
      console.log(error)
    })
  }
})

bot.launch()

Run

$ node index.js

Grab your phone, start your bot and send /refresh watch the picture pop up on your filesystem, then send /makemehappy and have a laugh.

Send me a message on telegram and chat with me, best let me know what kind of bot you brought to life: https://t.me/simonneutert