Send animation files (animation or H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video without sound).

  • chat_id (int | str) – Unique identifier (int) or username (str) of the target chat. For your personal cloud (Saved Messages) you can simply use “me” or “self”. For a contact that exists in your Telegram address book you can use his phone number (str).

  • animation (str) – Animation to send. Pass a file_id as string to send an animation that exists on the Telegram servers, pass an HTTP URL as a string for Telegram to get an animation from the Internet, or pass a file path as string to upload a new animation that exists on your local machine.

  • file_ref (str, optional) – A valid file reference obtained by a recently fetched media message. To be used in combination with a file id in case a file reference is needed.

  • caption (str, optional) – Animation caption, 0-1024 characters.

  • unsave (bool, optional) – By default, the server will save into your own collection any new animation you send. Pass True to automatically unsave the sent animation. Defaults to False.

  • parse_mode (str, optional) – By default, texts are parsed using both Markdown and HTML styles. You can combine both syntaxes together. Pass “markdown” or “md” to enable Markdown-style parsing only. Pass “html” to enable HTML-style parsing only. Pass None to completely disable style parsing.

  • duration (int, optional) – Duration of sent animation in seconds.

  • width (int, optional) – Animation width.

  • height (int, optional) – Animation height.

  • thumb (str, optional) – Thumbnail of the animation file sent. The thumbnail should be in JPEG format and less than 200 KB in size. A thumbnail’s width and height should not exceed 320 pixels. Thumbnails can’t be reused and can be only uploaded as a new file.

  • disable_notification (bool, optional) – Sends the message silently. Users will receive a notification with no sound.

  • reply_to_message_id (int, optional) – If the message is a reply, ID of the original message.

  • schedule_date (int, optional) – Date when the message will be automatically sent. Unix time.

  • reply_markup (InlineKeyboardMarkup | ReplyKeyboardMarkup | ReplyKeyboardRemove | ForceReply, optional) – Additional interface options. An object for an inline keyboard, custom reply keyboard, instructions to remove reply keyboard or to force a reply from the user.

  • progress (callable, optional) – Pass a callback function to view the file transmission progress. The function must take (current, total) as positional arguments (look at Other Parameters below for a detailed description) and will be called back each time a new file chunk has been successfully transmitted.

  • progress_args (tuple, optional) – Extra custom arguments for the progress callback function. You can pass anything you need to be available in the progress callback scope; for example, a Message object or a Client instance in order to edit the message with the updated progress status.

Other Parameters
  • current (int) – The amount of bytes transmitted so far.

  • total (int) – The total size of the file.

  • *args (tuple, optional) – Extra custom arguments as defined in the progress_args parameter. You can either keep *args or add every single extra argument in your function signature.


Message | None – On success, the sent animation message is returned, otherwise, in case the upload is deliberately stopped with stop_transmission(), None is returned.


# Send animation by uploading from local file
app.send_animation("me", "animation.gif")

# Add caption to the animation
app.send_animation("me", "animation.gif", caption="cat")

# Unsave the animation once is sent
app.send_animation("me", "animation.gif", unsave=True)

# Keep track of the progress while uploading
def progress(current, total):
    print("{:.1f}%".format(current * 100 / total))

app.send_animation("me", "animation.gif", progress=progress)