Send photos.

Usable by Users Bots
  • 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).

  • photo (str | BinaryIO) – Photo to send. Pass a file_id as string to send a photo that exists on the Telegram servers, pass an HTTP URL as a string for Telegram to get a photo from the Internet, pass a file path as string to upload a new photo that exists on your local machine, or pass a binary file-like object with its attribute “.name” set for in-memory uploads.

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

  • parse_mode (ParseMode, optional) – By default, texts are parsed using both Markdown and HTML styles. You can combine both syntaxes together.

  • caption_entities (List of MessageEntity) – List of special entities that appear in the caption, which can be specified instead of parse_mode.

  • has_spoiler (bool, optional) – Pass True if the photo needs to be covered with a spoiler animation.

  • ttl_seconds (int, optional) – Self-Destruct Timer. If you set a timer, the photo will self-destruct in ttl_seconds seconds after it was viewed.

  • 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 (datetime, optional) – Date when the message will be automatically sent.

  • protect_content (bool, optional) – Protects the contents of the sent message from forwarding and saving.

  • 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 photo message is returned, otherwise, in case the upload is deliberately stopped with stop_transmission(), None is returned.


# Send photo by uploading from local file
await app.send_photo("me", "photo.jpg")

# Send photo by uploading from URL
await app.send_photo("me", "")

# Add caption to a photo
await app.send_photo("me", "photo.jpg", caption="Caption")

# Send self-destructing photo
await app.send_photo("me", "photo.jpg", ttl_seconds=10)