Using Filters

So far we’ve seen how to register a callback function that executes every time an update comes from the server, but there’s much more than that to come.

Here we’ll discuss about filters. Filters enable a fine-grain control over what kind of updates are allowed or not to be passed in your callback functions, based on their inner details.

Single Filters

Let’s start right away with a simple example:

  • This example will show you how to only handle messages containing a Sticker object and ignore any other message. Filters are passed as the first argument of the decorator:

    from pyrogram import filters
    def my_handler(client, message):
  • or, without decorators. Here filters are passed as the second argument of the handler constructor; the first is the callback function itself:

    from pyrogram import filters
    from pyrogram.handlers import MessageHandler
    def my_handler(client, message):
    app.add_handler(MessageHandler(my_handler, filters.sticker))

Combining Filters

Filters can be used in a more advanced way by inverting and combining more filters together using bitwise operators ~, & and |:

  • Use ~ to invert a filter (behaves like the not operator).

  • Use & and | to merge two filters (behave like and, or operators respectively).

Here are some examples:

  • Message is a text message and is not edited.

    @app.on_message(filters.text & ~filters.edited)
    def my_handler(client, message):
  • Message is a sticker and is coming from a channel or a private chat.

    @app.on_message(filters.sticker & ( | filters.private))
    def my_handler(client, message):

Advanced Filters

Some filters, like command() or regex() can also accept arguments:

  • Message is either a /start or /help command.

    @app.on_message(filters.command(["start", "help"]))
    def my_handler(client, message):
  • Message is a text message or a media caption matching the given regex pattern.

    def my_handler(client, message):

More handlers using different filters can also live together.

def start_command(client, message):
    print("This is the /start command")

def help_command(client, message):
    print("This is the /help command")

def from_pyrogramchat(client, message):
    print("New message in @PyrogramChat")