In this article, you will walk through the creation of a simple Bash shell script to send messages to Telegram messenger using the Curl command. Then you will use this script to send a notification on every ssh login into your server.

Create telegram bot

To send a message to Telegram group or channel, you should first create your own bot. Just open Telegram, find @BotFather and type /start. Then follow instructions to create bot and get token to access the HTTP API.

Create Channel

Create a new Channel in Telegram and add your bot as a member. So your bot could send messages to the Channel.

In order to get Channel Id, first, post any message to the Channel. Then use this link template to get Channel Id:
https://api.telegram.org/bot<YourBOTToken>/getUpdates

Here is a response example:

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{
"ok":true,
"result": [
{
"update_id":123,
"channel_post": {
"message_id":48,
"chat": {
"id":-123123123, // this is your channel id
"title":"Notifications",
"type":"channel"
},
"date":1574485277,
"text":"test"
}
}
]
}

Script to send message

In order to send a message we could use simple command:

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curl 'https://api.telegram.org/bot<YourBOTToken>/sendMessage?chat_id=<channel_id>&text=<text>'

But in programming, it is good practice to hide the low-level implementation. So we will create a linux terminal command telegram-send and could send messages with this simple command.

Lets create file telegram-send.sh

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touch telegram-send.sh

Then add script to this file. Set your group id and token in script.

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#!/bin/bash

GROUP_ID=<group_id>
BOT_TOKEN=<bot_token>

# this 3 checks (if) are not necessary but should be convenient
if [ "$1" == "-h" ]; then
echo "Usage: `basename $0` \"text message\""
exit 0
fi

if [ -z "$1" ]
then
echo "Add message text as second arguments"
exit 0
fi

if [ "$#" -ne 1 ]; then
echo "You can pass only one argument. For string with spaces put it on quotes"
exit 0
fi

curl -s --data "text=$1" --data "chat_id=$GROUP_ID" 'https://api.telegram.org/bot'$BOT_TOKEN'/sendMessage' > /dev/null

It is not a good practice to store your token in that place, but for now, it is ok. Also, you could limit actions your bot could do in the Channel only to send messages.

To run this script we should add permission

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chmod +x telegram-send.sh

Now you can test it

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./telegram-send.sh "Test message"

In order to use this script from everywhere and type telegram-send instead ./telegram-send.sh add it to /usr/bin/ folder

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sudo mv telegram-send.sh /usr/bin/telegram-send

Owner of all files in /usr/bin is root user. So let’s do the same with our script:

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sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/telegram-send

Now you can test it

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telegram-send "Test message"

Send notification on SSH login

All files with .sh extension in /etc/profile.d/ folder will be executed whenever a bash login shell is entered or the desktop session loads.

Let’s add a new script to send the notification.

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touch login-notify.sh

Add this code to script

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#!/bin/bash

# prepare any message you want
login_ip="$(echo $SSH_CONNECTION | cut -d " " -f 1)"
login_date="$(date +"%e %b %Y, %a %r")"
login_name="$(whoami)"

# For new line I use $'\n' here
message="New login to server"$'\n'"$login_name"$'\n'"$login_ip"$'\n'"$login_date"

#send it to telegram
telegram-send "$message"

Then move this script to /etc/profile.d/ folder

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sudo mv login-notify.sh /etc/profile.d/login-notify.sh

Now re-login to your web server and check it works.