Long-polling is a technology that allows a Telegram server to send updates in case when you don’t have dedicated IP address or port to receive webhooks for example on a developer machine.

To use long-polling mode you should use aiogram.dispatcher.dispatcher.Dispatcher.start_polling() or aiogram.dispatcher.dispatcher.Dispatcher.run_polling() methods.


You can use polling from only one polling process per single Bot token, in other case Telegram server will return an error.


If you will need to scale your bot, you should use webhooks instead of long-polling.


If you will use multibot mode, you should use webhook mode for all bots.


This example will show you how to create simple echo bot based on long-polling.

import asyncio
import logging
import sys
from os import getenv

from aiogram import Bot, Dispatcher, Router, types
from aiogram.enums import ParseMode
from aiogram.filters import CommandStart
from aiogram.types import Message
from aiogram.utils.markdown import hbold

# Bot token can be obtained via https://t.me/BotFather
TOKEN = getenv("BOT_TOKEN")

# All handlers should be attached to the Router (or Dispatcher)
dp = Dispatcher()

async def command_start_handler(message: Message) -> None:
    This handler receives messages with `/start` command
    # Most event objects have aliases for API methods that can be called in events' context
    # For example if you want to answer to incoming message you can use `message.answer(...)` alias
    # and the target chat will be passed to :ref:`aiogram.methods.send_message.SendMessage`
    # method automatically or call API method directly via
    # Bot instance: `bot.send_message(chat_id=message.chat.id, ...)`
    await message.answer(f"Hello, {hbold(message.from_user.full_name)}!")

async def echo_handler(message: types.Message) -> None:
    Handler will forward receive a message back to the sender

    By default, message handler will handle all message types (like a text, photo, sticker etc.)
        # Send a copy of the received message
        await message.send_copy(chat_id=message.chat.id)
    except TypeError:
        # But not all the types is supported to be copied so need to handle it
        await message.answer("Nice try!")

async def main() -> None:
    # Initialize Bot instance with a default parse mode which will be passed to all API calls
    bot = Bot(TOKEN, parse_mode=ParseMode.HTML)
    # And the run events dispatching
    await dp.start_polling(bot)

if __name__ == "__main__":
    logging.basicConfig(level=logging.INFO, stream=sys.stdout)