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Telegram bot in Go: database

detunized profile image Dmitry Yakimenko Updated on ・2 min read

Today I'm gonna add a database to my bot. As I mentioned in the previous post, I'm going to use SQLite to keep it simple and because the management turned down my budget request for Oracle on this project.

I quickly shopped around for an SQLite package for Go and found go-sqlite3. This seems to be a very popular package. It allows me to use the standard database/sql package and it acts as a driver, which allows the Go database engine to talk to SQLite databases. So far so good. I'll use that then.

Since I'm writing everything in Go, I desperately need to use goroutines somewhere. So the first thing I did was to move the reply functionality into a goroutine.

for update := range updates {
    go reply(bot, update)

That should make things go FAST! Never mind the fact that Telegram will not allow frequent requests for any extended period of time. I've gotta try anyway.

To use the database I have to open it first. It's done like this:

func openDatabase() *sql.DB {
    db, err := sql.Open("sqlite3", "./since.db")
    if err != nil {

     _, err = db.Exec("CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS events (" +
        "user INTEGER, " +
        "name TEXT, " +
        "date INTEGER);")

     if err != nil {

     return db

I also create a table if it doesn't exist. Since I barely use SQL, I prefer to SCREAM so people can hear me. And maybe the DB will get a sense of urgency and process my queries faster.

Once the database successfully opened and no one panicked, it's time to start saving incoming events to it. I do it like this:

func store(message *tgbotapi.Message, db *sql.DB) {
    _, err := db.Exec("INSERT INTO events (user, name, date) VALUES ($1, $2, $3);",
    if err != nil {

store(update.Message, db)

Now, every time I send a message to my bot it stores its content in the database. It's a start. The bot is still responding with the same reply as before. It's still really dumb. We'll get to make it smarter in the next day.

If you're curious, the code is available on GitHub. This version is tagged day-2.

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Dmitry Yakimenko


Grew up in Russia, lived in the States, moved to Germany, sometimes live in Spain. I program since I was 13. I used to program games, maps and now I reverse engineer password managers and other stuff


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