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How to Build Telegram for Android

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Clone from liblaf/Telegramopen in new window and you are good to go. I have had release.keystore and google-services.json prepared.


  • Android Studio 3.4
  • Android NDK rev.20
  • Android SDK 8.1

I am using

  • Android Studio 2021.3.1.16
  • Android NDK 21.4.7075529
  • Android SDK 31.0.0

Compilation Guide[1]

  1. Download the Telegram source code from in new window ( git clone in new window )
  2. Copy your release.keystore into TMessagesProj/config
  3. Fill out RELEASE_KEY_PASSWORD, RELEASE_KEY_ALIAS, RELEASE_STORE_PASSWORD in to access your release.keystore
  4. Go to in new window, create two android apps with application IDs org.telegram.messenger and org.telegram.messenger.beta, turn on firebase messaging and download google-services.json, which should be copied to the same folder as TMessagesProj.
  5. Open the project in the Studio (note that it should be opened, NOT imported).
  6. Fill out values in TMessagesProj/src/main/java/org/telegram/messenger/ – there’s a link for each of the variables showing where and which data to obtain.
  7. You are ready to compile Telegram.

Generate release.keystore

In Android Studio

  1. Find in Menu Bar: “Build” > “Generate Signed Bundle / APK …”
  2. Choose “APK” and click “Next”
  3. Click “Create New …” and fill in necessary fields
  4. Whatever

ASan compatibility

Telegram depends on some prebuilt static libraries. However, ASan requires a shared build.[2] I haven’t find a way to use ASan yet.

  1. DrKLO/Telegram: Telegram for Android sourceopen in new window ↩︎

  2. Address Sanitizer | Android NDK | Android Developersopen in new window ↩︎