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Send SMS with PHP and Twilio

PHP and sending SMS with Twilio

It takes just a few lines of code and even fewer minutes to send your first text message with PHP and Twilio. Here’s how:


Sign up for a free Twilio account and buy a phone number.

Install the PHP helper library with Composer: composer require twilio/sdk:5.* then put   require "vendor/autoload.php'; at the top of your file.

Find your account SID and auth token in your console dashboard, and your phone number in your phone numbers list.

Create a file called send-sms.php  and paste in the code below to:

  1. Include the helper library
  2. Create a Twilio client using our account credentials
  3. Create a new message from our Twilio number, to our cellphone


require_once "vendor/autoload.php"; 
use Twilio\Rest\Client;

$account_sid = "YOUR_TWILIO_ACCOUNT_SID";
$auth_token = "YOUR_TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN";
$twilio_phone_number = "YOUR_TWILIO_PHONE_NUMBER";

$client = new Client($account_sid, $auth_token);

        "from" => $twilio_phone_number,
        "body" => "Whaddup from PHP!"

Save your file and run it:

php send-sms.php

Boom! Your phone should light up with a text!

Next Steps

We’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible with PHP and Twilio. If you’d like to explore more, check these out:

If you build something sweet using PHP and Twilio, or if you have any questions, I’d love to hear about it. Please drop me a line at @greggyb or



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