Programmable SMS

Twilio makes sending and receiving SMS easy. Find the documentation, sample code, and developer tools you need to build exactly what you want, fast. We’ll handle the complexity of mobile carrier and global regulations. Let’s get building.

Send your first message
When your phone number receives an incoming message, Twilio will send an HTTP request to your server at /sms
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Twilio servers
Your app tells Twilio how to respond with a text message
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Your app

const MessagingResponse =
  require("twilio").twiml.MessagingResponse;

  app.post("/sms", (req, res) => {
    const twiml = new MessagingResponse();
    twiml.message("Thanks for signing up!");
    res.end(twiml.toString());
  });
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Twilio gets the instructions from your app and sends the text message
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Thanks for signing up!
Recipient’s phone

Get Started

"Ahoy, World" is a few lines of code away. Choose your programming language and dive in. We’ve got helper libraries and Quickstarts to get you sending SMS and MMS in your web app, fast.

<?php
// Get the PHP helper library from https://twilio.com/docs/libraries/php
require_once '/path/to/vendor/autoload.php'; // Loads the library
use Twilio\Rest\Client;

// Your Account Sid and Auth Token from twilio.com/user/account
$sid = "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX";
$token = "your_auth_token";
$client = new Client($sid, $token);

// Get an object from its sid. If you do not have a sid,
// check out the list resource examples on this page
$message = $client
    ->messages("MM800f449d0399ed014aae2bcc0cc2f2ec")
    ->fetch();

echo $message->body;
/**
 * Download the Node helper library from
 * twilio.com/docs/node/install
 * These consts are your accountSid and authToken from
 * /console
**/

const accountSid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
const authToken = 'your_auth_token'
const client = require('twilio')(accountSid, authToken)

client.messages('MM800f449d0399ed014aae2bcc0cc2f2ec')
  .fetch()
  .then(message => console.log(message.body))
# Download the Python helper library from twilio.com/docs/python/install
from twilio.rest import Client

# Your Account Sid and Auth Token from twilio.com/user/account
account_sid = "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
auth_token = "your_auth_token"
client = Client(account_sid, auth_token)

message = client.messages("MM800f449d0399ed014aae2bcc0cc2f2ec") \
                .fetch()

print(message.body.encode('utf-8'))
# Get twilio-ruby from twilio.com/docs/ruby/install
require 'twilio-ruby'

# Get your Account SID and Auth Token from twilio.com/console
account_sid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
auth_token = 'your_auth_token'

# Initialize Twilio Client
@client = Twilio::REST::Client.new(account_sid, auth_token)

# Get an object from its sid. If you do not have a sid,
# check out the list resource examples on this page
@message = @client.api.messages('MM800f449d0399ed014aae2bcc0cc2f2ec').fetch

puts @message.body
// Install the Java helper library from twilio.com/docs/java/install
import com.twilio.Twilio;
import com.twilio.rest.api.v2010.account.Message;

public class Example {

    // Find your Account Sid and Token at twilio.com/user/account
    public static final String ACCOUNT_SID = "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX";
    public static final String AUTH_TOKEN = "your_auth_token";

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Twilio.init(ACCOUNT_SID, AUTH_TOKEN);

        // Get an object from its sid. If you do not have a sid,
        // check out the list resource examples on this page
        Message message = Message.fetcher("MM5ef8732a3c49700934481addd5ce1659").fetch();
        System.out.println(message.getBody());
    }
}
// Download the twilio-csharp library from twilio.com/docs/libraries/csharp
using System;
using Twilio;
using Twilio.Rest.Api.V2010.Account;

class Example
{
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        // Find your Account Sid and Auth Token at twilio.com/console
        const string accountSid = "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX";
        const string authToken = "your_auth_token";
        TwilioClient.Init(accountSid, authToken);

        var message = MessageResource.Fetch("MM800f449d0399ed014aae2bcc0cc2f2ec");

        Console.WriteLine(message.Body);
    }
}

Ahoy, World!

Send your first message. Jump to a Quickstart in the language of your choice:

Build your App

You’ve got an idea in mind. Let’s get it to production.

Pick the docs that are right for you. These guides, sample app tutorials, and API reference docs will get you across the deploy line, straight to HTTP 200 OK.

Guides

Step-by-step instructions for how to build common features:

Sample App Tutorials

API Reference

Advanced Features

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