Send SMS and MMS Messages

In this guide, we'll show you how to use Programmable SMS to send SMS and MMS messages in your web application.

If you're looking to send and verify tokens via SMS, check out our account security APIs for Authy (2FA) and Verify (Phone Verification).

Choose a language and let's get started! 

You can also learn how to send an SMS message from bash/zsh or the C shell

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// Twilio Credentials
const accountSid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX';
const authToken = 'your_auth_token';

// require the Twilio module and create a REST client
const client = require('twilio')(accountSid, authToken);

client.messages.create(
  {
    to: '+15558675310',
    from: '+15017122661',
    body: 'This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?',
  },
  (err, message) => {
    console.log(message.sid);
  }
);
// Download the helper library from https://www.twilio.com/docs/node/install
// Your Account Sid and Auth Token from twilio.com/console
const accountSid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX';
const authToken = 'your_auth_token';
const client = require('twilio')(accountSid, authToken);

client.messages
  .create({
     body: 'This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?',
     from: '+15017122661',
     to: '+15558675310'
   })
  .then(message => console.log(message.sid))
  .done();
// Download the twilio-csharp library from twilio.com/docs/csharp/install
using System;
using Twilio;
class Example
{
 static void Main(string[] args)
 {
    // Find your Account Sid and Auth Token at twilio.com/user/account
    string AccountSid = "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX";
    string AuthToken = "your_auth_token";
    var twilio = new TwilioRestClient(AccountSid, AuthToken);

    var message = twilio.SendMessage(
        "+15017122661", "+15558675310",
        "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?"
    );
    Console.WriteLine(message.Sid);
 }
}
<?php

// this line loads the library 
require('/path/to/twilio-php/Services/Twilio.php'); 
 
$account_sid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'; 
$auth_token = 'your_auth_token'; 
$client = new Services_Twilio($account_sid, $auth_token); 
 
$client->account->messages->create(array( 
    'To' => "+15558675310", 
    'From' => "+15017122661", 
    'Body' => "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?", 
));
require 'rubygems' # not necessary with ruby 1.9 but included for completeness
require 'twilio-ruby'

# put your own credentials here
account_sid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
auth_token = 'your_auth_token'

# set up a client to talk to the Twilio REST API
client = Twilio::REST::Client.new account_sid, auth_token

body = 'This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?'
client.account.messages.create(from: '+15017122661',
                               to: '+15558675310',
                               body: body)
// Install the C# / .NET helper library from twilio.com/docs/csharp/install

using System;
using Twilio;
using Twilio.Rest.Api.V2010.Account;


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

        TwilioClient.Init(accountSid, authToken);

        var message = MessageResource.Create(
            body: "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?",
            from: new Twilio.Types.PhoneNumber("+15017122661"),
            to: new Twilio.Types.PhoneNumber("+15558675310")
        );

        Console.WriteLine(message.Sid);
    }
}
<?php

// Update the path below to your autoload.php,
// see https://getcomposer.org/doc/01-basic-usage.md
require_once '/path/to/vendor/autoload.php';

use Twilio\Rest\Client;

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

$message = $twilio->messages
                  ->create("+15558675310",
                           array(
                               "body" => "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?",
                               "from" => "+15017122661"
                           )
                  );

print($message->sid);
from twilio.rest import TwilioRestClient

# put your own credentials here
ACCOUNT_SID = "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
AUTH_TOKEN = "your_auth_token"

client = TwilioRestClient(ACCOUNT_SID, AUTH_TOKEN)

client.messages.create(
    to="+15558675310",
    from_="+15017122661",
    body="This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?",
)
# Download the helper library from https://www.twilio.com/docs/ruby/install
require 'rubygems'
require 'twilio-ruby'

# Your Account Sid and Auth Token from twilio.com/console
account_sid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
auth_token = 'your_auth_token'
@client = Twilio::REST::Client.new(account_sid, auth_token)

message = @client.messages
  .create(
     body: 'This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?',
     from: '+15017122661',
     to: '+15558675310'
   )

puts message.sid
// You may want to be more specific in your imports
import java.util.*;
import com.twilio.sdk.*;
import com.twilio.sdk.resource.factory.*;
import com.twilio.sdk.resource.instance.*;
import com.twilio.sdk.resource.list.*;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import org.apache.http.NameValuePair;
import org.apache.http.message.BasicNameValuePair;

public class TwilioTest {
 // 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) throws TwilioRestException {
  TwilioRestClient client = new TwilioRestClient(ACCOUNT_SID, AUTH_TOKEN);

   // Build the parameters
   List<NameValuePair> params = new ArrayList<NameValuePair>();
   params.add(new BasicNameValuePair("To", "+15558675310"));
   params.add(new BasicNameValuePair("From", "+15017122661"));
   params.add(new BasicNameValuePair("Body", "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?"));

   MessageFactory messageFactory = client.getAccount().getMessageFactory();
   Message message = messageFactory.create(params);
   System.out.println(message.getSid());
 }
}
# Download the helper library from https://www.twilio.com/docs/python/install
from twilio.rest import Client


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

message = client.messages \
    .create(
         body='This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?',
         from_='+15017122661',
         to='+15558675310'
     )

print(message.sid)
// Install the Java helper library from twilio.com/docs/java/install

import com.twilio.Twilio;
import com.twilio.rest.api.v2010.account.Message;
import com.twilio.type.PhoneNumber;

public class Example {
    // Find your Account Sid and Token at twilio.com/console
    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);
        Message message = Message.creator(
                new com.twilio.type.PhoneNumber("+15558675310"),
                new com.twilio.type.PhoneNumber("+15017122661"),
                "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?")
            .create();

        System.out.println(message.getSid());
    }
}
curl -X POST https://api.twilio.com/2010-04-01/Accounts/ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Messages.json \
--data-urlencode "Body=This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?" \
--data-urlencode "From=+15017122661" \
--data-urlencode "To=+15558675310" \
-u ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX:your_auth_token
{
  "account_sid": "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX",
  "api_version": "2010-04-01",
  "body": "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?",
  "date_created": "Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:12:31 +0000",
  "date_sent": "Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:12:33 +0000",
  "date_updated": "Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:12:33 +0000",
  "direction": "outbound-api",
  "error_code": null,
  "error_message": null,
  "from": "+15017122661",
  "messaging_service_sid": "MGXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX",
  "num_media": "0",
  "num_segments": "1",
  "price": "-0.00750",
  "price_unit": "USD",
  "sid": "MMXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX",
  "status": "sent",
  "subresource_uris": {
    "media": "/2010-04-01/Accounts/ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Messages/SMXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Media.json"
  },
  "to": "+15558675310",
  "uri": "/2010-04-01/Accounts/ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Messages/SMXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.json"
}
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<TwilioResponse>
<Message>
  <Sid>MMc781610ec0b3400c9e0cab8e757da937</Sid>
  <DateCreated>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:09:09 +0000</DateCreated>
  <DateUpdated>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:09:09 +0000</DateUpdated>
  <DateSent/>
  <AccountSid>ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX</AccountSid>
  <To>+15558675310</To>
  <From>+15017122661</From>
  <Body>This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?</Body>
  <Status>queued</Status>
  <NumSegments>1</NumSegments>
  <NumMedia>0</NumMedia>
  <Direction>outbound-api</Direction>
  <ApiVersion>2010-04-01</ApiVersion>
  <Price/>
  <PriceUnit>USD</PriceUnit>
  <ErrorCode/>
  <ErrorMessage/>
  <Uri>/2010-04-01/Accounts/ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Messages/MMf1150fe5baf04104a39c3f311a053e4e.xml</Uri>
  <SubresourceUris/>
</Message>
</TwilioResponse>
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// Twilio Credentials
const accountSid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX';
const authToken = 'your_auth_token';

// require the Twilio module and create a REST client
const client = require('twilio')(accountSid, authToken);

client.messages.create(
  {
    to: '+15558675310',
    from: '+15017122661',
    body: 'This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?',
  },
  (err, message) => {
    console.log(message.sid);
  }
);
// Download the helper library from https://www.twilio.com/docs/node/install
// Your Account Sid and Auth Token from twilio.com/console
const accountSid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX';
const authToken = 'your_auth_token';
const client = require('twilio')(accountSid, authToken);

client.messages
  .create({
     body: 'This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?',
     from: '+15017122661',
     to: '+15558675310'
   })
  .then(message => console.log(message.sid))
  .done();
// Download the twilio-csharp library from twilio.com/docs/csharp/install
using System;
using Twilio;
class Example
{
 static void Main(string[] args)
 {
    // Find your Account Sid and Auth Token at twilio.com/user/account
    string AccountSid = "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX";
    string AuthToken = "your_auth_token";
    var twilio = new TwilioRestClient(AccountSid, AuthToken);

    var message = twilio.SendMessage(
        "+15017122661", "+15558675310",
        "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?"
    );
    Console.WriteLine(message.Sid);
 }
}
<?php

// this line loads the library 
require('/path/to/twilio-php/Services/Twilio.php'); 
 
$account_sid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'; 
$auth_token = 'your_auth_token'; 
$client = new Services_Twilio($account_sid, $auth_token); 
 
$client->account->messages->create(array( 
    'To' => "+15558675310", 
    'From' => "+15017122661", 
    'Body' => "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?", 
));
require 'rubygems' # not necessary with ruby 1.9 but included for completeness
require 'twilio-ruby'

# put your own credentials here
account_sid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
auth_token = 'your_auth_token'

# set up a client to talk to the Twilio REST API
client = Twilio::REST::Client.new account_sid, auth_token

body = 'This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?'
client.account.messages.create(from: '+15017122661',
                               to: '+15558675310',
                               body: body)
// Install the C# / .NET helper library from twilio.com/docs/csharp/install

using System;
using Twilio;
using Twilio.Rest.Api.V2010.Account;


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

        TwilioClient.Init(accountSid, authToken);

        var message = MessageResource.Create(
            body: "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?",
            from: new Twilio.Types.PhoneNumber("+15017122661"),
            to: new Twilio.Types.PhoneNumber("+15558675310")
        );

        Console.WriteLine(message.Sid);
    }
}
<?php

// Update the path below to your autoload.php,
// see https://getcomposer.org/doc/01-basic-usage.md
require_once '/path/to/vendor/autoload.php';

use Twilio\Rest\Client;

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

$message = $twilio->messages
                  ->create("+15558675310",
                           array(
                               "body" => "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?",
                               "from" => "+15017122661"
                           )
                  );

print($message->sid);
from twilio.rest import TwilioRestClient

# put your own credentials here
ACCOUNT_SID = "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"
AUTH_TOKEN = "your_auth_token"

client = TwilioRestClient(ACCOUNT_SID, AUTH_TOKEN)

client.messages.create(
    to="+15558675310",
    from_="+15017122661",
    body="This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?",
)
# Download the helper library from https://www.twilio.com/docs/ruby/install
require 'rubygems'
require 'twilio-ruby'

# Your Account Sid and Auth Token from twilio.com/console
account_sid = 'ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX'
auth_token = 'your_auth_token'
@client = Twilio::REST::Client.new(account_sid, auth_token)

message = @client.messages
  .create(
     body: 'This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?',
     from: '+15017122661',
     to: '+15558675310'
   )

puts message.sid
// You may want to be more specific in your imports
import java.util.*;
import com.twilio.sdk.*;
import com.twilio.sdk.resource.factory.*;
import com.twilio.sdk.resource.instance.*;
import com.twilio.sdk.resource.list.*;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;
import org.apache.http.NameValuePair;
import org.apache.http.message.BasicNameValuePair;

public class TwilioTest {
 // 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) throws TwilioRestException {
  TwilioRestClient client = new TwilioRestClient(ACCOUNT_SID, AUTH_TOKEN);

   // Build the parameters
   List<NameValuePair> params = new ArrayList<NameValuePair>();
   params.add(new BasicNameValuePair("To", "+15558675310"));
   params.add(new BasicNameValuePair("From", "+15017122661"));
   params.add(new BasicNameValuePair("Body", "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?"));

   MessageFactory messageFactory = client.getAccount().getMessageFactory();
   Message message = messageFactory.create(params);
   System.out.println(message.getSid());
 }
}
# Download the helper library from https://www.twilio.com/docs/python/install
from twilio.rest import Client


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

message = client.messages \
    .create(
         body='This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?',
         from_='+15017122661',
         to='+15558675310'
     )

print(message.sid)
// Install the Java helper library from twilio.com/docs/java/install

import com.twilio.Twilio;
import com.twilio.rest.api.v2010.account.Message;
import com.twilio.type.PhoneNumber;

public class Example {
    // Find your Account Sid and Token at twilio.com/console
    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);
        Message message = Message.creator(
                new com.twilio.type.PhoneNumber("+15558675310"),
                new com.twilio.type.PhoneNumber("+15017122661"),
                "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?")
            .create();

        System.out.println(message.getSid());
    }
}
curl -X POST https://api.twilio.com/2010-04-01/Accounts/ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Messages.json \
--data-urlencode "Body=This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?" \
--data-urlencode "From=+15017122661" \
--data-urlencode "To=+15558675310" \
-u ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX:your_auth_token
{
  "account_sid": "ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX",
  "api_version": "2010-04-01",
  "body": "This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?",
  "date_created": "Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:12:31 +0000",
  "date_sent": "Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:12:33 +0000",
  "date_updated": "Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:12:33 +0000",
  "direction": "outbound-api",
  "error_code": null,
  "error_message": null,
  "from": "+15017122661",
  "messaging_service_sid": "MGXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX",
  "num_media": "0",
  "num_segments": "1",
  "price": "-0.00750",
  "price_unit": "USD",
  "sid": "MMXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX",
  "status": "sent",
  "subresource_uris": {
    "media": "/2010-04-01/Accounts/ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Messages/SMXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Media.json"
  },
  "to": "+15558675310",
  "uri": "/2010-04-01/Accounts/ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Messages/SMXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX.json"
}
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<TwilioResponse>
<Message>
  <Sid>MMc781610ec0b3400c9e0cab8e757da937</Sid>
  <DateCreated>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:09:09 +0000</DateCreated>
  <DateUpdated>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:09:09 +0000</DateUpdated>
  <DateSent/>
  <AccountSid>ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX</AccountSid>
  <To>+15558675310</To>
  <From>+15017122661</From>
  <Body>This is the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs?</Body>
  <Status>queued</Status>
  <NumSegments>1</NumSegments>
  <NumMedia>0</NumMedia>
  <Direction>outbound-api</Direction>
  <ApiVersion>2010-04-01</ApiVersion>
  <Price/>
  <PriceUnit>USD</PriceUnit>
  <ErrorCode/>
  <ErrorMessage/>
  <Uri>/2010-04-01/Accounts/ACXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX/Messages/MMf1150fe5baf04104a39c3f311a053e4e.xml</Uri>
  <SubresourceUris/>
</Message>
</TwilioResponse>