How to Build an SMS Payment Notification System for Stripe with Laravel

March 20, 2019
Written by
Dotun Jolaoso
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For many online stores, it’s important as a business owner to be able to receive real-time notifications whenever a sale occurs in your store. In this tutorial, we will be looking at how we can achieve real-time notifications via SMS using Twilio’s REST API whenever a new sale occurs on your store.

Technical Requirements

To follow along, you’ll need the following:

Create A New Laravel Project

To get started, we need to install a new Laravel project. There are different ways to go about this, but for the sake of this tutorial, we’ll be using Composer. If you’d prefer an alternative, you can visit the docs to learn about the different ways to install a new Laravel project.

Open your terminal, and run the following command:

$ composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel twilio-stripe

This will install a new Laravel project for us in the twilio-stripe directory.

Handling Stripe Webhooks

Next, we’ll be making use of a Laravel package to help us handle incoming webhooks from Stripe. Once again, we’ll be using Composer to install the package.

$ composer require spatie/laravel-stripe-webhooks

Since we’re using Laravel 5.7, the service providers would have been automatically registered. To publish the config file associated with the package, run:

$ php artisan vendor:publish --provider=”Spatie\StripeWebhooks\StripeWebhooksServiceProvider” --tag=”config”

This will simply add a stripe-webhooks.php file to the config folder. This package will also log all valid calls to a database. To publish the migrations from the package, run the following command:

$ php artisan vendor:publish --provider=”Spatie\StripeWebhooks\StripeWebhooksServiceProvider” --tag=”migrations”

This will add a new migration file to the database/migrations folder. You can delete the user and password resets migration that comes by default with Laravel. We won’t be needing them for this tutorial.

Next, edit the .env with your database credentials and then run the migration using:

$ php artisan migrate

Create Webhook Endpoint

Let’s add our webhook endpoint to our routes. Edit the routes/web.php file with the following code:


We’ve added a new route using the package we installed earlier. This will automatically register a POST route to a controller provided by the package. You can read more about using the package here.

Disable CSRF Verification

Because Stripe has no way to obtain a CSRF Token from our application, it’s important we disable CSRF verification for the endpoint we created earlier. The VerifyCsrfToken middleware is used for validating all tokens. Luckily, the middleware accepts an except array which accepts a list of endpoints to disable CSRF verification for.

Edit the app\Http\Middleware\VerifyCsrfToken.php file and add the route we created earlier to the except array.


protected $except = [


Laravel’s Events provide a great way to separate our application logic while allowing us to subscribe and listen to various events that occur in our application. You can read more about Laravel’s Events here.

The package we are currently using will always trigger an event related to the Stripe event type. Hence, all we need to do is register the particular event we shall be expecting from Stripe and associate a listener to the event.

Registering the Event

Since we want to be notified whenever a sale has occurred in our store, we’ll be looking out for the charge.succeeded event Stripe usually sends out whenever a new charge is created and is successful.

Head over to the app\Providers\EventServiceProvider.php file and register the event under the $listen array.

protected $listen = [
    'stripe-webhooks::charge.succeeded' => []

Creating the Listener

Next, we need to associate a listener to the event we just registered. This listener will be responsible for triggering the SMS notification whenever a new sale has just been recorded.

Run the following command:

$ php artisan make:listener SendSmsNotification

This will generate a new listener for us in the app\Listeners folder. We need to let Laravel know the listener we just created is associated with the event we registered earlier.

Edit the app\Providers\EventServiceProvider.php file with the following code:

protected $listen = [
    'stripe-webhooks::charge.succeeded' => [

NOTE: Don’t forget to import the SendSMSNotification class at the top of the file by adding use App\Listeners\SendSmsNotification;.

Set Up Ngrok

Since our application is currently local, Stripe has no way of notifying us about events. However, we can use Ngrok to set up a public URL so that our app is accessible over the web.


$ ./ngrok http 80

NOTE: Depending on how your development environment is set up, you might need to use a different command to expose your local web server to the internet. You can check the docs to find the appropriate command that works for your development environment.

This will display a UI in your terminal with your new Public URL and other information.

Take note of the first Forwarding URL as this is what will use to configure our Stripe Webhook.

Add Webhook Endpoint To Stripe

Stripe makes use of Webhooks to notify our applications whenever a specific event has occurred on your Stripe account. Head over to your Stripe Dashboard and set the mode to Test so that we can send test data to the webhook endpoint we will be adding shortly.

Under the Developers->Webhooks section, select Add Endpoint and then add the URL endpoint (e.g.

NOTE: The Ngrok generated URL will be different in your case

Your configuration should look like something similar to this:

Checking Webhook Signatures

It’s important to validate that any incoming request made to our webhook endpoint is actually from Stripe and not from a third party. As a result, Stripe can sign the webhook event it will send to our endpoint. You can read more about this here.

Our package will automatically take care of verifying the Signature. All we need to note is the signing secret for that particular webhook endpoint and then add it to our .env file.

Add the following to your .env file.


Set Up Twilio

We need to import Twilio into our app so we can start sending outbound SMS messages. We’ll be using the Twilio SDK for PHP to interact with Twilio’s API so we need to install the library.

Run the following command:

$ composer require twilio/sdk

Environment and Config Variables

To be able to successfully interact with Twilio’s API, we’ll be needing certain credentials from our Twilio Dashboard. Head over to your Twilio Dashboard and note the following Account Sid, Auth Token. You’ll also need a Twilio phone number to send text messages from.

Next, add those credentials to your .env file.


Then, edit the config/services.php file to reflect a new Twilio array so we can reference the environment variables we just defined.

'twilio' => [
    'account_sid' => env('TWILIO_ACCOUNT_SID'),
    'auth_token' => env('TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN'),
    'number' => env('TWILIO_NUMBER'),

Create a Twilio Class

We’ll be using a custom Twilio class to interact with the Twilio SDK for PHP we installed earlier.

Create a new Twilio.php file under the app\Services directory and then add the following code:


namespace App\Services;

use Twilio\Rest\Client;

class Twilio 
    protected $account_sid;

    protected $auth_token;

    protected $number;

    protected $client;

     * Create a new instance
     * @return void

    public function __construct()
        $this->account_sid = config('services.twilio.account_sid');

        $this->auth_token = config('services.twilio.auth_token');

        $this->number = config('services.twilio.number');

        $this->client = $this->setUp();

    public function setUp()
        $client = new Client($this->account_sid, $this->auth_token);

        return $client;

    public function send($number, $message)

       $message = $this->client->messages->create($number, [
            'from' => $this->number,
            'body' => $message

        return $message;

In the constructor, we have initialized the Twilio credentials we added to our config\services.php file earlier. We also created a new Twilio Rest Client and assigned it to the client property of our class.

The send() method accepts the phone number we would like to send the message to as well as the message itself and then sends the SMS using the Twilio API.

Sending an SMS Notification

Remember the listener we created earlier? It’s time to get it to do its job. Edit the app\Listeners\SendSmsNotification.php file with the following code:


namespace App\Listeners;

use Illuminate\Queue\InteractsWithQueue;
use Illuminate\Contracts\Queue\ShouldQueue;
use Spatie\StripeWebhooks\StripeWebhookCall;
use App\Services\Twilio;

class SendSmsNotification implements ShouldQueue
     * Create the event listener.
     * @return void
    public function __construct()

     * Handle the event.
     * @param  object  $event
     * @return void
    public function handle(StripeWebhookCall $webhookCall)
        $amount = $webhookCall['payload']['data']['object']['amount'] / 100; 

        $phone_number = getenv('PHONE_NUMBER'); //phone number to send the text to

        $message = 'Hi, A new Sale of $' .$amount. ' was just recorded in your store';

        $twilio = new Twilio();

        $twilio->send($phone_number, $message);

NOTE: Don’t forget to set the PHONE_NUMBER value in your .env file

The handle() method is responsible for triggering the SMS notification. We get the Stripe amount from the payload and then divide by 100 to convert from cents to dollars. Next, we get the phone number we would like to send the text to. Using the Twilio class we created, we send the SMS notification.


To test, head over to your Stripe account and send a test event to the webhook endpoint we created. You should receive a text informing you that a sale has just been recorded in your store.


In this tutorial we have explored how you can receive SMS notifications from your Laravel app while using the Twilio PHP Library to send outbound SMS. In case you would like to receive SMS notifications for other kinds of events from Stripe, all you need to do is register the type of event and attach a listener similar to the one we created earlier, to the event.

You can find the repo for this tutorial on Github.

Dotun Jolaoso
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