Short Codes

Send and receive the highest volume of text and picture messages in the least amount of time.




Use a short, recognizable number to send and receive messages with blazing speed.

Hassle-free procurement

Lease a new short code or migrate your existing one. Twilio manages the entire 8‑12 week carrier approval process so you don’t have to.

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Global coverage

With short codes available in the US, Canada, and the UK, and long code phone numbers in more than 100 locales, you can reach people anywhere in the world.

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100 messages per second

When timing counts, a Twilio Short Code gets your messages delivered without having to worry about message queueing or carrier filtering. Throughput starts at 100 messages per second.

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“The amount of engineering work it took to switch to the short code was trivial. It took us just ten minutes to make the change.”

Karl Savino CTO


Short codes can have a lot of snags to get caught on. Twilio smooths out the rough edges so you can spend more time shipping and less time chasing bugs.

Higher deliverability

Twilio Messaging Service features can reroute to standard long‑code phone numbers automatically in the US when a carrier is unable to receive messages from short codes.

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Content intelligence

Automatic picture transcoding, character encoding, and message assembly ensure that 

messages are delivered reliably without needing custom code.

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Smart response handling

Replace rigid keyword response logic with fluid natural language understanding powered by Twilio Autopilot to intelligently handle responses to short code messages.

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The Twilio advantage


Communicate reliably

Experience a 99.95% uptime SLA made possible with automated failover and zero maintenance windows.

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Operate at scale

Extend the same app you write once to new markets with configurable features for localization and compliance.

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Many channels

Use the same platform you know for voice, SMS, video, chat, two-factor authentication, and more.

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No shenanigans

Get to market faster with pay‑as‑you‑go pricing, free support, and the freedom to scale up or down without contracts.