Your company has settled on Plivo to handle its voice and messaging communications, and now it’s your job to start integrating Plivo into your company’s applications. Don’t worry — Plivo has an SDK to help you out. Let’s see how to send and receive messages through Plivo in a PHP application.
Install the Plivo SDK
We’ll presume you already have PHP and Composer installed. Change to the directory into which you want to install the Plivo PHP release and run
composer require plivo/plivo-php
or you can download the source from our GitHub repository, then run
Find your Auth ID and Auth Token
You have to have proper credentials before you can use the Plivo API. We provide an Auth ID and Auth Token in the Account section at the top of your Plivo Console.
Choose a phone number
You need an SMS-enabled Plivo phone number to send messages to the US and Canada. Check the Numbers screen of your Plivo console to see what numbers you have available and which of them support SMS capabilities. You can also buy numbers from this screen.
SMS regulations followed by carriers vary from country to country. For messages to countries other than the US and Canada, you might want to register an alphanumeric sender ID for your messages. You can learn more about the use of alphanumeric sender ID and register one from your Plivo Console.
Send an SMS message
Now you’re ready to start. Create a file called SendSMS.php and paste in this code:
use Plivo\RestClient;$client = new RestClient("<auth_id>","<auth_token>");
$message_created = $client->messages->create(
Replace the placeholders
auth_token with actual values from your Plivo Console. Save the file and run it.
Note: If you’re using a Plivo trial account, you can send messages only to phone numbers that have been verified with Plivo. You can verify a phone number using the Sandbox Numbers page of the Console.
Receive an SMS message
Of course, sending messages is only half of the equation. Plivo supports receiving SMS text messages in many countries (see our SMS API coverage page and click on the countries you’re interested in). When someone sends an SMS message to a Plivo phone number, you can receive it on your server by setting a Message URL in your Plivo app. Plivo will send the message along with other parameters to your Message URL.
Use this code to start a local server:
require 'vendor/autoload.php';$from_number = $_REQUEST["From"];
$to_number = $_REQUEST["To"];
$text = $_REQUEST["Text"];echo("Message received - From $from_number, To: $to_number, Text: $text");
Save this code in any file — we’ll call ours receive_sms.php. To run this file on the server, go to the folder where this file resides and issue the command
php -S localhost:8000
That’s fine for testing, but it’s not much good if you can’t connect to the internet to receive incoming messages and handle callbacks. For that, we recommend using ngrok, which exposes local servers behind NATs and firewalls to the public internet over secure tunnels. Install it and run ngrok on the command line, specifying the port that hosts the application on which you want to receive messages:
./ngrok http [portnum]
Ngrok will display a forwarding link that you can use as a webhook to access your local server using the public network.
Now you can create an application to receive SMS messages (follow our Quickstart guide for details).
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Originally published at https://www.plivo.com on Feb 24, 2021.