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Sending SMS with Laravel and Twilio

Easily send SMS in Laravel with Twilio integration. Follow our quick tutorial to set up, install, and implement SMS functionality for efficient communication in your web app.

Writton on February 03, 2024 by Laup Wing

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In this tutorial, we'll leverage the robust Laravel framework to easily integrate Twilio for sending SMS within a web application.

Create a laravel project

Begin by creating a new Laravel project, changing directories to the project, and opening it with Visual Studio Code.

composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app cd ./example-app code .
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Install twilio sms package

Download the Twilio package to enable SMS functionality in your Laravel web application

composer require twilio/sdk
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Retrieve Twilio Authentication Keys

Register on Twilio, navigate to your console, and copy both the Account SID and Auth Token. Place these credentials in your .env file.

TWILIO_SID=YOUR_SID_HERE

TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN=YOUR_AUTH_TOKEN_HERE

Creating a controller

Generate a controller to connect an endpoint to your Laravel project. Use the following command, naming the controller SmsController.

php artisan make:controller SmsController
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Implement SMS Functionality See the full code below for sending an SMS with Twilio in the SmsController

<?php namespace App\Http\Controllers; use Illuminate\Http\Request; use Twilio\Rest\Client; class SmsController extends Controller { public function index(Request $request) { $account_sid = getenv("TWILIO_SID"); $auth_token = getenv("TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN"); $client = new Client($account_sid, $auth_token); $message_id = $client->messages->create( $request->input("phonenumber"), [ "from" => $request->input("from"), "body" => $request->input("body") ] ); return response([ "message" => "You have send an sms", "message_id" => $message_id ]); } } ### Twilio client initialization ```php $account_sid = getenv("TWILIO_SID"); $auth_token = getenv("TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN"); $client = new Client($account_sid, $auth_token);
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Retrieve Twilio Account SID and Auth Token from environment variables and create a new instance of the Client class from the Twilio SDK.

Twilio message send

$message_id = $client->messages->create( $request->input("phonenumber"), [ "from" => $request->input("from"), "body" => $request->input("body") ] );
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Attempt to send an SMS message using the Twilio API, extracting sender and receiver phone numbers along with the message body from the HTTP request.

Return a response

return response([ "message" => "You have send an sms", "message_id" => $message_id ]);
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