Inbound Message Webhook

In this code snippet you learn how to receive an inbound message using the inbound message webhook.

NOTE: Messages API does not support inbound SMS message and SMS delivery receipt callbacks via the application-specific webhooks. In order to receive callbacks for SMS message and SMS delivery receipts you need to set the account-level webhooks for SMS.

NOTE: Messages API supports signed webhooks so you can verify a request is coming from Vonage and its payload has not been tampered with during transit.

Example

Ensure that your inbound message webhook is set in the Dashboard. As a minimum your handler must return a 200 status code to avoid unnecessary callback queuing. Make sure your webhook server is running before testing your Messages application.

Prerequisites

If you do not have an application you can create one. Make sure you also configure your webhooks.

npm install express body-parser

Write the code

Add the following to inbound-message.js:

'use strict';
const express = require('express');
const bodyParser = require('body-parser');
const app = express();

app.use(bodyParser.json())
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({ extended: true }))

app.post('/webhooks/inbound-message', (req, res) => {
  console.log(req.body);
  res.status(200).end();
});

app.listen(3000)

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Run your code

Save this file to your machine and run it:

node inbound-message.js

Prerequisites

If you do not have an application you can create one. Make sure you also configure your webhooks.

pip install flask

Write the code

Add the following to app.py:

#!/usr/bin/env python3
from pprint import pprint
from flask import Flask, request, jsonify

app = Flask(__name__)

@app.route("/webhooks/inbound-message", methods=['POST'])
def inbound_message():
    data = request.get_json()
    pprint(data)
    return "200"

if __name__ == '__main__':
    app.run(host="www.example.org", port=3000)

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Run your code

Save this file to your machine and run it:

python3 app.py

Try it out

The webhook is invoked on receipt of an inbound message and the message details and data are printed to the console.