Welcome to Nexmo Developer

We are improving our Documentation, API references, learning resources & tooling to help you more effectively use our services. We want to help you find everything you need to integrate Nexmo APIs into your code.

As we start this transition, we’d love to hear from you with thoughts & suggestions. If you’ve got something, positive or negative, to tell us, please tell us using the feedback tool at the bottom of each guide or file an issue on GitHub. - Nexmo

Receive a Delivery Receipt

Implement a delivery receipt webhook

To get a delivery receipt we need to implement a webhook endpoint the API will send the payload to.

const express = require('express')
const bodyParser = require('body-parser')

const app = express()
const port = process.env.PORT || 5000


  .get((request, response) => handleDeliveryReceipt(request.query, response))
  .post((request, response) => handleDeliveryReceipt(request.body, response))

function handleDeliveryReceipt(params, response) {

app.listen(port, () => {
  console.log(`Express server listening on port ${port} in ${app.settings.env} mode`)

Then run the server with:

$ node app.js

Make your machine publicly available

Your computer needs to be publicly available for Nexmo to send the payload to it. We recommend you try Ngrok  to do this quite easily.

$ ngrok http 5000

    ngrok by @inconshreveable                                                                                           (Ctrl+C to quit)

    Session Status                online
    Version                       2.1.18
    Region                        United States (us)
    Web Interface       
    Forwarding                    http://0bae3e3a.ngrok.io -> localhost:5000
    Forwarding                    https://0bae3e3a.ngrok.io -> localhost:5000

    Connections                   ttl     opn     rt1     rt5     p50     p90
                                  0       0       0.00    0.00    0.00    0.00

Tell Nexmo about your webhook endpoint

Now that your webhook endpoint is running, you need to tell Nexmo to send delivery receipts to this address.

The webhook URL is the forwarding address given to you by ngrok combined with /delivery-receipt.

For instance: https://0bae3e3a.ngrok.io/delivery-receipt

Paste your webhook URL into the settings section of Nexmo Dashboard  in the field marked labelled "Webhook URL for Delivery Receipt" and press 'Save Changes'.

Send a message

We are now ready to send the message, you can do this with the Nexmo CLI as such:

$ nexmo sms 447700900000 "This is a message from Nexmo API"

Shortly after your server should print the parameters:

  "to"=>"Nexmo CLI",
  "message-timestamp"=>"2020-01-01 14:00:00"

See also

  • Webhooks Guide — a detailed guide to how to use webhooks with Nexmo's platform