Create a Voice API application

Use the Vonage CLI to create a Voice API application with the webhooks that will be responsible for answering a call on your Vonage number (/webhooks/answer) and logging call events (/webhooks/events), respectively.

These webhooks need to be accessible by Vonage's servers, so in this tutorial you will use ngrok to expose your local development environment to the public Internet. This blog post explains how to install and run ngrok.

Run ngrok using the following command:

ngrok http 3000

Make a note of the temporary host name that ngrok provides and use it in place of in the following command:

vonage apps:create "My Echo Server"

The command returns an application ID (which you should make a note of) and your public key information (which you can safely ignore for the purposes of this tutorial).

Use the CLI to create a Voice API Application that contains configuration details for the application you are building. These include:

Note: Your webhooks must be accessible over the public Internet. Consider using ngrok for testing purposes. If you do use ngrok, run it now on port 3000 using ngrok http 3000 to get the temporary URLs that ngrok provides and leave it running for the duration of this tutorial to prevent the URLs from changing.

Replace in the following command with your own public-facing URL or ngrok host name. Run it in the root of your application directory. This returns an application ID and downloads the authentication details in a file called call_transcription.key.

vonage apps:create "Call Transcription" --voice_answer_url= --voice_event_url=

Make a note of the Application ID and the location of the call_transcription.key file. You will need these in later steps.