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AWS Lambda Function to send an SMS message via the Twilio API
console.log('Loading event');
// Twilio Credentials
var accountSid = '';
var authToken = '';
var fromNumber = '';
var https = require('https');
var queryString = require('querystring');
// Lambda function:
exports.handler = function (event, context) {
console.log('Running event');
// Send an SMS message to the number provided in the event data.
// End the lambda function when the send function completes.
SendSMS(event.to, 'Hello from Lambda Functions!',
function (status) { context.done(null, status); });
};
// Sends an SMS message using the Twilio API
// to: Phone number to send to
// body: Message body
// completedCallback(status) : Callback with status message when the function completes.
function SendSMS(to, body, completedCallback) {
// The SMS message to send
var message = {
To: to,
From: fromNumber,
Body: body
};
var messageString = queryString.stringify(message);
// Options and headers for the HTTP request
var options = {
host: 'api.twilio.com',
port: 443,
path: '/2010-04-01/Accounts/' + accountSid + '/Messages.json',
method: 'POST',
headers: {
'Content-Type': 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded',
'Content-Length': Buffer.byteLength(messageString),
'Authorization': 'Basic ' + new Buffer(accountSid + ':' + authToken).toString('base64')
}
};
// Setup the HTTP request
var req = https.request(options, function (res) {
res.setEncoding('utf-8');
// Collect response data as it comes back.
var responseString = '';
res.on('data', function (data) {
responseString += data;
});
// Log the responce received from Twilio.
// Or could use JSON.parse(responseString) here to get at individual properties.
res.on('end', function () {
console.log('Twilio Response: ' + responseString);
completedCallback('API request sent successfully.');
});
});
// Handler for HTTP request errors.
req.on('error', function (e) {
console.error('HTTP error: ' + e.message);
completedCallback('API request completed with error(s).');
});
// Send the HTTP request to the Twilio API.
// Log the message we are sending to Twilio.
console.log('Twilio API call: ' + messageString);
req.write(messageString);
req.end();
}
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@ghost ghost commented Jul 5, 2015

Thanks for the write up, I was able to use it for my usecase.

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@rozhok rozhok commented Aug 10, 2015

Thank you, this saved me lot of time.

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@swam92 swam92 commented Sep 15, 2015

Great

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@gbarnabic gbarnabic commented Sep 25, 2015

I tried this code within an Amazon Echo Alexa Skill and it didn't work. Obviously you have to be able to make external API calls from AWS. I must be missing a critical concept. I can't post on the Amazon discussion forums because I'm a newbie. Any thoughts by anyone who may read this?

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@VHERE VHERE commented Sep 30, 2015

I have tried this code and my message only stays in queued and delivery always fails. can you suggest where i might be doing wrong??

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@rcrathore rcrathore commented Oct 9, 2015

very helpful. thanks

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@roydondsouza roydondsouza commented Feb 4, 2017

For people having timeout issues. Check if your lambda function is configured for a VPC. If yes, check if the subnet has access to the Internet. http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AmazonVPC/latest/UserGuide/VPC_Internet_Gateway.html

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@falent falent commented Mar 27, 2017

roydondsouza could you please write how to setup a VPC for sending SMS with Twilio?

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@jwswj jwswj commented Sep 17, 2017

This was really useful. Thanks!

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