How you can use Node.js to send messages via WhatsApp with Twilio’s API ?

First, here the things that you need:

  • Node and npm installed
  • Create an account with Twilio (it’s free to create)
  • And finally, Twilio and dotenv library

Once you sign up for the Twilio account, activate the Sandbox for Whatsapp. This enable you a shared phone number and allows you to test with WhatsApp service.

Then you have to opt in sending a message to the phone number provided from the sandbox. The message should say “join mass-there”, if everything is ok you will receive a confirmation response.

Now let’s start with Node.js

Once you are in the directory where is created the project, in the terminal run the following commands:

npm init -y
npm install twilio@3.30.0 dotenv

The first one to iniciate a package.json and the second one for install the dependencies.

The next step is create the file index.js with the following code:

const { config } = require('./config');

const accountSid = config.sid;
const authToken = config.token;
const client = require('twilio') (accountSid, authToken);

client.messages.create({
    from: 'whatsapp:+14155238886',
    body: 'Hello world this is CarlosVldz!!!',
    to: 'whatsapp:+5215555555555'
}).then(message => console.log(message.sid));

(Don’t forget replace the phone numbers in this example with your sandbox number and a personal number.)

Finally I used dotenv to configure the environment variables TWILIO_ACCOUNT_SID and TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN with their values from the account credentials. You can find both in your Twilio console.

.env.example

TWILIO_ACCOUNT_SID = "Your account sid"

TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN = "Your auth token"

In your terminal run this last command to send the WhatsApp message:

node index.js

In your phone check WhatsApp and you should have a new chat like this.

Hope you enjoyed!

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