Setup Guide - Voice & Messaging (Communications APIs)

Prerequisites

  • A Bandwidth Voice & Messaging account. Sign up or sign in here.
  • A web server or tunnel service like Ngrok where Bandwidth can send callbacks or find BXML documents online.

Step 1. Get a Bandwidth Telephone Number

  • Sign in to your Bandwidth Voice & Messaging account here.
  • Select "Numbers" from the main menu.
  • Select "Buy" from the sub menu.
  • Search by Area Code, Zip Code, or City.
  • Select a number from the list and click the Get Numbers button.

You should now have a Bandwidth number that can be used for Voice & Messaging applications.

Step 2. Create a Bandwidth Application and Associate Your Number.

  • Select Applications from the main menu.
  • Click the "Create New" button and give your application a name.
  • Set the Application's Callback Request Method to "POST" and set the Application Type to "Both".
  • Set the Messaging Callback URL to the URL where your messaging scripts will be hosted.
  • Set the Voice Callback URL to the URL where your BXML will be hosted.
  • Turn the Automatically Answer Incomming switch on.
  • Click the Create button.
  • Click the "+" in the Associated Numbers box (below the Application info).
  • Select your Bandwidth number.

Your number is now associated with this Application. When you call or text to your number, the application will send the appropriate callback to the URLs you specified.

Step 3. Get Your Bandwidth API User ID, Token, and Secret

*Bandwidth APIs use BASIC HTTP Authentication. You will need to have your user id, token and secret to make API calls. Additional help with security can be found here or by clicking the Security link in the navigation menu to the left.

  • Select Account from the main menu.
  • Click the "copy" link to copy your user id to the clipboard. Paste into a secure location on your computer.
  • Click the "Show Token and Secret" button.
  • Copy the token and secret to the clipboard and paste to a secure location on your computer.

You are now ready to use the Bandwidth Voice & Messaging APIs.

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