PHP Client for using Nexmo's API.

Installs: 3 127 632

Dependents: 21

Suggesters: 19

Stars: 502

Watchers: 34

Forks: 91

Open Issues: 11


Build Status Latest Stable Version MIT licensed

This library requires a minimum PHP version of 5.6

This is the PHP client library for use Nexmo's API. To use this, you'll need a Nexmo account. Sign up for free at This is currently a beta release, see contributing for more information.


To use the client library you'll need to have created a Nexmo account.

To install the PHP client library to your project, we recommend using Composer.

composer require nexmo/client

You don't need to clone this repository to use this library in your own projects. Use Composer to install it from Packagist.

If you're new to Composer, here are some resources that you may find useful:


If you're using Composer, make sure the autoloader is included in your project's bootstrap file:

require_once "vendor/autoload.php";

Create a client with your API key and secret:

$client = new Nexmo\Client(new Nexmo\Client\Credentials\Basic(API_KEY, API_SECRET));     

For testing purposes you may want to change the URL that nexmo-php makes requests to from to something else. You can do this by providing an array containing base_api_url as the second parameter when creating a Nexmo\Client instance.

$client = new Nexmo\Client(
    new Nexmo\Client\Credentials\Basic(API_KEY, API_SECRET),
        'base_api_url' => ''

For APIs that would usually hit, supplying a base_rest_url as an option to the constructor will change those requests.


Sending a Message

To use Nexmo's SMS API to send an SMS message, call the $client->message()->send() method.

The API can be called directly, using a simple array of parameters, the keys match the parameters of the API.

$message = $client->message()->send([
    'to' => NEXMO_TO,
    'from' => NEXMO_FROM,
    'text' => 'Test message from the Nexmo PHP Client'

The API response data can be accessed as array properties of the message.

echo "Sent message to " . $message['to'] . ". Balance is now " . $message['remaining-balance'] . PHP_EOL;

A message object is a more expressive way to create and send messages. Each message type can be constructed with the required parameters, and a fluent interface provides access to optional parameters.

$text = new \Nexmo\Message\Text(NEXMO_TO, NEXMO_FROM, 'Test message using PHP client library');

The message object is passed to the same send method:


Once sent, the message object can be used to access the response data.

echo "Sent message to " . $text->getTo() . ". Balance is now " . $text->getRemainingBalance() . PHP_EOL;

Array access can still be used:

echo "Sent message to " . $text['to'] . ". Balance is now " . $text['remaining-balance'] . PHP_EOL;

If the message text had to be sent as multiple messages, by default, the data of the last message is returned. However, specific message data can be accessed using array notation, passing an index to a getter, or iterating over the object.

foreach($text as $index => $data){

The send example also has full working examples.

Receiving a Message

Inbound messages are sent to your application as a webhook, and the client library provides a way to create an inbound message object from a webhook:

$inbound = \Nexmo\Message\InboundMessage::createFromGlobals();
} else {
    error_log('invalid message');

You can also access the webhook data as an array:

$inbound = \Nexmo\Message\InboundMessage::createFromGlobals();

Fetching a Message

You can retrieve a message log from the API using the ID of the message:

$message = $client->message()->search('02000000DA7C52E7');
echo "The body of the message was: " . $message->getBody();

If the message was sent to a Nexmo virtual number, the object will be an instance of Nexmo\Message\InboundMessage, if the message was sent from your account, it will be an instance of Nexmo\Message\Message. You can also pass a message object to the client:

$message = new \Nexmo\Message\InboundMessage('02000000DA7C52E7');
echo "The body of the message was: " . $message->getBody();

Signing a Message

You may also like to read the documentation about message signing.

The SMS API supports the ability to sign messages by generating and adding a signature using a "Signature Secret" rather than your API secret. The algorithms supported are:

  • md5hash1
  • md5
  • sha1
  • sha256
  • sha512

Both your application and Nexmo need to agree on which algorithm is used. In the dashboard, visit your account settings page and under "API Settings" you can select the algorithm to use. This is also the location where you will find your "Signature Secret" (it's different from the API secret).

Create a client using these credentials and the algorithm to use, for example:

$client = new Nexmo\Client(new Nexmo\Client\Credentials\SignatureSecret(API_KEY, SIGNATURE_SECRET, 'sha256'));

Using this client, your SMS API messages will be sent as signed messages.

Verifying an Incoming Message Signature

You may also like to read the documentation about message signing.

If you have message signing enabled for incoming messages, the SMS webhook will include the fields sig, nonce and timestamp. To verify the signature is from Nexmo, you create a Signature object using the incoming data, your signature secret and the signature method. Then use the check() method with the actual signature that was received (usually _GET['sig']) to make sure that it is correct.

$signature = new \Nexmo\Client\Signature($_GET, SIGNATURE_SECRET, 'sha256');

// is it valid? Will be true or false
$isValid = $signature->check($_GET['sig']);

Using your signature secret and the other supplied parameters, the signature can be calculated and checked against the incoming signature value.

Starting a Verification

Nexmo's Verify API makes it easy to prove that a user has provided their own phone number during signup, or implement second factor authentication during signin.

You can start a verification process using a simple array:

$verification = $client->verify()->start([
    'number' => '14845551212',
    'brand'  => 'My App'
echo "Started verification with an id of: " . $verification->getRequestId();

Or you can pass the client a verification object:

$verification = new \Nexmo\Verify\Verification('14845551212', 'My App');
echo "Started verification with an id of: " . $verification->getRequestId();

Controlling a Verification

To cancel an in-progress verification, or to trigger the next attempt to send the confirmation code, you can pass either an existing verification object to the client library, or simply use a request ID:


$verification = new \Nexmo\Verify\Verification('00e6c3377e5348cdaf567e1417c707a5');

Checking a Verification

In the same way, checking a verification requires the code the user provided, and an existing verification object:

$verification = new \Nexmo\Verify\Verification('00e6c3377e5348cdaf567e1417c707a5');
try {
    $client->verify()->check($verification, '1234');
    echo "Verification was successful (status: " . $verification['status'] . ")\n";
} catch (Exception $e) {
    $verification = $e->getEntity();
    echo "Verification failed with status " . $verification['status']
        . " and error text \"" . $verification['error_text'] . "\"\n";

Or a request ID:

try {
    $verification = $client->verify()->check('00e6c3377e5348cdaf567e1417c707a5', '1234');
    echo "Verification was successful (status: " . $verification['status'] . ")\n";
} catch (Exception $e) {
    $verification = $e->getEntity();
    echo "Verification failed with status " . $verification['status']
        . " and error text \"" . $verification['error_text'] . "\"\n";

Searching For a Verification

You can check the status of a verification, or access the results of past verifications using either an existing verification object, or a request ID. The verification object will then provide a rich interface:

$verification = new \Nexmo\Verify\Verification('00e6c3377e5348cdaf567e1417c707a5');

echo "Codes checked for verification: " . $verification->getRequestId() . PHP_EOL;
foreach($verification->getChecks() as $check){
    echo $check->getDate()->format('d-m-y') . ' ' . $check->getStatus() . PHP_EOL;

You can also access the raw API response here using array access:

$verification = new \Nexmo\Verify\Verification('00e6c3377e5348cdaf567e1417c707a5');
echo "Verification cost was: " . $verification['price'] . PHP_EOL;

Making a Call

All $client->calls() methods require the client to be constructed with a Nexmo\Client\Credentials\Keypair, or a Nexmo\Client\Credentials\Container that includes the Keypair credentials:

$basic  = new \Nexmo\Client\Credentials\Basic('key', 'secret');
$keypair = new \Nexmo\Client\Credentials\Keypair(

$client = new \Nexmo\Client(new \Nexmo\Client\Credentials\Container($basic, $keypair));

You can start a call using an array as the structure:

    'to' => [[
        'type' => 'phone',
        'number' => '14843331234'
    'from' => [
        'type' => 'phone',
        'number' => '14843335555'
    'answer_url' => [''],
    'event_url' => [''],

Or you can create a Nexmo\Call\Call object, and use that:

use Nexmo\Call\Call;
$call = new Call();
     ->setWebhook(Call::WEBHOOK_ANSWER, '')
     ->setWebhook(Call::WEBHOOK_EVENT, '');


Fetching a Call

You can fetch a call using a Nexmo\Call\Call object, or the call's UUID as a string:

$call = $client->calls()->get('3fd4d839-493e-4485-b2a5-ace527aacff3');

$call = new Nexmo\Call\Call('3fd4d839-493e-4485-b2a5-ace527aacff3');

echo $call->getDirection();

The call collection can also be treated as an array:

echo $client->calls['3fd4d839-493e-4485-b2a5-ace527aacff3']->getDirection();

And iterated over:

foreach($client->calls as $call){
    echo $call->getDirection();

With an optional filter:

$filter = new \Nexmo\Call\Filter()->setStatus('completed');
foreach($client->calls($filter) as $call){
    echo $call->getDirection();

Creating an Application

Application are configuration containers. You can create one using a simple array structure:

$application = $client->applications()->create([
    'name' => 'My Application',
    'answer_url' => '',
    'event_url' => ''

You can also pass the client an application object:

$application = new Nexmo\Application\Application();
$application->setName('My Application');
$application->getVoiceConfig()->setWebhook(VoiceConfig::ANSWER, '');
$application->getVoiceConfig()->setWebhook(VoiceConfig::EVENT, '');


Fetching Applications

You can iterate over all your applications:

foreach($client->applications() as $application){
    echo $application->getName() . PHP_EOL;

Or you can fetch an application using a string UUID, or an application object.

$application = $client->applications()->get('1a20a124-1775-412b-b623-e6985f4aace0');

$application = new Application('1a20a124-1775-412b-b623-e6985f4aace0');

Updating an Application

Once you have an application object, you can modify and save it.

$application = $client->applications()->get('1a20a124-1775-412b-b623-e6985f4aace0');

$application->setName('Updated Application');

You can also pass an array and the application UUID to the client:

$application = $client->applications()->update([
    'name' => 'Updated Application',
    'answer_url' => '',
    'event_url' => ''
], '1a20a124-1775-412b-b623-e6985f4aace0');

Search Available Numbers

You can search for numbers available to purchase in a specific country:

$numbers = $client->numbers()->searchAvailable('US');

Purchase a Number

To purchase a number, you can pass in a value returned from number search:

$numbers = $client->numbers()->searchAvailable('US');

Or you can specify the number and country manually:

$client->numbers()->purchase('14155550100', 'US');

Managing Secrets

An API is provided to allow you to rotate your API secrets. You can create a new secret (up to a maximum of two secrets) and delete the existing one once all applications have been updated.

To get a list of the secrets:

$secretCollection = $client->account()->listSecrets(API_KEY);

foreach($secretCollection['secrets'] as $secret) {
    echo "ID: " . $secret['id'] . " (created " . $secret['created_at'] .")\n";

You can create a new secret (the created dates will help you know which is which):

$client->account()->createSecret(API_KEY, 'awes0meNewSekret!!;');

And delete the old secret (any application still using these credentials will stop working):

try {
    $response = $client->account()->deleteSecret(API_KEY, 'd0f40c7e-91f2-4fe0-8bc6-8942587b622c');
} catch(\Nexmo\Client\Exception\Request $e) {
    echo $e->getMessage();


Prefix Pricing

If you know the prefix of a country that you want to call, you can use the prefix-pricing endpoint to find out costs to call that number. Each prefix can return multiple countries (e.g. 1 returns US, CA and UM):

$results = $client->account()->getPrefixPricing('1');
foreach ($results as $r) {
    echo $r['country_code'].PHP_EOL;
    echo $r['country_name'].PHP_EOL;
    foreach ($r['networks'] as $n) {
        echo $n->getName() .' :: '.$n->getCode().' :: '.$n->getPrefixPrice().PHP_EOL;
    echo "----------------".PHP_EOL;

Check your Balance

Check how much credit remains on your account:

$response = $client->account()->getBalance();
echo round($response->data['balance'], 2) . " EUR\n";

View and Change Account Configuration

Inspect the current settings on the account:

$response = $client->account()->getConfig();

Update the default callback URLs for incoming SMS messages and delivery receipts:

$response = $client->account()->updateConfig([
    "sms_callback_url" => "",
    "dr_callback_url" => ""


Some users have issues making requests due to the following error:

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'GuzzleHttp\Exception\RequestException' with message 'cURL error 60: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate (see'

This is due to some PHP installations not shipping with a list of trusted CA certificates. This is a system configuration problem, and not specific to either cURL or Nexmo.

IMPORTANT: In the next paragraph we provide a link to a CA certificate bundle. Nexmo do not guarantee the safety of this bundle, and you should review it yourself before installing any CA bundle on your machine.

To resolve this issue, download a list of trusted CA certificates (e.g. the curl bundle) and copy it on to your machine. Once this is done, edit php.ini and set the curl.cainfo parameter:

# Linux/MacOS
curl.cainfo = "/etc/pki/tls/cacert.pem"
# Windows
curl.cainfo = "C:\php\extras\ssl\cacert.pem"

API Coverage

  • Account
    • Balance
    • Pricing
    • Settings
    • Top Up
    • Secret Management
    • Pricing
    • Numbers
      • Search
      • Buy
      • Cancel
      • Update
  • Number Insight
    • Basic
    • Standard
    • Advanced
    • Webhook Notification
  • Verify
    • Verify
    • Check
    • Search
    • Control
  • Messaging
    • Send
    • Delivery Receipt
    • Inbound Messages
    • Search
      • Message
      • Messages
      • Rejections
    • US Short Codes
      • Two-Factor Authentication
      • Event Based Alerts
        • Sending Alerts
        • Campaign Subscription Management
  • Voice
    • Outbound Call
    • Inbound Call
    • Text-To-Speech Call
    • Text-To-Speech Prompt


This library is currently being refactored from an earlier prototype to match the current client library spec. The legacy branch can be used to require that earlier version. During the transition the develop and master branches will have both new and legacy code. The API coverage section identifies what features are currently implemented and up to date.

To contribute to the library, docs, or examples, create an issue or a pull request. Please only raise issues about features marked as working in the API coverage as the rest of the code is being updated.


This library is released under the MIT License