A PHP SDK to make voice calls & send SMS using Plivo and to generate Plivo XML

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The Plivo PHP SDK makes it simpler to integrate communications into your PHP applications using the Plivo REST API. Using the SDK, you will be able to make voice calls, send SMS and generate Plivo XML to control your call flows.

Supported PHP Versions: This SDK works with PHP 7.3+.


To install Composer

Globally in Mac

  1. Download the latest version of Composer.

  2. Run the following command in Terminal:

     $ php ~/Downloads/composer.phar --version
  3. Run the following command to make it executable:

     $ cp ~/Downloads/composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
     $ sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/composer
     $ Make sure you move the file to bin directory.
  4. To check if the path has /usr/local/bin, use

     $ echo $PATH

    If the path is different, use the following command to update the $PATH:

     $ export PATH = $PATH:/usr/local/bin
     $ source ~/.bash_profile 
  5. You can also check the version of Composer by running the following command:

     $ composer --version.       

Globally in Linux

  1. Run the following command:

     $ curl -sS | php
  2. Run the following command to make the composer.phar file as executable:

     $ chmod +x composer.phar
  3. Run the following command to make Composer globally available for all system users:

     $ mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer

Windows 10

  1. Download and run the Windows Installer for Composer.

    Note: Make sure to allow Windows Installer for Composer to make changes to your php.ini file.

  2. If you have any terminal windows open, close all instances and open a fresh terminal instance.

  3. Run the Composer command.

     $ composer -V

Steps to install Plivo Package

  • To install the stable release, run the following command in the project directory:

      $ composer require plivo/plivo-php
  • To install a specific release, run the following command in the project directory:

      $ composer require plivo/plivo-php:4.14.0
  • To test the features in the beta release, run the following command in the project directory:

      $ composer require plivo/plivo-php:v4.2-beta1
  • Alternatively, you can download this source and run

      $ composer install

This generates the autoload files, which you can include using the following line in your PHP source code to start using the SDK.

require 'vendor/autoload.php'

Getting started


To make the API requests, you need to create a RestClient and provide it with authentication credentials (which can be found at

We recommend that you store your credentials in the PLIVO_AUTH_ID and the PLIVO_AUTH_TOKEN environment variables, so as to avoid the possibility of accidentally committing them to source control. If you do this, you can initialise the client with no arguments and it will automatically fetch them from the environment variables:

require 'vendor/autoload.php';
use Plivo\RestClient;

$client = new RestClient();

Alternatively, you can specifiy the authentication credentials while initializing the RestClient.

require 'vendor/autoload.php';
use Plivo\RestClient;

$client = new RestClient("<auth_id>", "<auth_token>");

The Basics

The SDK uses consistent interfaces to create, retrieve, update, delete and list resources. The pattern followed is as follows:

$client->resources->create($params) # Create
$client->resources->get($id) # Get
$client->resources->update($id, $params) # Update
$client->resources->delete($id) # Delete
$client->resources->list() # List all resources, max 20 at a time

You can also use the resource directly to update and delete it. For example,

$resource = $client->resources->get($id)
$resource->update($params) # update the resource
$resource->delete() # Delete the resource

Also, using $client->resources->list() would list the first 20 resources by default (which is the first page, with limit as 20, and offset as 0). To get more, you will have to use limit and offset to get the second page of resources.


Send a message

require 'vendor/autoload.php';
use Plivo\RestClient;

$client = new RestClient();
$message_created = $client->messages->create([ 
        "src" => "+14156667778", 
        "dst" => "+14156667777", 
        "text"  =>"Hello, this is a sample text from Plivo"

Make a call

require 'vendor/autoload.php';
use Plivo\RestClient;

$client = new RestClient();
$call_made = $client->calls->create(

Lookup a number

require 'vendor/autoload.php';
use Plivo\RestClient;

$client = new RestClient("<auth_id>", "<auth_token>");
$response = $client->lookup->get("<number-goes-here>");

Generate Plivo XML

require 'vendor/autoload.php';
use Plivo\XML\Response;

$response = new Response();
$response->addSpeak('Hello, world!');

This generates the following XML:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
  <Speak>Hello, world!</Speak>

Run a PHLO

 * Example for API Request
require 'vendor/autoload.php';
use Plivo\Resources\PHLO\PhloRestClient;
use Plivo\Exceptions\PlivoRestException;
$client = new PhloRestClient("<auth_id>", "<auth_token>");
$phlo = $client->phlo->get("<phlo_id>");
try {
    $response = $phlo->run(["field1" => "value1", "field2" => "value2"]); // These are the fields entered in the PHLO console
} catch (PlivoRestException $ex) {

More examples

More examples are available here. Also refer to the guides for configuring the PHP laravel to run various scenarios & use it to test out your integration in under 5 minutes.

Reporting issues

Report any feedback or problems with this version by opening an issue on Github.

Local Development

Note: Requires latest versions of Docker & Docker-Compose. If you're on MacOS, ensure Docker Desktop is running.

  1. Export the following environment variables in your host machine:
export PLIVO_AUTH_ID=<your_auth_id>
export PLIVO_AUTH_TOKEN=<your_auth_token>
export PLIVO_API_DEV_HOST=<plivoapi_dev_endpoint>
export PLIVO_API_PROD_HOST=<plivoapi_public_endpoint>
  1. Run make build. This will create a docker container in which the sdk will be setup and dependencies will be installed.

The entrypoint of the docker container will be the script. The script will handle all the necessary changes required for local development.

  1. The above command will print the docker container id (and instructions to connect to it) to stdout.
  2. The testing code can be added to <sdk_dir_path>/php-sdk-test/test.php in host
    (or /usr/src/app/php-sdk-test/test.php in container)
  3. The sdk directory will be mounted as a volume in the container. So any changes in the sdk code will also be reflected inside the container.

To use the local code in the test file, import the sdk in test file using:
require /usr/src/app/vendor/autoload.php
(Local sdk code will be mounted at /usr/src/app inside the container and vendor directory will be created by setup script while installing dependencies).

  1. To run test code, run make run CONTAINER=<cont_id> in host.
  2. To run unit tests, run make test CONTAINER=<cont_id> in host.

<cont_id> is the docker container id created in 2. (The docker container should be running)

Test code and unit tests can also be run within the container using make run and make test respectively. (CONTAINER argument should be omitted when running from the container)