Wireless • Last Updated 5/7/2024

Build logic flows intuitively with Telnyx and Node-RED

Telnyx’s integration with Node-RED allows users to build applications in an intuitive flow-based, drag-and-drop environment.

Marlo Vernon

By Marlo Vernon

Telnyx Node-RED integration

We’re excited to announce Telnyx’s integration with Node-RED for easy, low-code automated solutions. This integration, aptly named node-red-telnyx, enables you to meld the comprehensive capabilities of Telnyx with the intuitive, flow-based programming of Node-RED, opening up a world of possibilities for developers and businesses alike.

What is Node-RED?

Developed initially by IBM's Emerging Technology Services and now under the helm of the JS Foundation, Node-RED is an open-source programming tool that boasts a visual development environment perfect for building applications. The secret sauce behind Node-RED's popularity is its flow-based programming model, which allows users to interconnect pre-built nodes to create services and applications.

These nodes each perform a unique task or function—reading data from a sensor, processing data, decision-making, interacting with external systems, and more. Users can visually construct and configure an application's logic flow by dragging and dropping these nodes onto a canvas and linking them together. A runtime engine running on the Node-RED-installed server or device then executes the constructed flow.

This flexible method of creating, deploying, and modifying flows makes Node-RED a go-to tool for building Internet of Things (IoT) applications, automation workflows, and data integration processes.

Check out Node-RED’s introduction video to get a good idea of how it works.

Enter node-red-telnyx

The new node-red-telnyx integration brings Telnyx's powerful communication platform capabilities into the Node-RED ecosystem. With this integration, developers can create complex workflows and automate various telecommunications tasks, paving the way for efficient and innovative solutions.

For instance, you can use node-red-telnyx to send SMS messages programmatically, a feature that can be instrumental for notifications, alerts, or two-factor authentication (2FA) systems. You can also link Telnyx's communication capabilities with databases, APIs, messaging platforms, and IoT devices to build comprehensive automation solutions.

How to get started

Getting started with node-red-telnyx is straightforward. Start by signing up for a Telnyx account and purchasing an SMS-enabled number through the provided steps in the quickstart guide.

After that, you'll need to configure the package with your Mission Control Portal (MCP) account's API key and some other required details. The node-red-telnyx integration supports both alphanumeric and two-way SMS sending methods.

  • Alphanumeric: This method allows you to set your company name or brand as the Sender ID when sending one-way SMS messages internationally.
  • Two-Way: For this method, you'll need an SMS-capable phone number purchased from or ported into the Telnyx platform.

Resources and support

Telnyx has several resources to help you make the most out of the node-red-telnyx integration. You can refer to Node-RED pages and example flows using node-red-telnyx. A 'Getting Started Video' will also be available soon.

Telnyx is committed to providing support for this open-source project, ensuring the community receives assistance and guidance. If you encounter any issues or need help with the integration, you can contact the team through the GitHub issue reporting platform of the node-red-telnyx repository.

The collaboration between Telnyx and Node-RED presents a significant leap in telecommunications, automation, and software development. By harnessing the power of these two platforms, businesses and developers can leverage the potential of modern telecommunications and automation, all in one intuitive visual interface.

Explore node-red-telnyx to learn what you can build with this new integration!

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