Fax • Last Updated 5/9/2024

Benefits of Fax APIs: what they are & why you need them

There are many benefits of Fax APIs: they can help simplify workflows, reduce errors and more.


By Fiona McDonnell

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Although it may not seem like it, fax is still widely used. In the healthcare, legal and financial services industries, fax is used almost everyday in numerous workflows. A fax is scanned printed material—which can be either text or images—that is transmitted through the telephone network to a printer or other output device. The reliability and security associated with sending faxes makes it ideal for sharing documents that may contain sensitive or confidential information.

But using fax doesn’t mean you have to save space in your office for a loud, bulky machine. Thanks to APIs, nowadays you don’t even need a fax machine to send a fax, meaning you can take advantage of the reliability and security while automating your fax processes.

What is a Fax API?

A Fax API (Application Programming Interface) allows users to send and receive faxes in the cloud, programmatically. With a Fax API, businesses can build fax functionality into many of their daily workflows, saving time and eliminating errors.

The benefits of Fax APIs

Fax from anywhere

With Fax APIs you can say goodbye to the machine in the corner of your office and send and receive faxes from any web-enabled computer. With Telnyx, you can send and receive faxes directly to your email, effectively making fax digital. If you need a little help setting it up, take a look at our on-demand fax to email webinar.

Easy integration

We built our Fax API with developers top-of-mind. Easily set up your Fax API in minutes by following our quickstart guide. Sign up in our Mission Control Portal account so you can test out sending Faxes for free today.

Simplify your workflows

Easily integrate programmable fax into workflows in just a few lines of code. Our Fax API is built on a RESTful API for fast integration and increased scalability.

More secure

Cut out the middleman (that’s paper) and make your fax even more secure with Telnyx. When you fax with us, your media travels over our encrypted, private network so you can have peace of mind when sending and receiving sensitive documents.

If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do with our Fax API, take a look at our Resource Center or reach out to a member of our team.

Video walkthrough to recieving fax via API

With the Telnyx Programmable Fax API, you can send, receive and manage faxes programmatically through a set of easy-to-use HTTP endpoints.

In the video guide below, Product Marketing Manager Odhran walks through receiving a fax as a PDF via API.

Be sure to check out our video on sending a fax via API for a more detailed walk-through of setting up your Mission Control Portal account and Programmable Fax applications!

Get started with fax in our Developer Center

The steps from the video, along with example webhooks, can be found at our Developer Center.

Want to try it out for yourself? Get started by creating an account.

Curious about how Programmable Fax can transform your document workflows? Talk to our fax experts today.

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