Plivo Python SDK

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


    Install the SDK using pip:

    pip install plivo

    If you have the 0.11.3 version (a.k.a. legacy) already installed, uninstall it before installing the new version, because pip install --upgrade plivo might not work, depending on your system status.

    Alternatively, you can download the source code from this repo(master branch) and run:

    python install

    For features in beta, use the beta branch:

    pip install plivo==4.2.0b1

    Alternatively, you can download the source code from this repo(beta branch) and run

    python install

    We recommend that you use virtualenv to manage and segregate your Python environments, instead of using sudo with your commands and overwriting dependencies.

    Getting started


    To make API requests, you need to create a RestClient and provide it with authentication credentials, which you can find on the Overview page of the Plivo console.

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

    import plivo
    client = plivo.RestClient()

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

    import plivo
    client = plivo.RestClient(auth_id='your_auth_id', auth_token='your_auth_token')

    If you expect to make a large number of API requests, you should reuse the same client instance, but if you expect to create a client on an on-demand basis, you can use a context manager to automatically free all resources used by the client.

    import plivo
    with plivo.RestClient() as client:
      pass # Do something with the client

    The basics

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

    client.resources.create(*args, **kwargs) # Create
    client.resources.get(id=resource_identifier) # Get
    client.resources.update(id=resource_identifier, *args, **kwargs) # Update
    client.resources.delete(id=resource_identifier) # 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_identifier)
    resource.update(*args, **kwargs) # update the resource
    resource.delete() # Delete the resource

    Using client.resources.list() lists the first 20 resources by default (the first page, with limit as 20, and offset as 0). Use limit and offset to get more pages of resources.

    To list all resources, you can use a pattern that handles pagination for you automatically, so you don’t have to worry about passing the right limit and offset values:

    for resource in client.resources:


    Send a message

    import plivo
    client = plivo.RestClient('<auth_id>','<auth_token>')
    message_created = client.messages.create(
        text='Hello, world!'

    Make a call

    import plivo
    client = plivo.RestClient('<auth_id>','<auth_token>')
    call_made = client.calls.create(

    Generate Plivo XML

    from plivo import plivoxml
    xml_response = plivoxml.ResponseElement()
    xml_response.add_speak('Hello, world!') # or add(plivoxml.SpeakElement(text))

    This generates the following XML:

      <Speak>Hello, world!</Speak>

    Run a PHLO

    import plivo
    auth_id = 'Your AUTH ID'
    auth_token = 'Your AUTH Token'
    phlo_id = 'Your PHLO ID' #
    phlo_client = plivo.phlo.RestClient(auth_id=auth_id, auth_token=auth_token)
    phlo = phlo_client.phlo.get(phlo_id)
    response =
    print str(response)

    More examples

    Refer to the Plivo API Reference documentation for more examples. Also refer to our  guide to setting up dev environment for details on how to set up a Flask server and use it to test out your integration in under 5 minutes.

    Example response

    {u'api_id': u'd21f9baa-9410-11ea-8dcf-0242ac110006',
     u'message': u'call fired',
     u'request_uuid': u'f82e08ef-4e97-4167-9858-c276f16d917b'}

    Reporting issues

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