This guide shows how to receiving incoming calls on a Plivo number and greet callers with a text-to-speech message. Managing incoming calls is a key part of the call flow in many common use cases, such as interactive voice response (IVR), call forwarding, and conference calling.
You can handle incoming calls either by using our PHLO visual workflow builder or our APIs and XML documents. Follow the instructions in one of the tabs below.
You can create and deploy a PHLO to receive an inbound call with a few clicks on the PHLO canvas, without writing a single line of code.
When you receive a call on a voice-enabled Plivo number, you can control the call flow by associating a PHLO application to that Plivo number. Plivo will fetch the PHLO associated with the number and expect valid instructions via PHLO to handle the call.
To get started, you need a Plivo account — sign up with your work email address if you don’t have one already. To receive incoming calls, you must have a voice-enabled Plivo phone number. You can rent numbers from the Numbers page of the Plivo console, or by using the Numbers API.
To create a PHLO, visit the PHLO page of the Plivo console. If this is your first PHLO, the PHLO page will be empty.
Once you’ve created and configured your PHLO, assign it to a Plivo number.
You can now make a call to your Plivo phone number and see how the inbound call is handled.
Here’s how to use a Plivo XML document that handles incoming calls on a Plivo number by playing a text-to-speech message to the caller.
Plivo requests an answer URL when it answers the call (step 2) and expects the file at that address to hold a valid XML response from the application with instructions on how to handle the call. In this example, when an incoming call is received, Plivo’s text-to-speech engine plays a message using the Speak XML element.
To get started, you need a Plivo account — sign up with your work email address if you don’t have one already. You must have a voice-enabled Plivo phone number to receive incoming calls; you can rent numbers from the Numbers page of the Plivo console, or by using the Numbers API. If this is your first time using Plivo APIs, follow our instructions to set up a Python development environment and a web server and safely expose that server to the internet.
Create a file called
receive_call.py and paste into it this code.
from flask import Flask, request, make_response
from plivo import plivoxml
app = Flask(__name__)
response = (plivoxml.ResponseElement()
.add(plivoxml.SpeakElement('Hello, you just received your first call')))
if __name__ == "__main__":
Give your application a name — we called ours
Receive_call. Enter the server URL you want to use (for example
https://<yourdomain>.com/receive_call/) in the
Answer URL field and set the method to
POST. Click Create Application to save your application.
Navigate to the Numbers page and select the phone number you want to use for this application.
From the Application Type drop-down, select
From the Plivo Application drop-down, select
Receive_call (the name we gave the application).
Click Update Number to save.
Make a call to your Plivo number using any phone. Plivo will send a request to the answer URL you provided requesting an XML response and then process the call according to the instructions in the XML document the server provides. You should hear the text-to-speech message, “Hello, you just received your first call.”