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    A command line tool to setup a new Twilio Function with local testing using twilio-run. Part of the Twilio Serverless Toolkit.

    Read more about this tool in the post start a new Twilio Functions project the easy way


    npm init

    There are a number of ways to use this tool. The quickest and easiest is with npm init:

    npm init twilio-function function-name
    cd function-name
    npm start

    This will create a new directory named "function-name" and include all the files you need to write and run a Twilio Function locally. Starting the application will host the example function at localhost:3000/example.

    Twilio CLI

    Make sure you have the Twilio CLI installed with either:

    npm install twilio-cli -g


    brew tap twilio/brew && brew install twilio

    Install the Twilio Serverless Toolkit plugin:

    twilio plugins:install @twilio-labs/plugin-serverless

    Then initialise a new Functions project with:

    twilio serverless:init function-name


    You can also use npx to run create-twilio-function:

    npx create-twilio-function function-name

    Global installation

    Or you can install the module globally:

    npm install create-twilio-function -g
    create-twilio-function function-name

    Function Templates

    create-twilio-function enables you to generate a new empty project or to build a project using any of the templates from the Function Templates repo. All you need to do is pass a --template option with the name of the template you want to download. Like this:

    npm init twilio-function function-name --template blank

    This works with any of the other ways of calling create-twilio-function. Check out the ever expanding list of function templates here.


    If you want to build your Twilio Functions project in TypeScript you can. create-twilio-function supports generating a new project that is set up to use TypeScript too. To generate a TypeScript project, use the --typescript flag, like this:

    npm init twilio-function function-name --typescript

    Note: there are no Function templates written in TypeScript, so do not use the --template flag alongside the --typescript flag. The basic TypeScript project does come with some example files, but you can generate an empty project combining the --typescript and --empty flags.

    Command line arguments

    Creates a new Twilio Function project
      create-twilio-function <name>          Creates a new Twilio Function project
      create-twilio-function list-templates  Lists the available Twilio Function
      name  Name of your project.                                           [string]
      --account-sid, -a     The Account SID for your Twilio account         [string]
      --auth-token, -t      Your Twilio account Auth Token                  [string]
      --skip-credentials    Don't ask for Twilio account credentials or import them
                            from the environment          [boolean] [default: false]
      --import-credentials  Import credentials from the environment variables
                            TWILIO_ACCOUNT_SID and TWILIO_AUTH_TOKEN
                                                          [boolean] [default: false]
      --template            Initialize your new project with a template from
      --empty               Initialize your new project with empty functions and
                            assets directories            [boolean] [default: false]
      --typescript          Initialize your Serverless project with TypeScript
                                                          [boolean] [default: false]
      -h, --help            Show help                                      [boolean]
      -v, --version         Show version number                            [boolean]
      --path                                                        [default: (cwd)]


    This project welcomes contributions from the community. Please see the file for more details.




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