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    Secret Santa over SMS with Twilio.


    1. Buy a Twilio number for $1 from your console
    2. Get your API credentials from your console
    3. Make sure your Twilio account is funded enough to send your messages


    # Or put this all in a config file and do either:
    # `cat config.json | npx secret-santa-twilio`
    # `npx secret-santa-twilio --config config.json`
    npx secret-santa-twilio \
      --accountSid "ACCOUNT_SID" \
      --accountToken "ACCOUNT_TOKEN" \
      --from "+15005550006" \
      --message "Hey {{name}}, get a gift for {{recipient}}" \
      --participants '[{"name":"Alice","number":"500-555-1111"},{"name":"Bob","number":"500-555-2222"}]' \
    > Dry run: true
    > Participants:
    > -- Alice +15005551111
    > -- Bob +15005552222
    > Results:
    > [
    >   {
    >     "status": "sent",
    >     "message": {
    >       "from": "+15005550006",
    >       "to": "+15005551111",
    >       "body": "Hey Alice, get a gift for Bob"
    >     }
    >   },
    >   {
    >     "status": "sent",
    >     "message": {
    >       "from": "+15005550006",
    >       "to": "+15005552222",
    >       "body": "Hey Bob, get a gift for Alice"
    >     }
    >   }
    > ]

    Only the resulting message sid and to phone number will be output and written to a file, so there's no chance of the person running this program seeing the results.

    Env Vars

    If you don't want to supply your accountSid and accountToken in the CLI args, you can set them via the TWILIO_SID and TWILIO_TOKEN environment variables or as keys in a config json file.


    Here's a sample of what your configuration file should look like. Use --config to specify a path to this file or pass it via stdin and it will be merged with any options from the CLI.

      "accountSid": "SID", // Twilio SID
      "accountToken": "TOKEN" // Twilio auth token
      "from": "+15551234567" // Twilio number to send SMS from
      // Optional message, see lib/messages.js for the default
      "message": "Hey {{name}} buy something for {{recipient}}!",
      "participants": [
          "name": "Luke", // Name, must be unique
          "number": "+15005550006", // Mobile number to send SMS to
          "skip": ["Bob"] // (Optional) Array of other participant names which they cant be assigned
          "name": "Bob",
          "number": "+15005550006"

    Whoops, you put in a wrong phone number...

    Let's say someone changed their phone number and you sent the message to their old number. Look in the results file created during your run (it should be in whatever directory you ran the program from) and find the sid associated with their old number. If you don't have the file, then you can get the sid from from the Twilio message logs. Then you can run this command to send the same message to their new number. Thank you Austin for inspiring this feature in 2019.

    npx secret-santa-twilio \
      --accountSid "ACCOUNT_SID" \
      --accountToken "ACCOUNT_TOKEN" \
      --sid "MESSAGE_SID" \
      --to "+15551234567"


    If you want to run the tests locally, you will need to create a .env file with TWILIO_SID and TWILIO_TOKEN test credential values.




    npm i secret-santa-twilio

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