After building the sample in the previous post I got curious about a similar implementation with Twilio.

It took me abut 30 min to have this up and running. I bet you can do it faster.

1. Create an Account in Twilio

First, go ahead and sign up for account (free).

You will need to create a TwiML app, which is under Tools / TwiML Apps.

The one important thing here is the Voice Request URL. This is the endpoint Twilio will POST to to initiate interactions. And this would map to one of the routes in the Webtask as described below. So keep reading.

2. IVR Code

For the IVR code, I mostly copy-pasted the IVR Phone Tree tutorial. I just minimally tweaked it to make it as simple as possible (e.g. I don’t need the logging, etc.)

So I just fired up the awesome Webtask Editor and pasted this:


var express    = require('express');
var Webtask    = require('webtask-tools');
var bodyParser = require('body-parser');
var twilio = require('twilio');

var app = express();

app.use(bodyParser.json());
app.use(bodyParser.urlencoded({extended: false}));

app.post('/ivr/welcome', twilio.webhook({validate: false}), function (req, res) {
  console.log("Welcome", req.body);
  var twiml = new twilio.TwimlResponse();
    twiml.gather({
        action: "/twilio-ivr/ivr/menu",
        numDigits: "1",
        method: "POST"
    }, function (node) {
        node.play("http://howtodocs.s3.amazonaws.com/et-phone.mp3", {loop: 3});
    });
    res.send(twiml);
});

app.post('/ivr/menu', twilio.webhook({validate: false}), function (req, res) {
    console.log("Menu", req.body);
    var selectedOption = req.body.Digits;
    var optionActions = {
        "1": giveExtractionPointInstructions,
        "2": listPlanets
    };

    if (optionActions[selectedOption]) {
        var twiml = new twilio.TwimlResponse();
        optionActions[selectedOption](twiml);
        return res.send(twiml);
    }
    res.send(redirectWelcome());
});

app.post('/ivr/planets', twilio.webhook({validate: false}), function (req, res) {
    console.log("Planets", req.body);
    var selectedOption = req.body.Digits;
    var optionActions = {
        "2": "+12024173378",
        "3": "+12027336386",
        "4": "+12027336637"
    };

    if (optionActions[selectedOption]) {
        var twiml = new twilio.TwimlResponse();
        twiml.dial(optionActions[selectedOption]);
        return res.send(twiml);
    }
    res.send(redirectWelcome());
});

var giveExtractionPointInstructions = function (twiml) {
    twiml.say("To get to your extraction point, get on your bike and go down " +
        "the street. Then Left down an alley. Avoid the police cars. Turn left " +
        "into an unfinished housing development. Fly over the roadblock. Go " +
        "passed the moon. Soon after you will see your mother ship.",
        {voice: "alice", language: "en-GB"});

    twiml.say("Thank you for calling the ET Phone Home Service - the " +
        "adventurous alien's first choice in intergalactic travel");

    twiml.hangup();
    return twiml;
};

var listPlanets = function (twiml) {
    twiml.gather({
        action: "/twilio-ivr/ivr/planets",
        numDigits: "1",
        method: "POST"
    }, function (node) {
        node.say("To call the planet Broh doe As O G, press 2. To call the planet " +
            "DuhGo bah, press 3. To call an oober asteroid to your location, press 4. To " +
            "go back to the main menu, press the star key ",
            {voice: "alice", language: "en-GB", loop: 3});
    });
    return twiml;
};

var redirectWelcome = function () {
    var twiml = new twilio.TwimlResponse();
    twiml.say("Returning to the main menu", {voice: "alice", language: "en-GB"});
    twiml.redirect("/twilio-ivr/ivr/welcome");
    return twiml;
};


module.exports = Webtask.fromExpress(app);

Hit save and you are done. All that is left is copying the URL back on Twilio’s console. This would be something like this:

https://{WEBTASK BASE URL}/{Webtask name}/ivr/welcome

3. Testing

Click on the call button. Magic!