Frequently Asked Questions

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Debugging Requests

Sometimes the library generates unexpected output. The simplest way to debug is to examine the HTTP request that twilio-php actually sent over the wire. You can turn on debugging with a simple flag:


$client = new Services_Twilio('AC123', '456bef');
$client->http->debug = true;

Then make requests as you normally would. The URI, method, headers, and body of HTTP requests will be logged via the error_log function.

require: Failed to open stream messages

If you are trying to use the helper library and you get an error message that looks like this:

PHP Warning:  require(Services/Twilio.php): failed to open stream: No such
file or directory in /path/to/file

Fatal error: require(): Failed opening required 'Services/Twilio.php'
(include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/php-5.3.8/lib/php') in
/Library/Python/2.6/site-packages/phpsh/phpsh.php(578): on line 1

Your PHP file can’t find the Twilio library. The easiest way to do this is to move the Services folder from the twilio-php library into the folder containing your file. So if you have a file called send-sms.php, your folder structure should look like this:

├── send-sms.php
├── Services
│   ├── Twilio.php
│   ├── Twilio
│   │   ├── ArrayDataProxy.php
│   │   ├── (..about 50 other files...)

If you need to copy all of these files to your web hosting server, the easiest way is to compress them into a ZIP file, copy that to your server with FTP, and then unzip it back into a folder in your CPanel or similar.

You can also try changing the require line like this:


SSL Validation Exceptions

If you are using an outdated version of libcurl, you may encounter SSL validation exceptions. If you see the following error message, you have a SSL validation exception:

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'Services_Twilio_TinyHttpException'
with message 'SSL certificate problem, verify that the CA cert is OK.

Details: error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate
verify failed' in [MY PATH]\Services\Twilio\TinyHttp.php:89

This means that Twilio is trying to offer a certificate to verify that you are actually connecting to, but your curl client cannot verify our certificate.

Upgrade your version of the twilio-php library

From November 2011 to November 2014, the SSL certificate was built into the helper library, and it is used to sign requests made to our API. Older releases of the helper library include expired certificates and will not work against the current API certificates. If you are still encountering this problem, you can upgrade your helper library to the latest version, and you should not encounter this error anymore.

If you are using an older version of the helper library and cannot upgrade, you can try the the following:

Disable the local copy of Twilio’s certificate

Replace this line in your client code that uses the Twilio helper library:

$client = new Services_Twilio($sid, $token);

With this one:

$http = new Services_Twilio_TinyHttp(
    array('curlopts' => array(

$client = new Services_Twilio($sid, $token, "2010-04-01", $http);

Upgrade your version of libcurl

The certificate authority Twilio uses is included in the latest version of the libcurl library. Upgrading your system version of libcurl will resolve the SSL error. Click here to download the latest version of libcurl.

If this does not work, double check your Account SID, token, and that you do not have errors anywhere else in your code. If you need further assistance, please email our customer support at