Send a Video Message

In this code snippet you learn how to send a video message through Facebook Messenger using the Messages API.

For a step-by-step guide to this topic, you can read our tutorial Sending Facebook Messenger messages with the Messages API.

Example

Find the description for all variables used in each code snippet below:

Key Description
VONAGE_APPLICATION_ID The Vonage Application ID.
VONAGE_APPLICATION_PRIVATE_KEY_PATH Private key path.
BASE_URL For production use the base URL is https://api.nexmo.com/. For sandbox testing the base URL is https://messages-sandbox.nexmo.com/.
MESSAGES_API_URL There are two versions of the API, each with their own endpoints. For production the previous Messages API endpoint was https://api.nexmo.com/v0.1/messages, the new one is https://api.nexmo.com/v1/messages. For sandbox testing the Messages API endpoint is https://messages-sandbox.nexmo.com/v0.1/messages or https://messages-sandbox.nexmo.com/v1/messages, depending on which version you have set in the sandbox dashboard.
FB_SENDER_ID Your Page ID. The FB_SENDER_ID is the same as the to.id value you received in the inbound messenger event on your Inbound Message Webhook URL. For sandbox testing this is 107083064136738.
VONAGE_FB_SENDER_ID Refer to FB_SENDER_ID above
FB_RECIPIENT_ID The PSID of the user you want to reply to. The FB_RECIPIENT_ID is the PSID of the Facebook User you are messaging. This value is the from.id value you received in the inbound messenger event on your Inbound Message Webhook URL.
VIDEO_URL The link to the video to send. Messenger supports MP4 (.mp4) file format only.

Prerequisites

If you do not have an application you can create one. Make sure you also configure your webhooks.

Write the code

Add the following to send-video.sh:

curl -X POST $MESSAGES_API_URL \
     -H 'Authorization: Bearer '$JWT \
     -H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
     -d $'{
  "message_type": "video",
  "video": {
    "url": "$VIDEO_URL"
  },
  "to": "$FB_RECIPIENT_ID",
  "from": "$FB_SENDER_ID",
  "channel": "messenger"
}'

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Run your code

Save this file to your machine and run it:

bash send-video.sh

Prerequisites

If you do not have an application you can create one. Make sure you also configure your webhooks.

npm install @vonage/server-sdk

Create a file named send-video.js and add the following code:

const Vonage = require('@vonage/server-sdk');
const MessengerVideo = require('@vonage/server-sdk/lib/Messages/MessengerVideo');

const vonage = new Vonage(
    {
        apiKey: VONAGE_API_KEY,
        apiSecret: VONAGE_API_SECRET,
        applicationId: VONAGE_APPLICATION_ID,
        privateKey: VONAGE_APPLICATION_PRIVATE_KEY_PATH,
    },
    {
        apiHost: BASE_URL,
    }
);

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Write the code

Add the following to send-video.js:

vonage.messages.send(
    new MessengerVideo({ url: VIDEO_URL }, FB_RECIPIENT_ID, FB_SENDER_ID),
    (err, data) => {
        if (err) {
            console.error(err);
        } else {
            console.log(data.message_uuid);
        }
    }
);

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Run your code

Save this file to your machine and run it:

node send-video.js

Prerequisites

If you do not have an application you can create one. Make sure you also configure your webhooks.

gem install vonage

Write the code

Add the following to send-video.rb:

client = Vonage::Client.new(
  application_id: VONAGE_APPLICATION_ID,
  private_key: File.read(VONAGE_APPLICATION_PRIVATE_KEY_PATH)
)

message = Vonage::Messaging::Message.messenger(
  type: 'video',
  message: {
    url: "https://example.com/video.mp4"
  }
)

client.messaging.send(
  from: VONAGE_FB_SENDER_ID,
  to: FB_RECIPIENT_ID,
  **message
)

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Run your code

Save this file to your machine and run it:

ruby send-video.rb

Try it out

When you run the code a video message is sent to the Messenger recipient.