Sandbox (Test API Key)

Get a Test API key for our Sandbox Environment and try out our WhatsApp Business API.

Introduction

14-June-2021: we have updated our Sandbox number to 4930609859535

We provide a developer-friendly test environment, for anyone that wants to check out the usage of our WhatsApp API. The WhatsApp API allows for direct-like access to the WhatsApp Business API. In the test environment, you can test sending messages and templates as described in the WhatsApp messages docs and receive a Webhook as described in the WhatsApp Webhook docs.

Sandbox Base Path: https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/

Because of security reasons, in the sandbox environment, each phone number has its own Test API-KEY, and you are able to test sending messages/templates only to your phone number.

Limitations

What you can do in the Sandbox

  1. You can use the Test API-KEY to send text messages and text templates to your own phone number.

  2. An unlimited amount of messages can be sent with the sandbox.

  3. Your phone number acts like a user and can send and receive messages.

  4. The number can be a landline number, as long it is able to use WhatsApp.

  5. You can switch the endpoint at any time. If you don't have one yet you can use a free service like RequestBin to set up an endpoint.

  6. Each Sandbox API Key is linked to one phone number and you can only send test messages to that phone number. If you wish to test messages with more than 1 number then it is advised to set up a test WhatsApp Business Account (Staging WABA) to use instead of the Sandbox.

What you can't do with the Sandbox

  1. The Sandbox is a test environment only. You will not be able to use it to send messages to your clients. You can only send messages to your own phone number.

  2. Media download and upload are not supported yet (coming soon).

  3. Templates messages can be sent a maximum of 10 times. You can choose between 2 predefined templates.

  4. Messages and Templates can be sent only to your own phone number.

  5. We will only forward and trigger an API when your given number is involved.

  6. We do not yet provide response information when you use the WhatsApp API.

  7. You only have access to the WhatsApp API.

  8. Our Sandbox is available to test via the API, but any automated tests would have to be configured from your end.

1. Get a Test API Key

To get a test API-KEY you can either Send a WhatsApp message from your phone to the phone number 4930609859535 with the contentSTART

or You can use this link: https://wa.me/4930609859535?text=START

As a response, you will receive your TestAPI-KEY.This API-KEYis associated with your phone WhatsApp number. Now you are able to use the 360dialog WhatsApp API. You can set your own Webhook or send an unlimited number of messages and limited (10) templates.

2. Set your Sandbox Webhook URL

post
Set Webhook URL

https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.iov1/configs/webhook
Inbound messages sent by you to your WhatsApp Phone Number will be sent to your Webhook. You can use an external service (such as requestbin.com) to test webhook responses, or you can create your own webhook server for tests. In the case you want to test with localhost, you may use an external service (such as ngrok). Use the API-KEY as authorization, with the value D360-API-KEY.
Request
Response
Request
Headers
D360-API-KEY
required
string
1234567_sandbox
Body Parameters
url
required
string
Your webhook URL
Response
200: OK
Webhook URL Set
{
"url": "https://your-webhook-url"
}

3. Send a Message to the Sandbox

Now, send another message (any message) from your device to the Sandbox number: 4930609859535.You will receive the Inbound Message Notification on your webhook 😀

4. Respond using the Sandbox API

post
Send response message

https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/messages
You can send a response message (or a message template) to your phone WhatsApp number with the above request URL and the body parameters as described below. Use the API-KEY as authorization, with the value D360-API-KEY.
Request
Response
Request
Headers
D360-API-KEY
required
string
1234567_sandbox
Body Parameters
recipient_type
optional
string
individual
to
required
number
Your number
type
required
string
text (default)
text
required
object
contains body field
Response
201: Created
Message Created Successfully
{
"messages": [
{
"id": "message_id"
}
],
"meta": {
"api_status": "stable",
"version": "2.31.5"
}
}

Example Request Payload

{
"recipient_type": "individual",
"to": "4923787923989", // Use your own phone number including country code without a +
"type": "text",
"text": {
"body": "Hello, dear customer!"
}
}

5. Send a Template Message (optional)

There are 3 templates available to test in the Sandbox. There is no possibility to add or edit a Sandbox templates, you must use the predefined templates. Templates are:

  • disclaimer Using this template will just send a regular text message, which can’t be edited.

  • first_welcome_message This is an example of a template with a personalization possibility (you can personalize the receiver's name).

  • interactive_template_sandbox This template contains 2 buttons for which you can pass customer URLs.

You always have to use the predefined namespace which is c8ae5f90_307a_ca4c_b8f6_d1e2a2573574.

post
Send Template Message

https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/messages
Request
Response
Request
Headers
D360-API-KEY
required
string
Sandbox API KEY
Body Parameters
to
required
number
Your number
type
required
string
Message type
namespace
required
string
Template namespace
language
required
string
Template language
policy
optional
string
Delivery policy
code
required
string
Language code
name
required
string
Template name
Response
201: Created
{
"messages": [
{
"id": "message_id"
}
],
"meta": {
"api_status": "stable",
"version": "2.35.4"
}
}

Example Request Payload

{
"to": "4923787923989",
"type": "template",
"template": {
"namespace": "c8ae5f90_307a_ca4c_b8f6_d1e2a2573574",
"language": {
"policy": "deterministic",
"code": "de"
},
"name": "disclaimer"
}
}

Note that this example covers first_welcome_messsage with personalization. In the case of the disclaimer template, the payload is similar but without the componentsobject (it holds personalization parameters which are not used in disclaimer).

Get new Sandbox API Key

You may recreate / get a new Sandbox API Key at any time by re-sending a WhatsApp message with content START to number 4930609859535. When you create a new API Key for your WhatsApp Number any existing Sandbox Keys associated with your number will be revoked.

Code Examples For Developers

Python

Creating an API key

Send a WhatsApp message START to the number 4930609859535. In the following examples, we assume your phone number is 49YOURNUMBER. Save the D360-API-KEY (in the examples it is described as YOUR_API_KEY).

Setting your Callback URL (optional)

Use an external service (such as requestbin.com) to test webhook responses, or create your own webhook server for tests. In the case you want to test with localhost, you may use an external service (such as ngrok).

#!/usr/bin/env python3
# coding: utf-8
import requests
url = "https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/configs/webhook"
payload = '''
{
"url": "https://your-webhook-adress"
}
'''
headers = {
'D360-Api-Key': "YOUR_API_KEY",
'Content-Type': "application/json",
}
response = requests.post(url, data=payload, headers=headers)
print(response.status_code)
print(response.json())

Now you may send any messages to the number 4930609859535. You will receive all webhooks as described in the WhatsApp API Webhooks Page.

For example, when you send a message with content abcd you will receive a message:

{
"contacts": [
{
"profile": {
"name": "Your name"
},
"wa_id": "49YOURNUMBER"
}
],
"messages": [
{
"from": "49YOURNUMBER",
"id": "ABGGSHggVwIvAhANFj5aqzEi_lbauSkLYDCO",
"text": {
"body": "abcd"
},
"timestamp": "1591955533",
"type": "text"
}
]
}

Test sending messages

#!/usr/bin/env python3
# coding: utf-8
import requests
url = "https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/messages"
payload = '''
{
"to": "49YOURNUMBER",
"type": "text",
"text": {
"body": "Any message you want..."
}
}
'''
headers = {
'D360-Api-Key': "YOUR_API_KEY",
'Content-Type': "application/json",
}
response = requests.post(url, data=payload, headers=headers)
print(response.status_code)
print(response.json())

In your webhook, you will receive messages about status updates. For example:

{
"statuses": [
{
"id": "gBGGSHggVwIvAgk4hwKJv9PdlG4",
"recipient_id": "49YOURNUMBER",
"status": "read",
"timestamp": "1591955668"
}
]
}

Test sending templates

#!/usr/bin/env python3
# coding: utf-8
import requests
url = "https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/messages"
payload = '''
{
"to": "49YOURNUMBER",
"type": "template",
"template": {
"namespace": "c8ae5f90_307a_ca4c_b8f6_d1e2a2573574",
"language": {
"policy": "deterministic",
"code": "de"
},
"name": "first_welcome_messsage",
"components": [{
"type": "body",
"parameters": [{
"type": "text",
"text": "YOUR NAME"
}
]
}
]
}
}
'''
headers = {
'D360-Api-Key': "YOUR_API_KEY",
'Content-Type': "application/json",
}
response = requests.post(url, data=payload, headers=headers)
print(response.status_code)
print(response.json())

Similarly to sending text messages, you will receive webhook calls with status updates.

PHP

Creating an API key

Send a WhatsApp message START to the number 4930609859535. In the following examples, we assume your phone number is 49YOURNUMBER. Save API Key (in examples will be YOUR_API_KEY).

Setting your webhook (optional)

Use external service e.g. requestbin.com to test webhook answers. Or create your own webhook server for tests. In case if you want to test with localhost you may use e.g. external ngrok.com service.

Then set your webhook:

<?php
$url = "https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/configs/webhook";
$payload = <<<'PAYLOAD'
{
"url": "https://your-webhook-adress"
}
PAYLOAD;
$headers = [
"Content-Type: application/json",
"D360-Api-Key: YOUR_API_KEY",
];
$curl = curl_init();
curl_setopt_array($curl, [
CURLOPT_URL => $url,
CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER => true,
CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST => "POST",
CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS => $payload,
CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER => $headers,
]);
$response = curl_exec($curl);
$err = curl_error($curl);
curl_close($curl);
if ($err) {
echo "curl error: " . $err;
} else {
echo $response;
}

Now you may send any messages to the number 4930609859535. You will receive all webhooks as described in the WhatsApp API Webhooks Page.

For example, when you send a message with content abcd you will receive a message:

{
"contacts": [
{
"profile": {
"name": "Your name"
},
"wa_id": "49YOURNUMBER"
}
],
"messages": [
{
"from": "49YOURNUMBER",
"id": "ABGGSHggVwIvAhANFj5aqzEi_lbauSkLYDCO",
"text": {
"body": "abcd"
},
"timestamp": "1591955533",
"type": "text"
}
]
}

Test sending messages

<?php
$url = "https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/messages";
$payload = <<<'PAYLOAD'
{
"to": "49YOURNUMBER",
"type": "text",
"text": {
"body": "Any message you want..."
}
}
PAYLOAD;
$headers = [
"Content-Type: application/json",
"D360-Api-Key: YOUR_API_KEY",
];
$curl = curl_init();
curl_setopt_array($curl, [
CURLOPT_URL => $url,
CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER => true,
CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST => "POST",
CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS => $payload,
CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER => $headers,
]);
$response = curl_exec($curl);
$err = curl_error($curl);
curl_close($curl);
if ($err) {
echo "curl error: " . $err;
} else {
echo $response;
}

In your webhook, you will receive messages about status updates. For example:

{
"statuses": [
{
"id": "gBGGSHggVwIvAgk4hwKJv9PdlG4",
"recipient_id": "49YOURNUMBER",
"status": "read",
"timestamp": "1591955668"
}
]
}

Test sending templates

<?php
$url = "https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/messages";
$payload = <<<'PAYLOAD'
{
"to": "49YOURNUMBER",
"type": "template",
"template": {
"namespace": "c8ae5f90_307a_ca4c_b8f6_d1e2a2573574",
"language": {
"policy": "deterministic",
"code": "de"
},
"name": "first_welcome_messsage",
"components": [{
"type": "body",
"parameters": [{
"type": "text",
"text": "YOUR NAME"
}
]
}
]
}
}
PAYLOAD;
$headers = [
"Content-Type: application/json",
"D360-Api-Key: YOUR_API_KEY",
];
$curl = curl_init();
curl_setopt_array($curl, [
CURLOPT_URL => $url,
CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER => true,
CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST => "POST",
CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS => $payload,
CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER => $headers,
]);
$response = curl_exec($curl);
$err = curl_error($curl);
curl_close($curl);
if ($err) {
echo "curl error: " . $err;
} else {
echo $response;
}

Similarly to sending text messages you will receive webhook calls with status updates.

CURL

Creating API Key

Send a WhatsApp message START to the number 4930609859535. In the following examples, we assume your phone number is 49YOURNUMBER. Save API Key (in the examples will be YOUR_API_KEY).

Setting your webhook (optional)

Use external service e.g. requestbin.com to test webhook answers, or create your own webhook server for tests. In the case you want to test with localhost you may use e.g. external ngrok.com service.

Then set your webhook:

curl --request POST \
--url https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/configs/webhook \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'D360-Api-Key: YOUR_API_KEY' \
--data '{"url": "https://your-webhook-adress"}'

Now you may send any messages to the number 4930609859535. You will receive all webhooks as described in WhatsApp API https://developers.facebook.com/docs/whatsapp/api/webhooks

For example, when you send a message with content abcd you will receive the message:

{
"contacts": [
{
"profile": {
"name": "Your name"
},
"wa_id": "49YOURNUMBER"
}
],
"messages": [
{
"from": "49YOURNUMBER",
"id": "ABGGSHggVwIvAhANFj5aqzEi_lbauSkLYDCO",
"text": {
"body": "abcd"
},
"timestamp": "1591955533",
"type": "text"
}
]
}

Test sending messages

curl --request POST \
--url https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/messages \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'D360-Api-Key: YOUR_API_KEY' \
--data '{"to":"49YOURNUMBER","type":"text","text":{"body":"Any message you want..."}}'

In your webhook, you will receive messages about status updates. For example:

{
"statuses": [
{
"id": "gBGGSHggVwIvAgk4hwKJv9PdlG4",
"recipient_id": "49YOURNUMBER",
"status": "read",
"timestamp": "1591955668"
}
]
}

Test sending templates

curl --request POST \
--url https://waba-sandbox.360dialog.io/v1/messages \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--header 'D360-Api-Key: YOUR_API_KEY' \
--data '{"to":"49YOURNUMBER","type":"template","template":{"namespace":"c8ae5f90_307a_ca4c_b8f6_d1e2a2573574","language":{"policy":"deterministic","code":"de"},"name":"first_welcome_messsage","components":[{"type":"body","parameters":[{"type":"text","text":"YOUR NAME"}]}]}}'

Similarly to sending text messages, you will receive webhooks with status updates.