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When developing locally, message platforms require access to the Xip server running on your machine in order to transmit user messages.
Here are some options you can use:

ngrok

  1. 1.
    Download ngrok
  2. 2.
    Start your Xip server as detailed in Booting Up.
  3. 3.
    Open up an ngrok tunnel to your Xip server and port (default 5000) like this: ngrok http 5000. ngrok will output a unique ngrok local tunnel URL to your machine.
When you provide your local ngrok URL to a messaging service, you will have to add /incoming/<service>. For example:
  • https://abc1234.ngrok.io/incoming/facebook
  • https://abc1234.ngrok.io/incoming/twilio
More details on service specific settings can be found on the GitHub page for each service gem.
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