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:


  1. Download ngrok

  2. Start your Xip server as detailed in Booting Up.

  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.