CodeIgniter 4 with Gupshup API Send WhatsApp Message

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Integrating WhatsApp messaging capabilities into web applications has become increasingly prevalent for interactive user engagement. Gupshup, a leading messaging API provider, offers seamless integration with WhatsApp, enabling developers to send messages programmatically.

In CodeIgniter 4, a robust PHP framework, leveraging the Gupshup API facilitates WhatsApp message delivery with ease. In this tutorial, we’ll see the process of integrating the Gupshup API to send WhatsApp messages in CodeIgniter 4.

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Let’s get started.

CodeIgniter 4 Installation

To create a CodeIgniter 4 setup run this given command into your shell or terminal. Please make sure composer should be installed.

composer create-project codeigniter4/appstarter codeigniter-4

Assuming you have successfully installed application into your local system.

Gupshup API & Template Settings

Here, you will see settings of Template setup inside your gupshup dashboard.

Gupshup business template is the way to bind your messages in placeholders to send your customers.

>> Login to Gupshup Account

Login to your account by putting email address and password,

After login, Click on Channels >> WhatsApp

>> Create New Template

Next, click on Create Template button to create your own layout for message with placeholders.

Template Example,

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Once you create your template then you can use it but the template should be Approved by WhatsApp. After template submission generally it takes 24 hours to review and approve by WhatsApp.

>> Required API Parameters

To send messages by Gupshup, you need following parameters,

  • GupShup API URL
  • API Key
  • Template ID
  • App Name
  • Source Number

Let’s setup these details into application.

Setup GupShup Parameters to Application

Open .env file and setup your environment variables like this,






Now, you can use this variable globally in your application.

Message Controller Setup and Settings

Open project terminal and run this command,

php spark make:controller Message --suffix

It will create MessageController.php inside /app/Controllers folder.

Open file and write this complete code into it,


namespace App\Controllers;

use App\Controllers\BaseController;

class MessageController extends BaseController
    public function index()
        // Setup parameters
        $mobile = "918888888888"; // Country code 91 and then number
        $data = [
            "name" => "Sanjay",
            "message" => "Sample message to test with this template",
            "files" => [

        if($this->send_whatsapp_message($mobile, $data)){

            // Message sent

            // Failed to sent message

    // Send message 
    public function send_whatsapp_message($mobile_number, $data = array()){


		// Attach files in new lines
		if(isset($data["files"]) && count($data["files"]) > 0){

			$data["files"] = implode(" ", $data["files"]);

			$data["files"] = "--";

		$data = [
			'channel' => 'whatsapp',
			'destination' => $mobile_number,
			'template' => json_encode([
				'params' => [

		$headers = [
			'Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded',
			'Cache-Control: no-cache'

		$ch = curl_init($url);

		curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, 1);
		curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, http_build_query($data));
		curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HTTPHEADER, $headers);
		curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);

		$response = curl_exec($ch);

		// {"status":"submitted","messageId":"fed16964-104b-4b54-a9a1-ba37fd7e8a76"}
		$response = json_decode($response, true);

		if($response['status'] == "submitted"){
			return true;
			return false;


When you run this you will get whatsapp message to your destination number.

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Example Output,

That’s it.

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