Call Tracking (Django)

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Call Tracking (Django)

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Use Twilio to track the effectiveness of your different marketing campaigns. Learn how call tracking helps organizations in these Twilio customer stories.

Read the full tutorial here!


Create a TwiML App

This project is configured to use a TwiML App, which allows us to easily set the voice URLs for all Twilio phone numbers we purchase in this app.

Create a new TwiML app at and use its Sid as the TWIML_APPLICATION_SID environment variable wherever you run this app.

Creating a TwiML App

You can learn more about TwiML apps here:

Local development

This project is built using the Django web framework. It runs on Python 2.7+ and Python 3.4+.

To run the app locally, first clone this repository and cd into its directory. Then:

  1. Create a new virtual environment:

  2. Install the requirements:

    pip install -r requirements.txt
  3. Start a local PostgreSQL database and create a database called call_tracking:

    • If on a Mac, I recommend After install, open psql and run CREATE DATABASE call_tracking;
    • If Postgres is already installed locally, you can just run createdb call_tracking from a terminal
  4. Run the migrations with:

    python migrate
  5. Optionally create a superuser so you can access the Django admin:

    python createsuperuser
  6. Copy the .env_example file to .env, and edit it to include your Twilio API credentials (found at

  7. Run source .env to apply the environment variables (or even better, use autoenv)

  8. Start the development server

    python runserver

To actually forward incoming calls, your development server will need to be publicly accessible. We recommend using ngrok to solve this problem.

Once you have started ngrok, update your TwiML app's voice URL setting to use your ngrok hostname, so it will look something like this:

Run the tests

You can run the tests locally through coverage:

$ coverage run test --settings=twilio_sample_project.settings.test

You can then view the results with coverage report or build an HTML report with coverage html.


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