Message Templates

Message templates offer a way for you to offer a richer in-conversation experience than standard text messages by integrating buttons, images, lists, and more alongside text a single message. Templates can be use for many purposes, such as displaying product information, asking the message recipient to choose from a pre-determined set of options, and showing search results.

Request URI

https://graph.facebook.com/v8.0/me/messages?access_token=<PAGE_ACCESS_TOKEN>

Example Request

curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{
  "recipient":{
    "id":"<PSID>"
  },
  "message":{
    "attachment":{
      "type":"template",
      "payload":{
        "template_type":"generic",
        "elements":[
           {
            "title":"Welcome!",
            "image_url":"https://petersfancybrownhats.com/company_image.png",
            "subtitle":"We have the right hat for everyone.",
            "default_action": {
              "type": "web_url",
              "url": "https://petersfancybrownhats.com/view?item=103",
              "webview_height_ratio": "tall",
            },
            "buttons":[
              {
                "type":"web_url",
                "url":"https://petersfancybrownhats.com",
                "title":"View Website"
              },{
                "type":"postback",
                "title":"Start Chatting",
                "payload":"DEVELOPER_DEFINED_PAYLOAD"
              }              
            ]      
          }
        ]
      }
    }
  }
}' "https://graph.facebook.com/v2.6/me/messages?access_token=<PAGE_ACCESS_TOKEN>"

Example Response

{
  "recipient_id": "1254477777772919",
  "message_id": "AG5Hz2Uq7tuwNEhXfYYKj8mJEM_QPpz5jdCK48PnKAjSdjfipqxqMvK8ma6AC8fplwlqLP_5cgXIbu7I3rBN0P"
}  

Properties

recipient

Description of the message recipient. All requests must include one of the following properties to identify the recipient.

Property Type Description

recipient.id

String

Page Scoped User ID (PSID) of the message recipient. The user needs to have interacted with any of the Messenger entry points in order to opt-in into messaging with the Page. Note that Facebook Login integrations return user IDs are app-scoped and will not work with the Messenger platform.

recipient.user_ref

String

Used for the checkbox plugin and customer chat plugin.

recipient.post_id

String

Used for Private Replies to reference the visitor post to reply to.

recipient.comment_id

String

Used for Private Replies to reference the post comment to reply to.

message

Description of the message to be sent.
Property Type Description

message.attachment

Object

An object describing attachments to the message.

message.attachment

Property Type Description

type

String

Value must be template

payload

Object

payload of the template.

message.attachment.payload

Property Type Description

template_type

String

Value indicating the template type generic, button, media, receipt, etc

...

Mixed

The rest of message.attachment.payload properties depend on the template type. See Available templates.