Fax send and receive in .NET with the InterFAX REST API
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README.md

InterFAX .NET Library

NuGet version Build Status

Installation | Getting Started | Running Tests | Contributing | License

Send and receive faxes in CLI Languages with the InterFAX REST API.

(examples are in C#)

Installation

This library targets .NET Standard 2.0/.NET 4.6.1+ and is installed via NuGet:

Install-Package InterFAX.Api -Version 3.1.0

For a full list of supported platforms see the .NET Standard reference documentation.

The legacy PCL format package targetting .NET 4.5.2 is available as version 1.X.X:

Install-Package InterFAX.Api -Version 1.0.5

Warning: If building with VS2015, the NuGet package manager must be updated to v3.6+ in order to recognise .NET Standard packages within the IDE (download). If required, the updated package manager will additionally prompt and link to install an updated .NET standard runtime.

(Advanced) For use with the PCI compliant InterFAX API, select the InterFAX_PCI root during initialization (See Client)

Getting started

Usage

Client | Account | Outbound | Inbound | Documents

Client

Credentials are set through environment variables, or passed as parameters directly during initialization. Credentials passed as parameters take precedence over those set in the environment.

using InterFAX.Api;

// | Initialize using parameters
var interfax = new FaxClient(username: "...", password: "...");

// | Initialize using Environment variables
// key : string 
// INTERFAX_USERNAME : InterFax Username
// INTERFAX_PASSWORD : InterFax Password
var interfax = new FaxClient();

// Initialize with an alternative InterFAX API (EG PCI Compliant)
// InterFAX_Default: https://www.interfax.net/en-us/dev/rest/reference
// InterFAX_PCI: https://www.interfax.net/en-us/dev/rest_pci/reference
var interfax = new FaxClient(apiRoot: FaxClient.ApiRoot.InterFAX_PCI);

Use of configurationManager was removed in 2.0.0, due to conversion to .NET Standard.

All connections are established over HTTPS.

Client must support TLS 1.1+ as of June 30th 2018 (See TLS 1.0 End of Life)

Account

Balance

async Task<decimal> GetBalance();

Determine the remaining faxing credits in your account.

var interfax = new FaxClient();

var balance = await interfax.Account.GetBalance();
Console.WriteLine($"Account balance is {balance}"); //=> Account balance is 9.86

More: documentation

Outbound

Send | Get list | Get completed list | Get record | Get image stream | Cancel fax | Search

Send fax

async Task<int> SendFax(IFaxDocument faxDocument, SendOptions options) async Task<int> SendFax(List<IFaxDocument> faxDocuments, SendOptions options)

Submit a fax to a single destination number. Returns the messageId of the fax.

For small documents, there are a few ways to send a fax. You can directly provide a file path, a file stream or a url, which can be a web page anywhere or a link to a previously uploaded document resource (see Documents).

var options = new SendOptions { FaxNumber = "+11111111112"};

// with a path
var fileDocument = interfax.Documents.BuildFaxDocument(@".\folder\fax.txt");
var messageId = await interfax.Outbound.SendFax(faxDocument, options);

// with a stream
// NB : the caller is responsible for opening and closing the stream.
using (var fileStream = File.OpenRead(@".\folder\fax.txt"))
{
  var fileDocument = interfax.Documents.BuildFaxDocument("fax.txt", fileStream);
  var messageId = await interfax.Outbound.SendFax(faxDocument, options);
}
// with a byte array
byte[] file = ...
var urlDocument = interfax.Documents.BuildFaxDocument(file, ".pdf"));
var messageId = await interfax.Outbound.SendFax(urlDocument, options);

// with a URL
var urlDocument = interfax.Documents.BuildFaxDocument(new Uri("https://s3.aws.com/example/fax.html"));
var messageId = await interfax.Outbound.SendFax(urlDocument, options);

// or a combination
var documents = new List<IFaxDocument> { fileDocument, urlDocument };
var messageId = await interfax.Outbound.SendFax(documents, options)

InterFAX supports over 20 file types including HTML, PDF, TXT, Word, and many more. For a full list see the Supported File Types documentation. The supported types are mapped to media types in the file SupportedMediaTypes.json - this can be modified by hand.

The returned object is the Id of the fax. Use this Id to load more information, get the image, or cancel the sending of the fax.

var result = await interfax.CancelFax(messageId);

// result in this case is just "OK".

SendOptions: FaxNumber, Contact, PostponeTime, RetriesToPerform, Csid, PageHeader, Reference, PageSize, FitToPage, PageOrientation, Resolution, Rendering


Get outbound fax list

async Task<IEnumerable<OutboundFaxSummary>> GetList(Outbound.ListOptions options = null);

Get a list of recent outbound faxes (which does not include batch faxes).

var faxes = await interfax.Outbound.GetList();

Outbound.ListOptions: Limit, LastId, SortOrder, UserId


Get completed fax list

async Task<IEnumerable<OutboundFaxSummary>> GetCompleted(params int[] ids)

Get details for a subset of completed faxes from a submitted list. (Submitted id's which have not completed are ignored).

var completed = await interfax.Outbound.GetCompleted(1, 2, 3);

More: documentation


Get outbound fax record

async Task<OutboundFaxSummary> GetFaxRecord(Int64 id);

Retrieves information regarding a previously-submitted fax, including its current status.

var fax = interfax.Outbound.GetFaxRecord(123456)

More: documentation


Get outbound fax image stream

async Task<Stream> GetFaxImageStream(Int64 id);

Retrieve the fax image stream (TIFF file) of a submitted fax.

using (var imageStream = await _interfax.Outbound.GetFaxImageStream(662208217))
{
    using (var fileStream = File.Create(@".\image.tiff"))
    {
        InterFAX.Utils.CopyStream(imageStream, fileStream);
    }
}

More: documentation


Cancel a fax

async Task<string> CancelFax(Int64 id)

Cancel a fax in progress.

var result = interfax.Outbound.CancelFax(123456)

// => OK

More: documentation


Search fax list

async Task<IEnumerable<OutboundFax>> SearchFaxes(SearchOptions searchOptions)

Search for outbound faxes.

var faxes = await interfax.Outbound.Search(new SearchOptions {
  faxNumber = '+1230002305555'
});

Options: Ids, Reference, DateFrom, DateTo, Status, UserId, FaxNumber, Limit, Offset

Inbound

Get list | Get record | Get image stream | Get emails | Mark as read | Resend to email

Get inbound fax list

async Task<IEnumerable<InboundFax>> GetList(ListOptions listOptions = null)

Retrieves a user's list of inbound faxes. (Sort order is always in descending ID).

var faxes = await interfax.Inbound.GetList(new ListOptions { UnreadOnly = true });

Options: UnreadOnly, Limit, LastId, AllUsers


Get inbound fax record

async Task<InboundFax> GetFaxRecord(Int64 id)

Retrieves a single fax's metadata (receive time, sender number, etc.).

var fax = await interfax.Inbound.GetFaxRecord(123456);

More: documentation


Get inbound fax image stream

async Task<Stream> GetFaxImageStream(Int64 id)

Retrieves a single fax's image.

using (var imageStream = await _interfax.Inbound.GetFaxImageStream(291704306))
{
    using (var fileStream = File.Create(@".\image.tiff"))
    {
        Utils.CopyStream(imageStream, fileStream);
    }
}

More: documentation


Get forwarding emails

async Task<IEnumerable<ForwardingEmail>> GetForwardingEmails(Int64 id)

Retrieve the list of email addresses to which a fax was forwarded.

var emails = await interfax.Inbound.GetForwardingEmails(12345);
foreach(var email in emails)
	Console.WriteLine($"{email.EmailAddress}, {email.MessageStatus}, {email.CompletionTime.ToString("s")}")

More: documentation


Mark as read/unread

async Task<string> MarkRead(Int64 id) async Task<string> MarkUnread(Int64 id)

Mark a transaction as read/unread.

// mark as read
var result = interfax.Inbound.MarkRead(123456);

// => OK

// mark as unread
var result = interfax.Inbound.MarkUnread(123456);

// => OK

More: documentation

Resend inbound fax

async Task<string> Resend(Int64 id, string emailAddress = null)

Resend an inbound fax, optionally to a specific email address.

// resend to the email(s) to which the fax was previously forwarded
var result = await interfax.Inbound.Resend(123456);

// => OK

// resend to a specific address
var result = await interfax.Inbound.Resend(123456) "test@example.com");

// => OK

More: documentation


Documents

Create document upload session | Upload chunk | Get upload session list | Status | Cancel

Document upload sessions allow for uploading of large files up to 20MB in chunks of arbitrary size.

You can do this with either a file path :

UploadSession UploadDocument(string filePath)

var fileInfo = new FileInfo("test.pdf"));
var session = _interfax.Outbound.Documents.UploadDocument(fileInfo.FullName);

Or with a file stream :

UploadSession UploadDocument(string fileName, FileStream fileStream)

using (var fileStream = File.OpenRead("test.pdf"))
{
  var session = _interfax.Outbound.Documents.UploadDocument(filePath, fileStream);
}

The Uri property of the returned session object can be used when sending a fax.

If you want to control the chunking yourself, the following example shows how you could upload a file in 500 byte chunks:

var fileInfo = new FileInfo("large.pdf");

var sessionId = CreateUploadSession(new UploadSessionOptions
{
    Name = fileInfo.Name,
    Size = (int) fileInfo.Length
}).Result;

using (var fileStream = File.OpenRead(filePath))
{
    var buffer = new byte[500];
    int len;
    while ((len = fileStream.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length)) > 0)
    {
        var data = new byte[len];
        Array.Copy(buffer, data, len);
        var response = UploadDocumentChunk(sessionId, fileStream.Position - len, data).Result;
        if (response.StatusCode == HttpStatusCode.Accepted) continue;
        if (response.StatusCode == HttpStatusCode.OK) break;
    }
}

Create Document Upload Session

async Task<string> CreateUploadSession(UploadSessionOptions options)

Create a document upload session, allowing you to upload large files in chunks.

var sessionId = _interfax.Outbound.Documents.CreateUploadSession(options);

Options: Disposition, Sharing


Upload chunk

async Task<HttpResponseMessage> UploadDocumentChunk(string sessionId, long offset, byte[] data)

Upload a chunk to an existing document upload session. The offset refers to the offset in the unchunked file not the data parameter.

var response = UploadDocumentChunk(sessionId, offset, data).Result;

// HttpStatusCode.OK (done) or HttpStatusCode.Accepted (unfinished)

More: documentation


Get Upload Session List

async Task<IEnumerable<UploadSession>> GetUploadSessions(ListOptions listOptions = null)

Get a list of previous document uploads which are currently available.

var list = _interfax.Outbound.Documents.GetUploadSessions(new Documents.ListOptions
                {
                    Offset = 10,
                    Limit = 5
                }).Result;

Options: Limit, Offset


Get upload session status

async Task<UploadSession> GetUploadSession(string sessionId)

Get the current status of a specific document upload session.

var session = interfax.Documents.GetUploadSession(123456);

More: documentation


Cancel document upload session

interfax.documents.cancel(document_id, callback);

Cancel a document upload and tear down the upload session, or delete a previous upload.

var result = await interfax.Outbound.Documents.CancelUploadSession(sessionId);

// => OK

More: documentation


Running Tests

Manually (Visual Studio)

  1. Build the project
  2. Open the Test Explorer Test > Windows > Test Explorer
  3. "Run All"

Manually (CLI/Console Runner)

  1. Install the .NET Core SDK
  2. Run dotnet test in the root or desired test folder

Note: Integration Testing

Integration tests require valid api credentials to pass, these can be provided within the testingConfig.cs within. A free developer account can be registered at https://www.interfax.net/en/dev/register.

Contributing

  1. Fork the repo on GitHub
  2. Clone the project to your own machine
  3. Commit changes to your own branch
  4. Push your work back up to your fork
  5. Submit a Pull request so that we can review your changes

License

This library is released under the MIT License.