Receive Real Time

To receive SMS messages in real-time, please log in to your SMS Central account to set up the URL where you would like received messages to be forwarded. SMS Central recommends using a HTTPS URL.

When Receiving SMS Messages in Real-Time, SMS Central’s server will send a HTTP GET to the URL you have specified, as soon as a message is received.


SMS Central requires a response from your server to the HTTP GET.
Please ensure that you respond to the HTTP GET with a “HTTP/1.1 200 OK” HTTP status code in the header of your response and please ensure that you output a “0” in the content of your response to the HTTP GET.

SMS Central also provides the option to retry the forwarding of the delivery receipt to your URL, in the event that your server may be having issues or experiencing downtime.

Within the ‘Rules & Triggers’ section of the SMS Central portal, you’re able to enable the retry logic when setting up your forwarding rules.

In doing so, in the event that the nominated URL does not provide an adequate response or is experiencing downtime, SMS Central will continually retry the forwarding to your URL up to 10 times, with an increased delay of 5 minutes between each attempt. For example:

attempt 1: 2014-01-02 10:15:00
attempt 2: 2014-01-02 10:20:00
attempt 3: 2014-01-02 10:30:00
attempt 4: 2014-01-02 10:45:00
attempt 5: 2014-01-02 11:05:00
attempt 6: 2014-01-02 11:30:00
attempt 7: 2014-01-02 12:00:00
attempt 8: 2014-01-02 12:35:00
attempt 9: 2014-01-02 13:15:00
attempt 10: 2014-01-02 14:00:00

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