Allowing a VPS/Dedicated server to receive SMS text messages ?


Active Member
Never dealt with sms text on linux servers, but was wondering if there's any service/software that would allow VPS/dedicated server to receive a specific SMS text message and then based on that SMS text message run a certain action/task ?

Or anything close ? 




Active Member
There are email to SMS gateways and I think there are also likely some SMS to email provided by phone companies.

I have a few phone numbers with that can receive SMS and can surely be forwarded to a VPS somehow (through SIP if necessary), but I haven't looked into doing that due to not having needed it.


New Member
wow thanks Twilio looks like what I need :)
Tropo is free for development. As long your usage is small scale, there's no need to pay  ;).

Both Twilio and Tropo have webhooks built-in, so you just need a callable script (PHP, Python, etc). From there, you can use an if/else or switch/dictionary block to trigger your pre-made commands.
Last edited by a moderator:


New Member
You would need an API to do this and the API should be provided by your SMS gateway or service provider. 

To carry out your desired functions, then of course you might need a simple PHP script or an application that would handle it.

As others recommended, Twilio is a good option.


Verified Provider
You should be able to setup some type of mail server on the box for this type of thing.

I know we've used boxes to send SMS messages however haven't tried it the otherway. However SMS is pretty much just an email most phone companies it's your number @ something on the lines of that.

Guess it depends if you want a paid service already made that you can add a script to easy or not.

Years ago we had one that would email us if disk usage on our SSD nodes hit xx%. Would be awesome to send a SMS and have the box do different tasks.