4 Best Open Source Bulk SMS Gateway Software

Today, SMS (Short Message Service) has become more popular, it widely used all over the world in huge amounts for various business processes such as SMS Marketing, apart from the conventional communication platform. An SMS gateway allows a computer system to send or receive SMS to or from a telecommunications network, thus to or from mobile phones of clients.

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There are a number of industry focused open source SMS gateway software solutions you can use to run your bulk SMS services. If you are searching for one, then this article is meant for you, you can check out the list below.

1. Jasmin – SMS Gateway

Jasmin is a free, open-source, very powerful, easily customizable, and high-performance SMS Gateway solution, built for full in-memory execution. It is intended for environments with traffic-clogged systems to meet specific business message exchange needs.

Jasmin SMS Gateway
Jasmin SMS Gateway

It comes with several enterprise-grade features for message exchange such as a web UI for SMS management, standard and advanced message filtering, SMPP client/server, HTTP client/server, AMQP messaging, flexible in-memory billing and processing, advanced message routing/filtering, Unicode and long messages support.

It allows for high availability services through auto reconnection and re-routing procedures during the busiest hours or link failover. Jasim supports intelligent routing configurable in real-time via an API, CLI interface or a web backend, and so much more.

2. PlaySMS – SMS Gateway

PlaySMS is a free, open source, flexible and fully-featured web-based SMS management system. It can be used for services such as an SMS gateway, bulk SMS provider, personal messaging tool, enterprise and group communication system, and it can handle large amount of SMS. Notably, you can configure multiple domains on a single playSMS installation (with site branding for reseller supports).

PlaySMS - SMS Gateway
PlaySMS – SMS Gateway

It supports various ways of handling and routing SMS simply from web-based mobile portal system, with a multi-language user interface. For Linux geeks, PlaySMS can also be used to send SMS command, execute server side shell script via SMS. In addition, there is an Android app you can use, available on Google Play Store, and more.

3. Kannel – WAP and SMS Gateway

Kannel is a free, open source, very powerful and widely used popular WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) and SMS gateway solution. It is primarily developed on Linux systems, and can be ported to other Unix-like systems. It is used for SMS exchange, serving WAP Push service indications, as well as providing mobile internet access.

Kannel WAP and SMS Gateway
Kannel WAP and SMS Gateway

Kannel is designed to link HTTP based services to various SMS service centers using little known protocols, and supports most if not all GSM phones for exchanging SMS messages.

4. Kalkun – SMS Gateway and Management

Kalkun is a free, open source, pluggable, secure, and simple web-based SMS management system. It employs gammu-smsd as an SMS gateway engine to send and retrieve messages from your phone/modem. You can use the default gateway (gammu) or configure your own gateways.

Kalkun SMS Gateway and Management
Kalkun SMS Gateway and Management

It has multi-user support, allows you to setup multiple modems, has a spam filter, supports various SMS templates. Kalkun also helps you to exchange SMS between your custom applications using it’s simple API, and more.

That’s all! If you know of any other open source SMS gateway solutions missing in this list, but deserve to be here, let us know via the feedback form below, we will be grateful.

Aaron Kili
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  1. I’m a developer and I had to create something for one project of mine and in time it became a whole project by himself.

    I’ve created a self-hosted SMS marketing platform that it’s integrated with more than 150 SMS providers you can bring your own device if you require it.

  2. Thanks for sharing such a useful resources which I did not find anywhere else till now. If you know about Drupal CMS. I want to integrate any of these gateways with Drupal 7. How can I do that?

    I want to use it with sms_framework module. This module already has integration with services like clickatell, twilio etc. I want to create my own gateway so that I do not have to use these paid services.

  3. Hi, thanks for the information on the SMS gateways.

    Just to let you know that Kalkun demo links are working as of 07 feb 2019.

  4. Hello.

    This all apps almost free, but for installing you have to have special people, or pay money for install and its not too easy for config.

    We are using SMPP.tools – its not free, but installing for one day and you ready for work.

  5. Jasmin is an open-source SMS Gateway with many enterprise-class features, on various criteria: sender ID, source, destination and many combinations.


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