How do I receive SMS messages on my Plivo numbers?


  1. Sign up for a free Plivo trial account OR login to your Plivo account. 
  2. Check out our Helper Library page for information on how to install the right helper based on the programming language you want to use.
  3. Buy a Plivo phone number. A phone number is required to receive and reply to SMS text messages. You can buy a Plivo phone number in over 19 countries through the Buy Numbers tab on your Plivo account menu. Check the SMS API coverage page for all the supported countries.
  4. Use a web hosting service to host your web application. There are many inexpensive cloud hosting providers that you can use for just a few dollars a month. Follow the instructions of your hosting provider to host your web application.

Set up a web server

For this example, let’s assume your web server is located at The following snippet will set up a route on your web server. Now, when we send an HTTP request to, this route will be triggered.

Create an application

  1. Create an application by either visiting the Application Page and clicking on “Add New Application” or by using Plivo’s Application API.
  2. Give your application a name. For this example, let’s call it “Receive SMS”. Enter your server URL (e.g. in the message URL field and set the method to POST. See our Application API guide to learn how to modify your application through our APIs.
  3. Click on “Create Application” to save your application.


Assign a Plivo number to your app

  1. Navigate to the Numbers page and select the phone number you want to use for this app.
  2. Select “Receive SMS” (the name of the app) from the Plivo App dropdown list.
  3. Click on “Update Number” to save


If you don’t have a number, go to the Buy Number page to purchase a Plivo phone number.


Test it out

Send an SMS to your Plivo number using a regular mobile phone. Plivo will send a request to your Message URL.

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