playSMS Gateway Plugin Twilio

playSMS is a web application for managing users, credits, features, routes and gateways, for sending and receiving SMS. playSMS is not an actual SMS gateway, it cannot send or receive SMS by itself. It needs another application or service, SMS gateway or gateway for short, to actually send and receive SMS. Twilio is one of those SMS gateway.

playSMS uses plugins for various functions and one of them is for handling those SMS gateways. Gateway Plugin in playSMS is referred to plugin that handles actions such as sending and receiving SMS for playSMS from/to actual SMS gateway.

In this article I will explain how to configure a Gateway Plugin Twilio to connect playSMS with SMS service in Twilio.

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playSMS 1.4.3 on VirtualBox

This article is about playSMS 1.4.3 installation on VirtualBox. What you need is a computer that is connected to the internet and capable of running VirtualBox properly.

To actually send and/or receive SMS you will need another piece that is not part of this article. You can discuss that in playSMS Forum.

I will be using Ubuntu 18.04 on my VirtualBox. That means you can compare this article with previous article playSMS 1.4.3 on Ubuntu 18.04. There should be similarities, but of course the previous article focus on cloud installation and this one is more like local installation.

Since the installation is local you will need to download Ubuntu Server 18.04 ISO file from Ubuntu websites, save it somewhere in your computer.

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playSMS 1.4.3 on Ubuntu 18.04

playSMS version 1.4.3 has been released, and it is the recommended version as it contains fixes to several bugs and critical security vulnerability. This article is howto install playSMS 1.4.3 on Ubuntu 18.04.

I’m using DigitalOcean (DO) service to test the configuration and commands. Create new Droplet in DO account. Click here to register on DO if you don’t have an account.

Choose Ubuntu 18.0.4 (currently 18.04.3 LTS) and select at least the cheapest service (USD 5). Create and wait for a minute or two for the SSH to be ready. You can then login via SSH and start playSMS installation.

Login to your CentOS droplet (later we will call droplet as server) using SSH and follow instructions below step by step. Read carefully why you need to do each step correctly. Please pay attention to details.

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playSMS 1.4.3 on CentOS 7

playSMS version 1.4.3 was released recently and currently it is the recommended playSMS version available. The release fixed critical security vulnerability and contains other bugfixes and improvements. This article shows you step by step howto install playSMS version 1.4.3 on CentOS 7.

I’m using DigitalOcean (DO) service to test the configuration and commands. Create new Droplet in DO account. Click here to register on DO if you don’t have an account.

Choose CentOS 7 (currently 7.6) and select at least the cheapest service (USD 5). Create and wait for a minute or two for the SSH to be ready. You can then login via SSH and start playSMS installation.

Login to your CentOS droplet (later we will call droplet as server) using SSH and follow instructions below step by step. Read carefully why you need to do each step correctly. Please pay attention to details.

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fail2ban for playSMS

This is how to use fail2ban to protect playSMS from invalid logins. Invalid logins can come from bots specifically programmed to guess playSMS passwords. Correctly configured fail2ban will ban/block/reject IP of users/attackers when playSMS got too many invalid logins in short period of time.

Please note that the actual ban is done by iptables, or whatever action command used by fail2ban.

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playSMS 1.4 on CentOS 7.2 with MariaDB 5.5.50

Yet another playSMS 1.4 installation article, this time its on CentOS 7.2 with MariaDB 5.5.50 instead of MySQL.

Prepare VPS

I’m using DigitalOcean VPS service and install CentOS 7.2 with enough RAM and disk, I choose 512MB RAM and 20GB SSD disk.

Notes:
You can always use your own VPS or any other method to install CentOS.

Update CentOS

SSH to VPS and update CentOS:

yum update

Notes:
Updating CentOS may take sometime to finish, and if you know what you’re doing than you can just skip this step.

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playSMS 1.4 on Ubuntu 16.04 with PHP 7.0

This is the tutorial of howto install playSMS 1.4 on Ubuntu 16.04 with PHP 7.0. I’m using DigitalOcean to write this tutorial. I choose Nginx as the web server and MySQL as the database server.

There are 9 steps that you need to do correctly and in order. It seems complicated and looks like a long tutorial, but its relatively easy to follow and straightforward. Post your question in playSMS user forum should you encountered any problem following this tutorial.

In this tutorial the password is not secure and I’m logged in as root. If you know what you’re doing then you should know that you can always use any Ubuntu 16.04 server, not just on DigitalOcean. And you can always use your own secure password and use non-root login.

Let’s start.

Step 1

Login to your DigitalOcean account, create a Ubuntu 16.04 x64 droplet. In about 2 minutes you’ll have a working Ubuntu 16.04 server. Use SSH to access your server.

If you haven’t got the account, register and I think you’ll get a chance to create a free droplet.

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Install playSMS using Docker in DigitalOcean

So far I’m satisfied with what I get from docker-playsms project, in such a short time. From the project I have built the Docker image and push it to the registry so that people can use it right away. The project also intended for people who want to build the image them self, customize it, fix it, add or remove stuffs, re-package it and then push it under their own name, for their own purposes.

I might be too early to get satisfied, but I do, so be it :)

I realize that so much things can be improved, so much stuffs can be added and enhanced. But I leave that to us all, can’t do it my self for sure, for now.

Anyway.

This article is the tutorial on how to install playSMS, a Free and Open Source SMS portal or SMS gateway, using Docker in DigitalOcean. We will be using the Docker application image available on DigitalOcean and playSMS Docker image available in Docker hub.

The tutorial can be followed in about 30 minutes. Once you learnt then you can do this again faster, I’d say less than 15 minutes.

Let’ start.

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Introducing Docker for playSMS

This week I spent my time to understand more about Docker. It looks like something useful that I may use in the future, or now.

Hooking playSMS project with Docker seems reasonable, Docker will make playSMS installation easier, much faster and consistent. So I did. I setup a new Free and Open Source Software project to learn more about Docker and how it can be used to install playSMS.

Here is the playSMS Docker project:

https://github.com/antonraharja/docker-playsms

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Persistent paths for dynamic device file

This post is related to playSMS and Kannel, how to configure Kannel when you know that the device file names aren’t persistent.

Intro.

When USB GSM modem plugged to a server Linux kernel assigned dynamic device file /dev/ttyUSB*, such as /dev/ttyUSB0 or /dev/ttyUSB1. For example, USB GSM modem with 2 ports will then be assigned to /dev/ttyUSB0 for port 1 and /dev/ttyUSB1 for port 2.

Problem starts when we unplug the GSM modem and re-plug back afterwards. Linux kernel will then assign different device file to it, was /dev/ttyUSB0 now /dev/ttyUSB2 and was /dev/ttyUSB1 now /dev/ttyUSB3.

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