This guide will provide you a detailed information on how to send and receive
SMS messages for Java using a mobile phone attached to your computer or through
the Internet by connecting to an SMS service provider. Source code is also
provided to help you exploit the possibilities offered by this solution.
One of the best methods to add SMS functionality to a Java application
is to setup a configuration where you can send and receive text messages
using database server (MySql, Oracle, MSSQL, etc.). Data tables inside the
database server can be shared between your application and an SMS gateway thus
your Java application can easily send messages by simple creating and reading
To implement this method two database tables should be created inside the
database server. One will be used for storing incoming messages, the other
will be used for storing outgoing SMS messages. If the Ozeki NG SMS gateway
receives a message it will store it into a database table called
ozekimessagein. Similarly if you wish
to send an SMS from Java, you should store it in a table called ozekimessageout.
The Ozeki NG SMS gateway software will read the ozekimessageout database table
periodically and if it finds a new record in it, it will send it as an SMS
message (Figure 1). The table structure for the ozekimessagein and
ozekimessageout database tables can be found at the following links:
A similar database structure can be setup for other database servers
One of the advantages to this solution is that all of your messages will be
automatically archived and you can easily supervise which message was delivered
or processed successfully.
Figure 1 - How to send and receive SMS from Java with the help of a database
To implement this solution, you need an SMS gateway. We recommend you to
use Ozeki NG SMS Gateway because it is very reliable and efficient. You also
need Java SE Development Kit. We recommend you to use Eclipse as your development
environment, MySQL as your database server and the Java MySQL connector to be
able to attach your Java application to MySQL. Of course you can use any other
database server or developer tool.
The following simple steps will guide you through the
Step1 - Connect to mysql and create the following database
In order to start the process first you need to install
the Java SE development Kit. You find the free download link at the top
of this page. Click on the link and follow the steps.
After you are finished with the installation also install MySQL using the
link provided above. Once MySQL is installed you need to create a database
where the messages will be stored. Furthermore you also need to create two
tables for the incoming (ozekimessagein) and for the outgoing SMS messages
(ozekimessageout). Open MySQL and insert the following code.
CREATE USER 'ozekiuser'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'ozekipass';
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'ozekiuser'@'%';
Step 2 - Install and configure Ozeki NG SMS Gateway
The next step is to install the Ozeki NG SMS Gateway
on your computer. The best way to do this is to follow the
steps in the quick start guide.
After the SMS gateway has been setup and connected to the mobile network,
you have to configure the database connection in Ozeki NG. The database
connection should point to the same database you will use in your Java
application. The following webpages give you information on how
to setup database connectivity in the SMS gateway:
The next stage in the implementation process is to unpack
MySQLConnector/J and to create the project in Eclipse. To do
this, open Eclipse and create a new project (File/New). After the project has
benn created you have to add
file - which is one of MYSQL's components. If you want to use another database
server, you can use a JDBC connection or any other native Java connector to
attach your java program to the database. To implement SMS functionality a
new class needs to be created. You can create this class by copying the
following code into Eclipse:
Source code sample
Please feel free to use and modify this source code sample!
Note that you will probably change the database connection details: dbHost,
database, dbUsername, dbPassword. You will also provide a different telephone
number for sending the SMS message. The telephone number should be put into
the smsReceiver string variable. Of course the message text in should also be
changed from "Hello world..." to whatever you wish to send.