SMS Python Quick Start

Last updated: 2020-02-29 Contributors Byrne Reese

Welcome to the RingCentral Platform. RingCentral is the leading unified communications platform. From one system developers can integrate with, or build products around all the ways people communicate today: SMS, voice, fax, chat and meetings.

In this Quick Start, we are going to help you send your first SMS on the platform in just a few minutes. Let's get started.

Create App and Get Credentials

The first thing we need to do is create an app in the RingCentral Developer Portal. This can be done quickly by clicking the "Create SMS App" button below. Just click the button, enter a name and description if you choose, and click the "Create" button. If you do not yet have a RingCentral account, you will be prompted to create one.

Create SMS App

  1. Login or create an account if you have not done so already.
  2. Go to Console/Apps and click 'Create App' button.
  3. Select "Office Integration App" under "What type of app are you creating?"
  4. Select "Other Non-UI" under "Where will you be calling the API from?"
  5. Select "Only members of my organization/company" under "Who will be authorized to access your app?"
  6. On the second page of the create app wizard, enter your app's name and description. Then select the following permissions:
    • SMS
  7. We are using Password Flow authentication, so leave "OAuth Redirect URI" blank.

When you are done, you will be taken to the app's dashboard. Make note of the Client ID and Client Secret. We will be using those momentarily.

Send an SMS

Install RingCentral Python SDK

$ pip install ringcentral

Create and Edit sms.py

Create a file called sms.py. Be sure to edit the variables in ALL CAPS with your app and user credentials. Be sure to also set the recipient's phone number.

from ringcentral import SDK

RECIPIENT = '<ENTER PHONE NUMBER>'

RINGCENTRAL_CLIENTID = '<ENTER CLIENT ID>'
RINGCENTRAL_CLIENTSECRET = '<ENTER CLIENT SECRET>'
RINGCENTRAL_SERVER = 'https://platform.devtest.ringcentral.com'

RINGCENTRAL_USERNAME = '<YOUR ACCOUNT PHONE NUMBER>'
RINGCENTRAL_PASSWORD = '<YOUR ACCOUNT PASSWORD>'
RINGCENTRAL_EXTENSION = '<YOUR EXTENSION, PROBABLY "101">'

rcsdk = SDK( RINGCENTRAL_CLIENTID, RINGCENTRAL_CLIENTSECRET, RINGCENTRAL_SERVER)
platform = rcsdk.platform()
platform.login(RINGCENTRAL_USERNAME, RINGCENTRAL_EXTENSION, RINGCENTRAL_PASSWORD)

platform.post('/restapi/v1.0/account/~/extension/~/sms',
              {
                  'from' : { 'phoneNumber': RINGCENTRAL_USERNAME },
                  'to'   : [ {'phoneNumber': RECIPIENT} ],
                  'text' : 'Hello World from Python'
              })

Run Your Code

You are almost done. Now run your script.

$ python sms.py

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What's Next?

When you have successfully made your first API call, it is time to take your next step towards building a more robust RingCentral application.

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