Install playSMS 1.4.3 on Ubuntu 18.04

Installation manual for playSMS version 1.4.3 on Ubuntu 18.04 is available from this blog.

Feel free to join the Forum and discuss it.

Again, timezone setup

This is the article of an example of how to fix timezone issue with playSMS.

This is my server’s time, its in UTC:

$ date
Wed Aug 1 03:22:21 UTC 2018

And then I check where is my php.ini, both for php-cli and php-fpm (I’m using Nginx with php-fpm):

$ php -i | grep php.ini
Configuration File (php.ini) Path => /etc/php/7.0/cli
Loaded Configuration File => /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini

I looked for date.timezone option on php.ini, edit it and set the option to my timezone Asia/Jakarta, its UTC+7. When done it will be like this:

$ cat /etc/php/7.0/cli/php.ini | grep date.timezone
date.timezone = Asia/Jakarta

I also set it in php-fpm php.ini, not just php-cli php.ini:

$ cat /etc/php/7.0/fpm/php.ini | grep date.timezone
date.timezone = Asia/Jakarta

Please note you need to restart php-fpm when you changed php-fpm php.ini.

In playSMS I set my default timezone to +0700 (its UTC+7):

Restart playsmsd and do some test, for example send an SMS with a schedule.

As a reference please read this:

playSMS 1.4.2 on Ubuntu 18.04


This article is old. Please use playSMS version 1.4.3 instead. Previous version of playSMS contains security vulnerabilities and have been fixed in 1.4.3.

Same method described in this article can still be used to install playSMS 1.4.3, you just need to change 1.4.2 to 1.4.3.

This howto will show you how to install playSMS 1.4.2 on Ubuntu 18.04, the latest version as of today. By using Ubuntu 18.04 as base distribution you can test whether or not playSMS 1.4.2 work properly with PHP 7.2 and MySQL 5.7.

Let’s Start

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Quick FAQ:

Q: Can I install on different server other than DigitalOcean ?
A: Yes of course, you need Internet and preferably CLI root access

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playSMS in Windows with Gammu

Are you still interested in using playSMS in Windows ?

Well, someone has wrote the manual for you in playSMS Forum. The manual is about installing playSMS in Microsoft Windows with Gammu for Windows as the gateway.

Check it out:

Please note that the playSMS in used was pretty old, version or 0.9.8, and unfortunately the manual won’t work for playSMS 1.0.


Example use of SMS Command for Mikrotik

When you have working playSMS with Kannel, and Mikrotik configured to do something (not related to SMS), you can integrate them to serve something to your users. In the article below the author mentioned that the goals are:

  1. To renew expired users via sending Username and SCRATCH CODE to playSMS (Ubuntu Server)
  2. To renew expired users via sending SCRATCH CODE & verify the code with the user profile [later]

Users will be asked to send SMS to playSMS, and playSMS will handle it on its SMS Command to run a script that verify the SMS and commands Mikrotik to do something.

Visit complete article here: