MessageBird

MessageBird is a cloud service that enables integration of various means of communication, such as calls, SMS, email, or two-factor authentication.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to set up a process with calling a MessageBird API to send SMS and then check the delivery status of your SMS.

Before setting up the process, we recommend that you read and understand MessageBird documentation available at https://developers.messagebird.com/#messaging-send

Before we start, let us register at the MessageBird service to get API keys to be able to send test SMS for free.

How to get an API key

  1. For registration, go to https://dashboard.messagebird.com/en/sign-up/, fill out the form as follows and click the Sign up with email button.

    img

    If the registration is successful, you will see the form with an offer to select between the REST APIs and Dashboard solutions.

    1.1. Select REST APIs

    img

    1.2. Select SMS APIs to use the API for sending SMS

    img

    1.3. To complete your registration, request authorization at the site using your mobile phone number

    img

    1.4. After successful authorization by the mobile phone number, you will see the window with a request for SMS sending. If you select a Show Live API Key checkbox, you will see a key to call the MessageBird API.

    img

    Now we need to set up the process in Corezoid for sending SMS and receiving an SMS delivery status via the MessageBird API.

SMS sending

  1. For convenient work with your projects, create a folder named MessageBird

    img

  2. Go to the MessageBird folder and create a Send & check SMS process which will send SMS and check their delivery status.

    img

  3. In the created process, add an API Call node which will call the MessageBird API for sending SMS to a mobile phone number.

    img

    3.1. After you have added the API Call node, click it and fill in the API URL field:

     https://rest.messagebird.com/messages
     Request format: Default
     Request method: POST
     Content-Type: Application/X-Www-Form-Urlencoded

    Add the following in the Parameters section:

     {
         "originator": "{{originator}}",
         "recipients": "{{recipients}}",
         "body": "{{text}}"
     }

    where :

    • originator is the sender’s mobile phone number (you may enter your number for the test)
    • recipients are the recipients’ phone numbers
    • body is the text of SMS img

      3.2. In the Additionally section, set a checkbox opposite Header parameters

      3.3. For authorization using the key from step 1.4 from How to get an API key chapter , add the following:

      {
        "Authorization": "AccessKey {{key}}"
      }

      img

      3.4. In order to ensure that the parameters are filled in automatically each time when you manually create a request for SMS sending, click the Task parameters icon. img

      3.5. In the appeared window, add 3 parameters: key, recipients, text. img You have set up an API Call process (step 3 of this section) and it is now ready for sending SMS.

  1. To send SMS, go to the View mode in the Send & check SMS process

    4.1. Click the New task button

    4.2. In the Task window, fill in the fields as specified below and click the Add task:

    • key: key you got at step 1.4. from How to get an API key chapter
    • recipients: your mobile phone number
    • text: text of SMS

      If the API call is successful, your request will be in the Final node. When you click it, you can look through the contents of the request that has href as one of its parameters. This parameter indicates the URL of the service to check the delivery status of your SMS.

Checking SMS delivery status

  1. To check on the delivery status of your SMS, you need to attach one more API Call node; but since it takes a few seconds to deliver a message, add a Delay node with a minimal waiting time of 30 seconds before the call.

    img

  2. Next to the Delay node, add an API Call node named Check status which will call MessageBird API for checking an SMS delivery status.

    2.1. Click the API Call node and enter the {{href}} variable in the API URL field

    2.2. Set the following values in the API URL section settings:

     Request format: Default
     Request method: GET
     Content-Type: Application/Json

    img

    2.3. In the Additionally section, set a checkbox opposite Header parameters and add the following:

     {
         "Authorization": "AccessKey {{key}}"
     }
    1. To check the Check status logic, create another request.

    3.1. Go to the View mode

    3.2. Click the New task button

    3.3. In the Task window, fill in the fields as specified below and click Add task:

    • key: key you got at step 2 from How to get an API key chapter
    • recipients: your mobile phone number
    • text: text of SMS

      3.4. Click the Final node to see the contents of your request with a reply about the delivery status in the status parameter.

      img

      Your process is ready for making API calls to send SMS and check the delivery status of your SMS. Let us now make this process unified so that it can be reused within other business processes. To do this, we need to use a Reply to Process node that will return a result of MessageBird API call to the calling process.

How to create the unified process

  1. In the unified process, add the Reply to Process logic before each final node to inform you about success or failure to perform the process.

    Let us start with error processing. Add the Reply to Process node between the Condition node for processing errors from an API call and the final node where all failed API calls are forwarded. An example is shown in the screenshot below:

    img

    1.1. Click the Reply to Process node and set a checkbox opposite Throw exception

    1.2. In the appeared field, enter the following error text: SMS was not sent via API.

    1.3. The error text from the MessageBird API will be in the first object of the errors array which we receive from the MessageBird API, therefore add the transfer of the parameter containing error information in the Parameters section using the following format:

     {
         "error": "{{errors[0]}}"
     }

    img

    Now, if you call this process from another process via the Call Process node and the MessageBird API returns an error response, the calling process will receive a reply containing the “SMS was not sent via API” error text and explanation of the error from API.

  2. To inform you about errors of the API Call Check status node, add the Reply to Process node between the Condition and Final nodes.

    2.1. Click the Reply to Process node and set a checkbox opposite Throw exception

    2.2. In the appeared field, enter the following error text: API error of checking delivery status

    img

  3. Add the Reply to Process node named Return delivery status before the final node that receives a request with information about an SMS delivery status.

    If the SMS delivery status check is successful, you will get an object in the Final node that will look as follows:

     {
         "body": " ",
         "createdDatetime": "2019-07-25T20:39:57+00:00",
         "datacoding": "plain",
         "direction": "mt",
         "gateway": 10,
         "href": "https://rest.messagebird.com/messages/72fd97fa48e7444b946b7972c0b8d6f1",
         "id": "72fd97fa48e7444b946b7972c0b8d6f1",
         "key": "***",
         "mclass": 1,
         "originator": "+380xxxxxxxxx",
         "recipients": {
             "totalCount": 1,
             "totalSentCount": 1,
             "totalDeliveredCount": 1,
             "totalDeliveryFailedCount": 0,
             "items": [
                 {
                     "recipient": 380xxxxxxxxx,
                     "originator": null,
                     "status": "delivered",
                     "statusDatetime": "2019-07-25T20:40:00+00:00",
                     "messagePartCount": 1
                 }
             ]
         },
         "reference": null,
         "scheduledDatetime": null,
         "text": "test sms",
         "type": "sms",
         "typeDetails": {
    
         },
         "validity": null

    As can be seen from the reply, an ID massage is transferred in the id parameter. The delivery status text is in the status parameter of the items array zero object which is wrapped with the recipients object.

    3.1. To transfer the ID message and its status, add parameters with delivery status information in the Parameters section:

     {
         "idMessage": "{{id}}",
         "status": "{{recipients.items[0].status}}"
     }

    img

    Interaction of nodes within the created Send & check SMS process is illustrated in the figure below.

    img

    3.2. To test the performance of the entire process, repeat step 3.6 from SMS sending If the API call is successful, your request will be in the Final node.

    3.3. Click the Final node to look through the contents of your request with information about SMS sending and its delivery status.

Congratulations! You have learned how to create a unified process for sending SMS and checking the delivery status of your SMS via MessageBird API.

results matching ""

    No results matching ""

    Would you recommend to your colleagues Corezoid.com documentation for learning?
    Please enter your email to feedback
    Thank you!