How to send an SMS in Node.js via SMS Exchange (SMPP)


In this tutorial we will send an SMS in Node.js via SMS Exchange using SMPP Protocol.

SMPP (Short Message Peer-to-Peer) is a protocol used by the telecommunications industry. It exchanges SMS messages between (SMSC) and ESME. SMSC acts as middleman to store the message and route it. ESME is the system that delivers SMS to SMSC.

This tutorial will help you to send SMS messages using TelecomsXChange SMPP Gateway.

Step 1: Create SMPP Session

In beginning, we need to create a new smpp session with IP address and port.

const smpp = require('smpp');
const session = new smpp.Session({host: '', port: 2775});

Step 2: Bind Transceiver

As soon as it connects we will bind it on connect event:

let isConnected = false
session.on('connect', () => {
  isConnected = true;

      system_id: 'USER_NAME',
      password: 'USER_PASSWORD',
      interface_version: 1,
      system_type: '380666000600',
      address_range: '+380666000600',
      addr_ton: 1,
      addr_npi: 1,
  }, (pdu) => {
    if (pdu.command_status == 0) {
        console.log('Successfully bound')

session.on('close', () => {
  console.log('smpp is now disconnected') 

  if (isConnected) {        
    session.connect();    //reconnect again
session.on('error', error => { 
console.log('smpp error', error)   
  isConnected = false;

Step 3: Send SMS

So now we are connected, let’s send the SMS:

function sendSMS(from, to, text) {
   from = `+${from}`  
// this is very important so make sure you have included + sign before ISD code to send sms
   to = `${to}`
      source_addr:      from,
      destination_addr: to,
      short_message:    text
  }, function(pdu) {
if (pdu.command_status == 0) {
// Message successfully sent

Now after sending the SMS, SMSC will send the delivery report that the message has been delivered.

We will attach a pdu event on session. After receiving the delivery report we need to acknowledge to SMSC that we have received the delivery report. Otherwise, SMSC will send that report again.

session.on(‘pdu’, function (pdu) {

if (pdu.command == ‘deliver_sm‘) {

const sms = {
from: null,
to: null,
message: null

sms.from = pdu.source_addr.toString(); = pdu.destination_addr.toString();

if (pdu.message_payload) {
sms.message = pdu.message_payload.message;


sequence_number: pdu.sequence_number



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