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Short Message Service:Get started with Alibaba Cloud SMS

Last Updated:Jan 22, 2024

Alibaba Cloud Short Message Service (SMS) is a messaging service that allows you to send messages to recipients in more than 200 countries and regions. You can perform these operations by using the Alibaba Cloud SMS console or APIs. This topic provides an introduction to SMS and includes valuable resources such as billing information, quick start guides, access to the SMS console, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Service introduction

Billing methods

Alibaba Cloud SMS supports the subscription billing method and resource packages. Select an optimal billing method based on your needs. For more information, see Pricing.

Test messages

If you have not published your application or service, you can use the Alibaba Cloud SMS console to send test messages. For more information, see Send a test message.

Video tutorial: Send test messages.

Quick start guides

For information about how to use the Alibaba Cloud SMS service, see Use the Alibaba Cloud SMS console and Use the Alibaba Cloud SMS API or SDKs.

Send messages to recipients outside the Chinese mainland


Send messages to recipients in the Chinese mainland



The Alibaba Cloud SMS console allows you to create messages, send messages, and view message statistics, including the messaging records and the number of sent messages. You can also configure alert contacts and the method of receiving receipts. For more information, see Console Guide


Alibaba Cloud SMS API allows you to send messages, query the status of messages, or configure callback response. For more information, see List of operations by function.

You can call SMS operations based on the method that best suits your business requirements. Alibaba Cloud SMS supports the following methods:

  • OpenAPI Explorer

    This method is suitable for users who are comfortable with interactive interfaces or developers who use Alibaba Cloud services for the first time. You can debug API operations and obtain SDK sample requests in OpenAPI Explorer.

  • SMS SDKs

    Alibaba Cloud SMS provides official SDKs for a variety of programming languages, including Java, Go, C#.Net, PHP, Node.js, TypeScript, and Python. With these SDKs at your disposal, you can quickly and easily add messaging functionality to your application.


For information about the FAQs of Alibaba Cloud SMS, see FAQ.