Fire a trigger when receiving SMS

The MessageBird IFTTT Channel enables you to connect our messaging services to hundreds of other applications and programs. You’ll be able to receive notifications and alerts via SMS, Chat or Voice, or use messages to trigger actions within any app or program featured on IFTTT.


This article will take you through the steps to set up SMS trigger messages through our IFTTT Channel. In order to create an IFTTT Applet that uses SMS messages from your MessageBird VMN to trigger a corresponding action, you’ll need to do the following:


  1. Log in to IFTTT (Or create an IFTTT account if you haven’t already).


  1. Head over to My Applets, which you’ll find near the top center of your page.


  1. Press the ‘New Applet’ button on the left.


  1. Press the ‘this’ link within the “if this then that” text.


  1. Search for and select MessageBird in the service list.


  1. Choose the ‘Incoming SMS’ trigger.


  1. Fill in your MessageBird VMN.

  1. Enter your MessageBird API token. You can find this token by logging in to the dashboard, and then visiting the API menu on the left. From there, select the ‘API ACCESS’ tab. Click the ‘COPY’ button to copy your REST API key to the clipboard so you can easily paste it later.

(If you don’t have a REST API key, you can create one with the ‘Add access key’ button on the right of the screen.)


  1. Hit ‘Create trigger’.


  1. Press the ‘that’ link within the “if this then that” text.


  1. Choose the service or action you’d like to use from the list below. (An action could be anything from sending an email to setting your thermostat to 20 degrees.)


  1. Press Save.


  1. Name your new Applet and hit Finish!


And that’s it! Now, every time your VMN receives the message you specified, the action that you’ve chosen will be triggered.