How to Delete an SMS in Java

The most simple way to send SMS from Java is to use the built in HTTP/Rest SMS api of Ozeki SMS Gateway. When you use this API, you will send SMS messages by issuing a HTTP Post request to the SMS gateway. The HTTP Post request will contain a message formatted in json format. The SMS gateway will send this SMS to the recipient phone, and it will return a HTTP 200 OK response to your request.

how to delete a sms from java
Figure 1 - How to delete a SMS from Java

Java code to send sms to mobile

The Java sms code sample below demonstrates how you can delete SMS using the http rest sms api of Ozeki SMS Gateawy using the Java Ozeki.Libs.Rest library. This library is provided to you free of charge, and you may use it and modify it in any of your projects.
import Ozeki.Libs.Rest.*;

public class Main {

    public static void main(String[] args) {

        var configuration = new Configuration();
        configuration.Username = "http_user";
        configuration.Password = "qwe123";
        configuration.ApiURL = "";

        var msg = new Message();
        msg.ID = "73538ac0-f27c-4eaf-ba4c-6193aebe477c";

        var api = new MessageApi(configuration);
        var result = api.Delete(Folder.Inbox, msg);

How to use the Java sms example:

You can use the Message class to create the SMS and you can use the MessageApi class to send the request to delete SMS from the Inbox folder.


The source code explained in this article can be downloaded and used and modified free of charge.
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What is in the file?

The file contains the Ozeki library, which gives you all the tools neccessary to send, receive, and delete SMS messages. You will also find a file in the project, which contains the example code to show you how to send an SMS. This example code is listed below.

Figure 2 - directory

How to delete SMS from Java (Quick steps)

To delete sms from Java:

  1. Install Ozeki SMS Gateway
  2. Connect Ozeki SMS Gateway to the mobile network
  3. Send a test sms from Ozeki GUI
  4. Create a HTTP sms api user
  5. Apache NetBeans
  6. Create a project called DeleteSms
  7. Put the code into a newly created file or use the file in the .zip
  8. Create the SMS by creating a new Message object
  9. In the Message object specify the ID attribute
  10. Create an api to delete your message
  11. Use the Delete method to Delete your message
  12. Read the response message on the console
  13. Check the logs in the SMS gateway

Install Ozeki SMS Gateway and create an HTTP API user

To be able to send, receive and delete SMS from Java, first you need to install Ozeki SMS Gateway. The SMS gateway can be installed on the same computer, where you develop your Java code in Apache NetBeans. After installation, the next step is to connect Ozeki SMS Gateway to the mobile network. You can send a test sms from the Ozeki GUI to verify, that your mobile network connection works. The final step to prepare your environment is to create a HTTP sms api user. Create a user with a username of "http_user", and with a password of "qwe123" to make the example work without modification.

After the environment is setup, you can run your Java code.

HTTP API url to use send sms from Java

To send SMS from Java, your Java will will have to issue an HTTP request to the SMS gateway. The API url is shown below. Note that the IP address ( should be replaced to the IP address of your SMS gateway. If Ozeki SMS Gateway is installed on the same computer where the Java sms application is running, this can be If it is installed on a different computer it should be the IP address of that computer.

HTTP authentication to use delete sms from Java

To authenticate the Java sms client, you need to send the username and password in a base64 encoded string to the server in a HTTP request. The format used is: base64(username+":"+password). In Java you can use the following code to do this encoding:

var usernamePassword = username + ":" + password;
var encodedUsernamePassword = usernamePassword.getBytes();
return "Basic " + Base64.getEncoder().encodeToString(encodedUsernamePassword);

For example if you encode the username 'http_user' and the password 'qwe123', you will get the following base64 encoded string: aHR0cF91c2VyOnF3ZTEyMw==. To send

HTTP request header to delete SMS from Java

To delete SMS message, you need to include the following lines as headers in the HTTP request. Note that we include a content type and an Authorization header.

Content-Type: application/json
Authorization: Basic QWxhZGRpbjpvcGVuIHNlc2FtZQ==

HTTP request delete SMS from Java

To delete the SMS, your Java application will send an HTTP request similar to the one below. Note, that this requst contains a HTTP header part and a http body part. The HTTP body is a JSON encoded data string. It contains the recipient number and the messages text.

POST /api?action=deletemsg HTTP/1.1
Connection: Upgrade, HTTP2-Settings
Upgrade: h2c
Content-Length: 73
Content-Type: application/json
Accept: application/json
Authorization: Basic aHR0cF91c2VyOnF3ZTEyMw==
User-Agent: Java-http-client/15.0.3
	"folder":	"inbox",

HTTP response received by the Java sms example

Once the SMS gateway receives this request, it will generate a HTTP response. The HTTP response will contain a status code, to indicate whether the SMS submit request was successful or not. It will also return a JSON encoded structure to provide you useful details about the messages submission.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
User-Agent: OZEKI 10.3.116 (
Content-Type: application/json; charset=utf8
Last-Modified: Thu, 10 Jun 2021 09:53:10 GMT
Server: 10/10.3.116
Transfer-Encoding: chunked 
    "http_code": 200,
    "response_code": "SUCCESS",
    "response_msg": "",
    "data": {
      "folder": "inbox",
      "message_ids": [

How to send SMS from Java using the Java sms api (Video tutorial)

This video shows you how to create a new project in Apache NetBeans, how to name it to DeleteSMS. Once the solution is created, you might notice that a there is a folder called <default package> in your project inside the Source Packages folder. This is where you will create or paste the file. Then you have to paste the Ozeki folder into the Source packages folder and this is all the preparations you need to delete a SMS using Java.

Video 1 - How to download Ozeki.Libs.Rest and set up your project

Java delete sms example:

Figure3 - DeleteSms project

How to check that the SMS has been accepted by the HTTP user

After the SMS has been submitted, it is a good idea to check your SMS gateway, to see what it has received. You can check the log by opening the HTTP user's details from the Ozeki SMS Gateway managment console. The following video shows you what to look for.

Video 2 - Deleting a SMS with the Java code above


This article showed the steps of SMS deleting in Java with Ozeki SMS Gateway. Removing text messages from your inbox frequently is important if you want to balance your storage and delete unwanted messages. By doing these steps, SMS deleting should be fast and simple. Ozeki SMS Gateway allows to manage SMS costs and to keep track of SMS traffic, so the supervision of the SMS connection can be done easily.

Continue the reading on Ozeki's tutorial page, where you can find information about similar topics, like SMS receiving and scheduling in Java.

The only thing to do now is to download Ozeki SMS Gateway and let the work begin!

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