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Using Command Line Script for Keywords


I am a student and am trying to get an sms service up and running for my university's radio. I am trying out a simple registration process, using the keyword "Register". I also want to trigger a file on my local machine when i encounter this keyword, so i wrote a batch file which runs the .jar file on my local machine. I am passing the message content and the sender number as arguments from frontlinesms, but its not picked up by the .jar file. When I tried to pass an argument…


Added by Mandar Manohar on December 13, 2010 at 10:33am — No Comments

Frontline user survey

I filled in the Frontline user survey today and it amounted to two things:

  • We were successful in installing Ushahidi on our own web host, though the web host blocks port 993, making automatic downloads of email impossible; And
  • We still haven't been able to get around the limited list of mobile devices that FontlineSMS works with. Not a single Nokia device on Frontline's list is available in my country. So? So I'm doing everything by hand: all emails are cut and pasted…

Added by Raymond Broersma on December 6, 2010 at 7:33am — No Comments

By the way, it's the insects

I neglected to mention that we concentrate on conservation and management by monitoring the insects. I think I took it so for granted that I didn't think to mention it, but it's not an ordinary line of attack for conservationists.

Added by Raymond Broersma on November 14, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Getting started

I'm giving us a year to start using frontline in combination with crowdmap to monitor what we're calling "guide species" in the Netherlands to promote conservation and nature management. I'm convinced there's a difference between existing species databases and the potential of frontline and crowdmap to monitor crucial "guide species." We're asking our users to be slightly more intelligent than usual in the field, but allowing them to respond much more quickly. And we intend to respond (relay… Continue

Added by Raymond Broersma on November 14, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Child Health, SMS and Facts For Life Global

You out there needing content for SMS on child health. Here's a good reosurce. ; I have worked on turning these messages into ones actionable by children and young people. Have written 100 messages and working on a 'top ten'. Get in touch if this is of interest.

Added by Clare Hanbury on October 27, 2010 at 6:06am — No Comments

Frontline sms doesn't work well with Khmer script.

Thank frontline sms that enable us to contribute more to the development

of poor country. My team and i are planning to use frontline sms to

distribute market price information to remote community which enable them

to sale their crop and product for a reasonable price to middle man. The

people who live in the remote area in Cambodia can read and write only

Khmer language. We are really excited to see the frontline sms support

Khmer script. We could not wait to try it.… Continue

Added by sokhem hun on October 25, 2010 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

How to Help Victims In Pre And Post Election period ( Victims of violence and Injustices

We need to realise that in crisis situtation

Added by nkululeko Dube on September 23, 2010 at 1:49pm — No Comments


HI memebers am new to FLSMS. i got it working well just curious to know the maximum number of sms to be using the huawei 3G modem and its working pretty good.will an influx of sms reduce the response time in auto replies? and after exporting the sms (es) can you import them backn thirdly can one export group contacts to excel and reimport them ? please help

Added by AMWATAH PAUL on September 7, 2010 at 5:15pm — 3 Comments

17, September, 2010: Building a FrontlineSMS Based Domestic Violence Reporting System Presentation

Hello Everyone,

Didn't want to clutter up the forums with this but wanted to let you all know I'll be presenting a short online talk called "Building a FrontlineSMS Based Domestic Violence Reporting System" on 17, September, 2010 at 16:00 ET online.

The talk won't go in-depth as to HOW to build such a system and requires no technical knowledge at all. We'll discuss approaches, considerations, and the componants needed to build the system. Total…

Added by Anthony Papillion on September 5, 2010 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Update on a public release of the FamilyFIRST domestic violence sytem

About a year ago, I developed a system around FrontlineSMS called FamilyFIRST. FamilyFIRST was developed to allow domestic violence agencies to provide better services to victims by allowing them to report incidents silently via a simple SMS message. It also allowed victims in crisis to immediately summon the police or make contact with a crisis intervention worker without the need to actually make a phone call.

Since the implementation of the system, I've gotten a lot of…

Added by Anthony Papillion on August 27, 2010 at 4:47am — 6 Comments

GSM modem for Haiti & USA?

Hi all, hello from a new member!

Anyone have recommendations for a tried-and-tested (yet still commercially available!) GSM modem that'll work in both Haiti (deployment site) and the United States (demo & development site)?

Ease of setup is not so much a concern as is robustness. We have reasonably deep technical capacity.

It's for a system where we'll be collecting basic information from the field (kind of like…

Added by David Holstius on August 11, 2010 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

FrontLine SMS Source code

Where can i get frontline sms source code

Added by Amaefula Chukwuebuka on July 30, 2010 at 6:08am — 1 Comment


Please how can i connect configure frontline sms to use mysql database. Help

Added by Amaefula Chukwuebuka on July 30, 2010 at 6:07am — 3 Comments


Hello Everybody,

I have been testing Frontline SMS for the past weeks and everything seem to work fine. Today, when I started to open the application in Windows7, this message appears.

This goes to…


Added by Rafael Oclarit on July 26, 2010 at 3:54am — 3 Comments

Integrating FrontlineSMS and Sahana

Hi everyone!
I have a project in our school and it involves integrating FrontlineSMS and Sahana.
Can I have any ideas or insights on what feature would I do.
Just any suggestion would help me.

Added by Elson James on July 8, 2010 at 9:13pm — 2 Comments

Trouble with source Code

I am a student of B V Bhoomaraddi college , India.

I am getting the following error when i run the project in Netbeans 6.8 IDE.

Please let me out of this...

Thank you

class java.lang.IllegalStateException :: Could not load build properties!

at net.frontlinesms.BuildProperties.getInstance(

at net.frontlinesms.DesktopLauncher.main(

Caused by: class java.lang.NullPointerException :: The supplied input stream… Continue

Added by praveen KP on July 1, 2010 at 3:45am — 1 Comment

Technical Assistance Needed - Frontline Hanging

I’m with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Malawi. We’re piloting Frontline SMS at 4 rural health centers to follow up patients when they miss appointments and to notify them when to return for test results.

One of the laptops keeps hanging while using Frontline. The last three times it hung we were saving a contact, sending a sms, and displaying the configuration location. There doesn't seem to be a pattern. I…


Added by Jill Claus on June 24, 2010 at 3:08am — 1 Comment

Improving automation of FL on Ubuntu Linux

Hi all,

First I would like to thank all FL developers and community for this nice tool and all the resources available on this blog.

I noticed how it was usefull to automate the launching of FL at startup of the system. Indeed, here in Niger, blackouts shut often the system down.

I installed last version on FL (1.6.12) on a Ubuntu 10.4 with a Nokia 3220 and a USB cable CA-42.

  • Finding the right "port" of the modem…

Added by Pierre-Louis Mercereau on June 17, 2010 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Frontline Sms Integrates to Medical Record System

Hi Every Body

i m using frontline sms in my project named (sate motherhood program).For appointment and registration in medical record system.for this i m using frontline sms forms.but my requirement is this when ever a form recieves in frontline sms the data directly goes…

Added by Dodo on June 16, 2010 at 2:56am — No Comments

Error In Sending Form in FrontlineSMS 1.6.08-RC3


i m using frontline sms version FrontlineSMS 1.6.08-RC3

in my project SMP (safe mother hood system). i have to send form in my mobile fone but when i send form. the frontline sms encounter the error given bellow

class java.lang.NullPointerException :: null


Added by Dodo on June 10, 2010 at 9:04am — No Comments

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