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Send SMS for free through shell using Google Calendar API
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gcsms allows you to programmatically send SMS to your number for free through Google Calendar service. You must set up a few things before using gcsms to send SMS: 1. Setup a Google account if you don't already have one - https://gmail.com 2. In Google Calendar (https://calendar.google.com), under 'Calendar Settings' -> 'Mobile Setup', enter your mobile number and verify it. 3. In API Console (https://code.google.com/apis/console), under Services, enable 'Calendar API'. 4. In API Console, under 'API Access', create a new 'Client ID for installed applications' and note down the 'Client ID' and 'Client Secret'. 5. Edit '~/.gcsms' and enter the 'Client ID' and 'Client Secret' and save - see sample.config for the format of the config file 6. Run 'python gcsms.py auth' and follow the instructions, granting calendar access to gcsms. Once you've done all the above, you can send an SMS by running: $ echo 'Hi, I was sent from bash' | python gcsms.py send Have patience. There might be 5 to 30 seconds delay between when you run the above command and when you you receive the SMS. If you require a more timely delivery, please use an SMS gateway service like twilio or tropo. gcsms creates a dedicated calendar named 'gcsms' in which it adds an event for everytime you run the 'send' command. As of now, the events remain in your calendar unless you manually delete them. If you wish to delete all the events that gcsms has created, simply delete the aforementioned calendar. gcsms will recreate the calendar if it needs to. From time to time, you might have to run 'python gcsms.py auth' to reauthenticate with Google. This is a pain but there is no way around it. Otherwise, enjoy.