Rainforest Private SMS Numbers

With Private SMS, you can purchase and use a pool of dedicated SMS numbers and associated inboxes and insert them as variables into your tests. These are unique, static numbers that are not shared with other clients. Customers are free to use these phone numbers however they wish.

This can be helpful for a few use cases, including two-factor authentication, which may require testers to receive messages to a dedicated phone number that’s known to the customer.

How to use private SMS numbers

Please speak with our Support team if you'd like to use this feature. Once private SMS numbers are provisioned, the list of phone numbers can be accessed from Settings > Step Variables and downloaded in .csv format.

There are 2 ways to use private SMS:

  • Randomly pick a number from your account’s private pool using the {{private_sms.inbox}} variable.
  • Pick a specific number by using the variables {{private_sms.inbox()}} and {{private_sms.number()}} to access the inbox and the actual phone number. The number should be inputted in between the parentheses in the inbox () and number () fields.
  • In this case, the number can also be uploaded as a step variable via csv – for example: {{private_sms.inbox({{file.column}})}} is using a csv called “file” with a column called “column” where numbers are available.

How to enable Private SMS for my account

If you would like to learn more about Private SMS or are interested in enabling the feature for your account please chat us through the intercom support widget.

For information about the other variables we have available for testing, please check out our Step Variables Overview page. 

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