All messages APIs have been deprecated since Tizen 8.0 and will be removed after two releases without any alternatives.

You can access the device messaging capabilities, including sending SMS and MMS messages.

The main messaging features include:

The sent status of the SMS and MMS messages can be checked asynchronously. You receive a separate status report for each SMS recipient, and one status report for each MMS message regardless of the number of recipients.


To enable your application to use the messaging functionality:

  1. To use the Messages API (in mobile and wearable applications), the application has to request permission by adding the following privileges to the tizen-manifest.xml file:

  2. To use the functions and data types of the Messages API, include the <messages.h> header file in your application:

    #include <messages.h>
  3. The Messages service works like a client-service architecture. In this architecture, a Tizen application is the client side and has to connect to the service before using the Messages API.

    Establish a connection using the messages_open_service() function:

    static messages_service_h service_handle = NULL;
    int error_code;
    error_code = messages_open_service(&service_handle);
    if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
        /* Error handling */
  4. When a connection with the Messages service is no longer needed (or the application is exiting), call the messages_close_service() function for proper connection closing:

    service_handle = NULL;

Fetching Messages from a Specified Message Box

To fetch messages from a message box, use the messages_foreach_message() function with the appropriate parameters. One of these parameters is the callback function called for each message matching the search criteria.

To fetch messages:

  1. Define the message search callback function.

    1. Within the callback, to print the message content (or to show it to the user in any other way), extract the message text, address, and type:

      char *message = NULL;
      char *address = NULL;
      messages_recipient_type_e rtype;
      int error_code = MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE;
      error_code = messages_get_text(msg, &message);
      if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
          dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to get message content");
      error_code = messages_get_address(msg, 0, &address, &rtype);
      if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
          dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to get recipient address");
      messages_message_type_e mtype = MESSAGES_TYPE_UNKNOWN;
      messages_get_message_type(msg, &mtype);
    2. For MMS messages, the subject and attachments attributes exist and can be extracted from the found message:

      if (MESSAGES_TYPE_MMS == mtype) {
          char *subject = NULL;
          error_code = messages_mms_get_subject(msg, &subject);
          if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
              dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to get MMS subject");
          int atcount = 0;
          messages_mms_get_attachment_count(msg, &atcount);
    3. The memory allocated for the message given to the callback function and for all string variables extracted from the message has to be explicitly released before leaving the applicable visibility scope:

  2. Perform the search.

    Call the messages_foreach_message() function to retrieve all existing messages stored in different mailboxes. With the function parameters, you can limit the search results to a subset of all available messages based on:

    • Message box type (inbox, outbox, sent items, drafts, or all of them)
    • Message type (such as SMS or MMS)
    • Keyword (for search by text or subject)
    • Address (message recipient address)

    The following example shows a simple search for all SMS messages in all message boxes with a callback function named message_search_callback().

    int error_code;
    error_code = messages_open_service(&service_handle);
    if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to open connection");
    error_code = messages_foreach_message(service_handle, MESSAGES_MBOX_ALL,
                                          MESSAGES_TYPE_SMS, NULL, NULL, 0, 0,
                                          messages_search_callback, NULL);
    if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Messages searching failed");

Sending SMS or MMS Messages

You can send SMS (Short Message Service) messages and MMS (Multimedia Message Service) messages with attachments (image or video files).

To send a message:

  1. Create a message.

    To create an SMS or an MMS message, use the messages_create_message() function. Specify the message type (MESSAGES_TYPE_SMS or MESSAGES_TYPE_MMS) when creating the message. The following example creates an SMS message.

    int error_code;
    messages_message_h msg_hndl = NULL;
    /* Create an SMS message handle */
    error_code = messages_create_message(MESSAGES_TYPE_SMS, &msg_hndl);
    if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to create message");
  2. Define the recipients and message body.

    Functions for setting the recipient address and the message body (the message text) are the same for SMS and MMS.

    error_code = messages_add_address(msg_hndl, "123456789", MESSAGES_RECIPIENT_TO);
    if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to add recipient address");
    error_code = messages_set_text(msg_hndl, __PRETTY_FUNCTION__);
    if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
        dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to set message text");
  3. Set a subject and add an attachment for an MMS message (note that MMS sending is not supported on the emulator).

    • Set a message subject:

      error_code = messages_mms_set_subject(msg_hndl, "MMS test");
      if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
          dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to set MMS subject");
    • Add attachments with their absolute path in the device file system. When adding the attachment, give the attachment type. Possible attachment types are image, audio, and video.

      error_code = messages_mms_add_attachment(g_message, MESSAGES_MEDIA_IMAGE,
      if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
          dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to add attachment to MMS");
  4. Send the message.

    1. Define a callback for the messages_send_message() function. You can use the callback to let the messaging service inform you about the message sending status. Use the first parameter to determine whether the sending succeeded:

      static void
      sent_msg_cb(messages_sending_result_e result, void *user_data)
          if (MESSAGES_SENDING_SUCCEEDED == result)
              dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Message sending succeeded");
              dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Message sending failed");
    2. If the connection to the messaging service is open (you have the service_handle handle) and the message itself (msg_hndl) is successfully created, send the message using the messages_send_message() function:

      error_code = messages_send_message(service_handle, msg_hndl, true,
                                         sent_msg_cb, NULL);
      if (error_code != MESSAGES_ERROR_NONE)
          dlog_print(DLOG_DEBUG, LOG_TAG, "Failed to send message");
  • Dependencies
    • Tizen 2.4 and Higher for Mobile
    • Tizen 2.3.1 and Higher for Wearable