The registration app provides a nice interface for creating, updating, and deleting RapidSMS contacts, both on the web and via SMS messages. It is deliberately minimal, and outside of the core, so other apps can extend or replace it where necessary.


1. registration depends on handlers, so first install handlers by adding "rapidsms.contrib.handers" to INSTALLED_APPS in your settings file:


2. Add "rapidsms.contrib.registration" to INSTALLED_APPS in your settings file:

  1. Add URLs for registration to your urlconf:
urlpatterns = ("",
    (r"^registration/", include("rapidsms.contrib.urls")),
  1. Add registration‘s handlers to RAPIDSMS_HANDLERS:
  1. (Optional) add registration link to the nav bar:
{% load url from future %}
<li><a href="{% url 'registration' %}">Registration</a></li>


The registration app provides both web and SMS interfaces.


At the left of each page is a set of links:

  • List Contacts
  • Add Contact
  • Bulk Add Contacts

List Contacts is the front page. It displays a table with the contacts. You can click on a contact row to edit that contact. You can edit the contact’s name, language, etc., and also edit their connections near the bottom. A blank connection form is at the bottom; add a new connection by filling in the blank form’s Backend and Identity fields and saving. Each existing connection has a Delete checkbox; delete a connection by checking its checkbox and saving. You can delete a contact by clicking the Delete Contact button at the bottom.

Add Contact goes to a blank form for adding a new contact. It works just like the page for editing a contact.

Bulk Add Contacts allows creating many contacts at once by uploading a .CSV file with the data. There’s help on the page showing the format that the file should have.

SMS Messages

Users can use SMS messages to register themselves or change their preferred language through the register app.


Users can create a contact for themselves along with a connection representing their backend and identity by sending a text message of the form:


They can also use REG or JOIN as synonyms for REGISTER.


After they have registered, users can choose their preferred language by sending a text message of the form:


They can also use LANG as a synonym for LANGUAGE.

The <code> should be the international code for the language, e.g. pt-BR for Brazilian Portuguese or de for German.