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how to send mails using mail() in php



6:40 am on Dec 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

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can any tell me how to send mails from site using mail() in php

do we need to change in the php.ini
these are in php.ini

[mail function]
; For Win32 only.
SMTP = localhost
smtp_port = 25

; For Win32 only.
sendmail_from = me@example.com

and i tried with this example it is giving me the message saying "message successfully sent" but there is no mail in my inbox

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Untitled Document</title>

$to = "email@example.com";
$subject = "Hi!";
$body = "Hi,\n\nHow are you?";

if (!is_null($to))
mail($to, $subject, $body);
echo("<p>Message successfully sent!</p>");
} else {
echo("<p>Message delivery failed...</p>");

[edited by: eelixduppy at 6:41 am (utc) on Dec. 24, 2008]
[edit reason] removed specifics [/edit]


3:19 pm on Dec 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

It's giving you the message because you're checking that $to is not null, which it isn't.
mail() returns a boolean value indicating whether the mail was successfully sent - test for that.

Have you looked at your server's error logs?


5:18 pm on Dec 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

Dear ravii,

You have to mention SMTP. SMTP must not be localhost also check SMTP port is opened in your PC or in server.


CWI Tech Guy

9:54 am on Jan 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

Actually Mahabub, the localhost may be correct as most of my servers are setup in such a way. They require that anything being sent from a form or script that cannot authenticate use localhost as the SMTP server.

Also, have you attempted to send mail to address outside your domain ?


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