Sending Mail from PHP Using SMTP Authentication

PHP send email using PHP SMTP mail Pear functions

Sending Email from a PHP Script Using SMTP Authentication

To connect to an outgoing SMTP server from a PHP script using SMTP authentication and send an email:

Make sure the PEAR Mail package is installed. Typically, in particular with PHP 4 or later, this will have already been done for you. Just give it a try.

  • Adapt the example below for your needs. Make sure you change the following variables at least:
    • from: the email address from which you want the message to be sent.
    • to: the recipient's email address and name.
    • host: your outgoing SMTP server name.
    • username: the SMTP user name (typically the same as the user name used to retrieve mail).
    • password: the password for SMTP authentication.

    PHP Pear's Mail.php is located in /homw/cpanelusername/php (Replace cPanelusername with your ACTUAL cpanel username.

ini_set('display_errors', True);

$path = '/home/cpanelusername/php';
set_include_path(get_include_path() . PATH_SEPARATOR . $path);


Sending PEAR Mail.php...


/* mail setup recipients, subject etc */

 $recipients = ""; $headers["From"] = ""; $headers["To"] = ""; $headers["Subject"] = "User feedback"; $mailmsg = "Hello, This is a test."; /* SMTP server name, port, user/passwd - Use "localhost" if you encounter Connection refused errors*/
["host"] = ""; $smtpinfo["port"] = "25"; $smtpinfo["auth"] = true; $smtpinfo["username"] = "EmailAddress"; $smtpinfo["password"] = "EmailAddressPassword"; /* Create the mail object using the Mail::factory method */ $mail_object =& Mail::factory("smtp", $smtpinfo); /* Ok send mail */ $mail_object->send($recipients, $headers, $mailmsg); ?>

There are loads and loads of examples of PHP PEAR mail sending scripts online, which a brief Google search will find for you.
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