How To Send Email From Localhost Using PHP

In this post about “How to send mail from localhost in php using wamp/xampp”, sometimes we need to test mail sending function from our development environment.We can send mail from our localhost using some mail configuration by XAMPP/LAMP/WAMP server.

First we need to enable php_openssl php extensions from php.ini file.I am using GMAIL SMTP server to send mail from localhost and sendmail package.

It is a mail transport agent which can be found in php.ini file. The sendmail package is inbuilt in XAMPP. So if you are using XAMPP then you can easily send mail from localhost.

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If you are more comfortable in watching a video that explains about How To Send Mail From Localhost Using XAMPP, then you should watch this video tutorial.

The Configuration Parameters in PHP Mail

  • smtp_sever: The SMTP Host server name like , smtp.gmail.com
  • smtp_port: The port number(Ex: 465)
  • auth_username: Your SMTP username
  • auth_password: Your SMTP password

You can also check other tutorials of php mail,

Step 1: we need to enable php_openssl php extensions from php.ini file. For XAMPP, it is located in C:\XAMPP\php\php.ini.You can download from php_openssl.dll.

Step 2: Find the mail function in php.ini file. You can find the code like below.

[mail function]
; XAMPP: Comment out this if you want to work with an SMTP Server like Mercury
; SMTP = localhost
; smtp_port = 25

; For Win32 only.
; http://php.net/sendmail-from
;sendmail_from = [email protected]
;sendmail_path = "\"D:\xampp\sendmail\sendmail.exe\" -t"

replace with you SMTP configuration parameters like below,

[mail function]
; XAMPP: Comment out this if you want to work with an SMTP Server like Mercury
SMTP = smtp.gmail.com
smtp_port = 25

; For Win32 only.
; http://php.net/sendmail-from
sendmail_from = [email protected]
sendmail_path = "\"D:\xampp\sendmail\sendmail.exe\" -t"

Step 3: Open sendmail.ini which is located on "c:\xampp\sendmail\sendmail.ini" and change SMTP configuration parameters.

[mail function]
smtp_server=smtp.gmail.com
smtp_port=25
[email protected]
auth_password=XXXXXXX
[email protected]

Step 4: Restart your Apache server.

Step 5: Send mail using php mail() function.

mail("[email protected]","Success","Send mail from localhost using PHP");

Sometime port 25 is not opened, so you need to change 587 OR 465.

Now you have configured mail from localhost and use it.I hope this php tutorial helps to understand the working functionality of mail and sending mail from localhost using PHP SMTP.

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