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Sending email through Gmail using PHP

Sending email is often a necessary feature in web applications. Here’s how you can send email from PHP by using SMTP through Gmail.

First, you’re going to need two PEAR packages: Mail and Net_SMTP. Make sure the directory where these files are found is listed in the include_path directive in your php.ini file.

This is based largely on a code snippet from Modify according to your needs. Entries in bold are ones you will definitely need to change.



$from = '<strong>Sender <></strong>';
$to = '<strong>Receiver <></strong>';
$subject = '<strong>Sent from PHP on my machine</strong>';
$body = '<strong>This is a message I sent from PHP using the '
    . 'PEAR Mail package and SMTP through Gmail. Enjoy!</strong>';

$host = '';
$port = 587; // Must be 465 or 587
$username = '<strong>sender</strong>';
$password = '<strong>your_password</strong>';

$headers = array('From' => $from,
    'To' => $to,
    'Subject' => $subject);
$smtp = Mail::factory('smtp',
        'host' => $host,
        'port' => $port,
        'auth' => true,
        'username' => $username,
        'password' => $password));

$mail = $smtp->send($to, $headers, $body);

if (PEAR::isError($mail)) {
    echo $mail->getMessage();
} else {
    echo "Message sent successfully!";
echo "\n";