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How to configure XAMPP to send email

You can send mail from localhost with sendmail package , sendmail package is inbuild in XAMPP. So if you are using XAMPP then you can easily send mail from localhost.

for example you can configure C:\xampp\php\php.ini and c:\xampp\sendmail\sendmail.ini for gmail to send mail.

in C:\xampp\php\php.ini find extension=php_openssl.dll and remove the semicolon from the beginning of that line to make SSL working for gmail for localhost.

in php.ini file find [mail function] and change

I know this is elsewhere on the site but for some reason the answers I’ve found on here still haven’t helped I still can’t get it to work after trying different things all day. My goal was to have a confirmation code sent to the email that the user enters. I only know a small amount of PHP and followed a tutorial for the login/registration system but  I’m fairly sure the php is working fine and the problem lies in my sendmail.ini and php.ini. Here is my sendmail.ini

; configuration for fake sendmail

; if this file doesn't exist, sendmail.exe will look for the settings in
; the registry, under HKLM\Software\Sendmail


; you must change to your smtp server,
; or to IIS's "pickup" directory.  (generally C:\Inetpub\mailroot\Pickup)
; emails delivered via IIS's pickup directory cause sendmail to
; run quicker, but you won't get error messages back to the calling
; application.

; smtp port (normally 25)


; SMTPS (SSL) support
;   auto = use SSL for port 465, otherwise try to use TLS
;   ssl  = alway use SSL
;   tls  = always use TLS
;   none = never try to use SSL


; the default domain for this server will be read from the registry
; this will be appended to email addresses when one isn't provided
; if you want to override the value in the registry, uncomment and modify


; log smtp errors to error.log (defaults to same directory as sendmail.exe)
; uncomment to enable logging


; create debug log as debug.log (defaults to same directory as sendmail.exe)
; uncomment to enable debugging


; if your smtp server requires authentication, modify the following two lines

auth_username= [email protected]
auth_password= mygmailpass

; if your smtp server uses pop3 before smtp authentication, modify the 
; following three lines.  do not enable unless it is required.


; force the sender to always be the following email address
; this will only affect the "MAIL FROM" command, it won't modify 
; the "From: " header of the message content

force_sender=[email protected].com

; force the sender to always be the following email address
; this will only affect the "RCTP TO" command, it won't modify 
; the "To: " header of the message content


; sendmail will use your hostname and your default_domain in the ehlo/helo
; smtp greeting.  you can manually set the ehlo/helo name if required


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And my the parts I’ve edited in my php.ini


[mail function]
; XAMPP: Comment out this if you want to work with an SMTP Server like Mercury
smtp_port =587

; For Win32 only.
sendmail_from = [email protected].com

sendmail_path = "\"C:\xampp\sendmail\sendmail.exe\" -t"


; Force the addition of the specified parameters to be passed as extra parameters
; to the sendmail binary. These parameters will always replace the value of
; the 5th parameter to mail(), even in safe mode.
;mail.force_extra_parameters =

Now you have done!! create php file with mail function and send mail from localhost.

PS: don’t forgot to replace my-gmail-id and my-gmail-password in above code. Also, don’t forget to remove duplicate keys if you copied settings from above. For example comment following line if there is another sendmail_path : sendmail_path=”C:\xampp\mailtodisk\mailtodisk.exe” in the php.ini file

Also remember to restart the server using the XAMMP control panel so the changes take effect.

Thanks for ready , enjoy your programming..

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