gidim gidim - 2 months ago 7
PHP Question

PHP Sending html with mail() - certain servers receive as text

I've searched a lot but could not find any solutions for this.
after changing my code for hours i tried the example from php.net and it acts the same.

if i send it to my gmail address everything look fine,
if i send it to another server it does not render it as html.
i tried about 8 servers and 4 suffer from this issue

this is the code (php example):


// subject
$subject = 'Birthday Reminders for August';

// message
$message = '
<html>
<head>
<title>Birthday Reminders for August</title>
</head>
<body>
<p>Here are the birthdays upcoming in August!</p>
<table>
<tr>
<th>Person</th><th>Day</th><th>Month</th><th>Year</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Joe</td><td>3rd</td><td>August</td><td>1970</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Sally</td><td>17th</td><td>August</td><td>1973</td>
</tr>
</table>
</body>
</html>
';

// To send HTML mail, the Content-type header must be set
$headers = 'MIME-Version: 1.0' . "\r\n";
$headers .= 'Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1' . "\r\n";

// Additional headers
$headers .= 'To: Mary <mary@example.com>, Kelly <kelly@example.com>' . "\r\n";
$headers .= 'From: Birthday Reminder <birthday@example.com>' . "\r\n";
$headers .= 'Cc: birthdayarchive@example.com' . "\r\n";
$headers .= 'Bcc: birthdaycheck@example.com' . "\r\n";

// Mail it
mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers);
?>


this is the "show original" from gmail (gmail is only the client, mail comes from php server), message is not displayed correctly - html is raw:

Delivered-To: XXX
Received: by 10.220.35.74 with SMTP id o10csp285028vcd;
Sun, 9 Dec 2012 03:18:35 -0800 (PST)
Received: by 10.220.238.139 with SMTP id ks11mr6865773vcb.49.1355051914996;
Sun, 09 Dec 2012 03:18:34 -0800 (PST)
Received-SPF: softfail (google.com: best guess record for domain of transitioning unknown does not designate 82.80.232.249 as permitted sender) client-ip=82.80.232.249;
Received: by 10.230.67.134 with POP3 id r6mf4415353vbi.4;
Sun, 09 Dec 2012 03:18:34 -0800 (PST)
X-Gmail-Fetch-Info: gideon@example.com 5 mail.example.com 110 gideon@example.com
Received: from [82.80.232.249] by mail.example.com (ArGoSoft Mail Server .NET v.1.0.8.4) with ESMTP (EHLO web9.wishosting.net)
for <gideon@example.com>; Sun, 09 Dec 2012 13:18:02 +0200
Received: by web9.wishosting.net (Postfix, from userid 1168)
id C82D03EE2EC; Sun, 9 Dec 2012 13:18:23 +0200 (IST)
To: gideon@example.com, wez@example.com
Subject: Birthday Reminders for August
X-PHP-Script: example.com/lp/mailtest.php for 89.139.28.204
MIME-Version: 1.0
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2012 13:18:02 +0200
Message-ID: <x0otq4xc1dcboohp09122012011802@EAWEB1>
SPF-Received: none
X-FromIP: 82.80.232.249
From: gideon@example.com

Content-type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

To: Mary <mary@example.com>, Kelly <kelly@example.com>

From: Birthday Reminder <birthday@example.com>

Cc: birthdayarchive@example.com

Message-Id: <20121209111823.C82D03EE2EC@web9.wishosting.net>
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2012 13:18:23 +0200 (IST)



<html>
<head>
<title>Birthday Reminders for August</title>
</head>
<body>
<p>Here are the birthdays upcoming in August!</p>
<table>
<tr>
<th>Person</th><th>Day</th><th>Month</th><th>Year</th>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Joe</td><td>3rd</td><td>August</td><td>1970</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Sally</td><td>17th</td><td>August</td><td>1973</td>
</tr>
</table>
</body>
</html>

Answer

Ivan's comment is correct!

Try below example which uses phpmailer lib.

<?php
//phpmailer lib
require_once 'class.phpmailer.php';

$mail = new PHPMailer(true); 

try {
    $mail->AddAddress('mary@example.com', 'Mary');
    $mail->AddAddress('kelly@example.com', 'Kelly');
    $mail->SetFrom('birthday@example.com', 'Birthday Reminder');
    $mail->AddReplyTo('no-reply@example.com', 'No-reply');
    $mail->Subject = 'Birthday Reminders for August';
    $mail->AltBody = 'Here are the birthdays upcoming in August!\nPerson:Joe BirthDay:3rd Aug 1970\nPerson:Sally BirthDay:17th Aug 1973\n'; 
    $mail->MsgHTML('
        <p>Here are the birthdays upcoming in August!</p>
        <table>
            <tr>
              <th>Person</th><th>Day</th><th>Month</th><th>Year</th>
            </tr>
            <tr>
              <td>Joe</td><td>3rd</td><td>August</td><td>1970</td>
            </tr>
            <tr>
              <td>Sally</td><td>17th</td><td>August</td><td>1973</td>
            </tr>
        </table>'
    );

    $mail->Send();

    echo "Message Sent OK<p></p>\n";
} catch (phpmailerException $e) {
    echo $e->errorMessage(); 
} catch (Exception $e) {
    echo $e->getMessage(); 
}
?>

PHPMailer can be downloaded from https://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/phpmailer/downloads/list

Samples located in https://code.google.com/a/apache-extras.org/p/phpmailer/wiki/ExamplesPage