Saifudheen Mak Saifudheen Mak - 2 months ago 7
PHP Question

mail() function not working - How to resolve it?

mail() function is not working on my server. I have used basic mail() code to know whether its the problem of script. Still it didn't send email. Somebody advised me to change the setting on my server to enable mail() function or something like that.

How can I do that? How can I know that my server allows mail() or it runs mail() properly?

Any advice?


If you using phpmailer Library, you cant use mail(). Because it has predefined function. You can check that by visiting PhpMailer Example Page.

PhpMailer use $mail->Send() instead of mail()

Sample code of PhpMailer

//include("class.smtp.php"); // optional, gets called from within class.phpmailer.php if not already loaded

$mail             = new PHPMailer();

$body             = file_get_contents('contents.html');
$body             = eregi_replace("[\]",'',$body);

$mail->IsSMTP(); // telling the class to use SMTP
$mail->Host       = ""; // SMTP server
$mail->SMTPDebug  = 2;                     // enables SMTP debug information (for testing)
                                           // 1 = errors and messages
                                           // 2 = messages only
$mail->SMTPAuth   = true;                  // enable SMTP authentication
$mail->Host       = ""; // sets the SMTP server
$mail->Port       = 26;                    // set the SMTP port for the GMAIL server
$mail->Username   = "yourname@yourdomain"; // SMTP account username
$mail->Password   = "yourpassword";        // SMTP account password

$mail->SetFrom('', 'First Last');

$mail->AddReplyTo("","First Last");

$mail->Subject    = "PHPMailer Test Subject via smtp, basic with authentication";

$mail->AltBody    = "To view the message, please use an HTML compatible email viewer!"; // optional, comment out and test


$address = "";
$mail->AddAddress($address, "John Doe");

$mail->AddAttachment("images/phpmailer.gif");      // attachment
$mail->AddAttachment("images/phpmailer_mini.gif"); // attachment

if(!$mail->Send()) {
  echo "Mailer Error: " . $mail->ErrorInfo;
} else {
  echo "Message sent!";