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This is a question I've tried to answer for a long time now. I'm currently working on a personal project on a windows XP machine and it's come to the point where I need to send emails to test some functionality.

I'm looking for an application that I can setup that mimics an SMTP server or actually IS an SMTP server that when PHP runs the mail() command, this application will catch said email and store it in a way that is easily retrievable by me.

Another post on here on SF mentioned an application called Neptune, however website hosting that does not exist anymore.

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hMailServer will run on XP and does not require a huge amount of configuration.

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Windows XP has the ability to run an SMTP server via IIS. This article may help in getting you setup.

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+1. I second cypher's answer. The virtual SMTP server offered by IIS should be the adequate solution for your scenario. You can even setup aliases with it. – Bourne Nov 18 '10 at 22:01
At the time I saw this reply, I had already installed and been using hMailServer. Thank you for your time though! – castis Nov 18 '10 at 22:58

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