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I am trying to use php to deliver a simple mail. Before I am using WAMP server, however as it does not include a SMTP client/server, so I switch to XAMPP. By using XAMPP, the mail() function returns true this time, however, when I check my gmail mailbox, I cannot receive the mail successfully. My XAMPP is installing on Window Server 2008. Based on what I have read, I think the cause of mail cannot be sent is Window does not have a mail server installed, so I checked in the server manager of Window, however it shows that SMTP server has been installed, so I have no idea what is the cause of the problem.

Here is my PHP code:

$subject = "Simple mail";
$message = "Here is a test mail";
$to = "me@gmail.com";
$from = "me@test.com";
$header = "From: ".$from;

if(mail($to, $subject, $message, $header))
   print "success<br>";
   print "fail<br>";

Below is the part about mail in php.ini, I have not made any changes:

[mail function]
; XAMPP: Comment out this if you want to work with an SMTP Server like Mercury
; SMTP = localhost
; smtp_port = 25

; For Win32 only.
; http://php.net/sendmail-from
;sendmail_from = postmaster@localhost  

; XAMPP IMPORTANT NOTE (1): If XAMPP is installed in a base directory with spaces (e.g. c:\program filesC:\xampp) fakemail and mailtodisk do not work correctly.
; XAMPP IMPORTANT NOTE (2): In this case please copy the sendmail or mailtodisk folder in your root folder (e.g. C:\sendmail) and use this for sendmail_path.  

; XAMPP: Comment out this if you want to work with fakemail for forwarding to your mailbox (sendmail.exe in the sendmail folder)
;sendmail_path = "\"C:\xampp\sendmail\sendmail.exe\" -t"

; XAMPP: Comment out this if you want to work with mailToDisk, It writes all mails in the C:\xampp\mailoutput folder
sendmail_path = "C:\xampp\mailtodisk\mailtodisk.exe"

; 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 =

; Add X-PHP-Originating-Script: that will include uid of the script followed by the filename
mail.add_x_header = Off

; Log all mail() calls including the full path of the script, line #, to address and headers
;mail.log = "C:\xampp\php\logs\php_mail.log"

At last here is the picture to show:

Mail server has installed

Mail server starts

Set up mail server with Mercury: Setting up with Mercury


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The problem is in these two lines:

; XAMPP: Comment out this if you want to work with mailToDisk, It writes all mails in the C:\xampp\mailoutput folder
sendmail_path = "C:\xampp\mailtodisk\mailtodisk.exe"

The comment is wrong. You actually have to uncomment the line if you want to use mailToDisk. And, since the line is uncommented, all your e-mails are simply being written to disk.

On my XAMPP installation, I found another error in the documentation. It doesn't write the e-mails to C:\xampp\mailoutput. It actually writes them to C:\xampp\tmp\mailoutput.

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