Sending e-Mails with SSMTP from localhost

Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 | by PhilVanB | de_DE Dieser Artikel auf deutsch


In webdevelopment projects are first of all developed locally before the go live. Is the mail()-function used during the development with PHP, then it’s necessary to be able to send e-mails from localhost. This blogpost shows how to send e-mails from localhost using an ubuntu-system with Apache-webserver.

 

Install SSMTP

In a first step SSMTP needs to be installed. That is possible with the following Shell-command:

 

sudo apt-get install ssmpt

 

Then find out where SSMTP is installed:

 

whereis ssmtp

 

Configure the ‘ssmpt.conf’-file

Change to the directory ssmpt and open up the ‘ssmpt.conf’-file for instance with the nano-texteditor. Configure the file like that:

 

#
# Config file for sSMTP sendmail
#
# The person who gets all mail for userids < 1000
# Make this empty to disable rewriting.
root=email.address@your-domain.com
 
# The place where the mail goes. The actual machine name is required no
# MX records are consulted. Commonly mailhosts are named mail.domain.com
mailhub=mail.your-domain.com
 
# Where will the mail seem to come from?
#rewriteDomain=
# The full hostname
hostname=localhost
 
# Are users allowed to set their own From: address?
# YES - Allow the user to specify their own From: address
# NO - Use the system generated From: address
# FromLineOverride=YES
UseSTARTTLS=yes
UseTLS=yes
AuthUser=mail@insignis-sites.com
AuthPass=yourPassword
FromLineOverride=yes

 

In order to set the lines for ‘mailhub’ or ‘STARTTLS’ and ‘TLS’ correct you may check the settings in your e-mail-client, for example Thunderbird, to get them right.

 

Set ‘sendmail_path’ correct

Then the line ‘sendmail_path’ needs to be set correct in your ‘php.ini’-file:

 

sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/ssmtp -t

 

Most of the time you’ll find the ‘php.ini’-file under the path ‘/etc/php5/apache2′. Last but not least restart the webserver:

 

sudo service apache2 restart

 

 



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