Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Send Email From a PHP Script by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on October 16, 2020 Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email The PHP mail() function is a simple and easy way to send email from a PHP script running on a web page. This means you're using a Sendmail program to send emails directly from your web server rather than your mail server. Here's how it works. You can also send email from your PHP script using SMTP authentication, specifying whether the PHP email script should use a local or remote SMTP server for sending messages. Daniel Sambraus / Getty Images PHP Mail Script Example If you implement this example, make sure to change the elements that apply to you, such as your email address, subject, and message. <?php ini_set( 'display_errors', 1 ); error_reporting( E_ALL ); $to = "email@example.com"; $subject = "Your subject here"; $message = "Your message here"; echo "The email message was sent.";?> The first two lines allow you to see any errors that may occur with your script: ini_set( 'display_errors', 1 );error_reporting( E_ALL ); Next is the To line. This is the email address the email should be sent to. This could be your own or someone else's, depending on why you're using the PHP mail function. $to = "firstname.lastname@example.org"; In the Subject line, type whatever you want to be used as the subject of the emails sent through this PHP script. $subject = "Your subject here"; The Message line is where the body of the email goes. $message = "Your message here"; Use the \n parameter to add a new line to the message, so that it isn't all displayed on a single line to the recipient. Add more than one, if you need to. The "echo" message would be a success or error message to display on the page if the other parameters aren't properly filled out. echo "The email message was sent."; More PHP Email Options Here are a few more options to keep in mind: If you want to include a "From" header line, it's easy to add it to your PHP script.The mail() function included with stock PHP doesn't support SMTP authentication. If you need this function, send the email using SMTP authentication.To make sure users enter an actual email address, validate the text field to make sure it contains an email-like structure.If you want to specify the receiver's name in addition to the "to" address, add the name within the quotes and then put the email address in brackets, such as Person's Name <email@example.com>. Learn more about PHP's send mail function at PHP.net. Protecting Your Script From Spammers If you use the mail() function, especially in combination with a web form, make sure you check that it's called from the desired page, and protect the form with something like a CAPTCHA. It's also important to check for suspicious strings, for example, a "Bcc:" followed by a number of email addresses.