fake sendmail for windows
sendmail.exe is a simple windows console application that emulates sendmail’s "-t" option to deliver emails piped via stdin.
it is intended to ease running unix code that has /usr/lib/sendmail hardcoded as an email delivery means.
it doesn’t support deferred delivery, and requires an smtp server to perform the actual delivery of the messages.
i’ve had reports that TLS/SSL is not working on windows 8. unfortunately i don’t have access to a windows 8 system to diagnose the issue just yet.
- download sendmail.zip and unzip its contents
- copy sendmail.exe and sendmail.ini to \usr\lib on the drive where the unix application is installed
eg. if your application is installed in c:\bugzilla, sendmail.exe and sendmail.ini need to be copied to c:\usr\lib\sendmail.exe and c:\usr\lib\sendmail.ini.
- configure smtp server and default domain in sendmail.ini
using fake sendmail
generally all you need to do is install sendmail.exe in \usr\lib, and existing code that calls /usr/lib/sendmail will work.
if you’re coding new applications, all you need to do is construct your email message with complete headers, then pipe it to /usr/lib/sendmail -t
for example, to use fake sendmail from the command line:
@ECHO OFF REM send email from command line via SMTP with sendmail ECHO From: firstname.lastname@example.org > %TEMP%\temp.mail ECHO To: email@example.com >> %TEMP%\temp.mail ECHO Subject: this is a test >> %TEMP%\temp.mail ECHO.>> %TEMP%\temp.mail ECHO testing. >> %TEMP%\temp.mail ECHO blah blah.. >> %TEMP%\temp.mail ECHO. >> %TEMP%\temp.mail ECHO blah. >> %TEMP%\temp.mail sendmail -t < %TEMP%\temp.mail DEL %TEMP%\temp.mail
note ECHO. puts a blank line in the file, not a line with a single period on it.
note: if you have IIS installed, you can send emails without any third party programs (you do NOT need my sendmail wrapper).
@ECHO OFF REM send email from command line via IIS REM change this path to point to IIS's pickup directory SET root=c:\InetPub\MailRoot\Pickup REM set up temp and eml filenames IF NOT EXIST %root%\temp MKDIR %root%\temp :setTempFileName SET tmp=%RANDOM% IF EXIST %root%\temp\%tmp%.tmp GOTO setTempFileName SET eml=%root%\%tmp%.eml SET tmp=%root%\temp\%tmp%.tmp REM build the email. ^ is the escape character ECHO From: firstname.lastname@example.org> %tmp% ECHO To: email@example.com>> %tmp% ECHO Subject: Example>> %tmp% ECHO Content-Type: text/html>> %tmp% ECHO.>> %tmp% ECHO ^<b^>This is a test^</b^>>> %tmp% REM move the temp file into the pickup directory for delivery RENAME %tmp% %eml%
msmtp is an excellent open-source sendmail replacement.