Test sending emails in PHP with XAMPP and MailHog
Sending mail with PHP is easy. We can test it with a local SMTP server. MailHog is very useful for this purpose.
MailHog is program that creates a local SMTP mail sever for testing purposes. Let’s see how to configure MailHog.
You can download MailHog from here . https://github.com/mailhog/MailHog/releases/latest . For 64 bit windows look for MailHog_windows_amd64.exe and for 32 bit MailHog_windows_386.exe
Rename the downloaded file to
mailhog.exe and put it in
C:\mailhog folder. So, the path for Mailhog executable will be
C:\mailhog\mailhog.exe. Now add this to environment path variable.
Now open command prompt and type
mailhog to run the SMTP server.
Open http://localhost:8025/ in your browser. You will see all the emails here you sent using PHP.
Update PHP configuration
php.ini and search for mail function. Set SMTP=127.0.0.1 and smtp_port=1025 in
Update sendmail configuration
C:\xampp\sendmail\ directory and put
You can now use PHP’s mail() function to send email from your application.
Now create a PHP file like the following
When you run the file you will receive an email in the MailHog inbox.
This will also be helpful for local WordPress installation for resetting passwords.