Getting Fake SendMail

  1. Download from
  2. Unzip this in a folder on your local disk (preferably use a simple path, for example c:/xampp/sendmail -- long filenames could cause problems)

php.ini Configuration

  • Edit your c:/xampp/php/PHP.INI file (note: WAMP users should access their php.ini file from the WAMP menu). Go to the [mail function] section and modify it as such:
[mail function]
; For Win32 only.

; For Win32 only.
;sendmail_from =

; For Unix only.  You may supply arguments as well (default: "sendmail -t -i").
sendmail_path = "C:/xampp/sendmail/sendmail.exe -t"

; 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_paramaters =

.... and save the changes.

sendmail.ini Configuration

  • Open the c:/xampp/sendmail/sendmail.ini and modify the settings to:

; you must change to your smtp server,
; or to IIS's "pickup" directory.  (generally C:\Inetpub\mailroot\Pickup)
; emails delivered via IIS's pickup directory cause sendmail to
; run quicker, but you won't get error messages back to the calling
; application.

; smtp port (normally 25)


; the default domain for this server will be read from the registry
; this will be appended to email addresses when one isn't provided
; if you want to override the value in the registry, uncomment and modify

; log smtp errors to error.log (defaults to same directory as sendmail.exe)
; uncomment to enable logging
; error_logfile=sendmail_error.log

; create debug log as debug.log (defaults to same directory as sendmail.exe)
; uncomment to enable debugging
; debug_logfile=sendmail_debug.log

; if your smtp server requires authentication, modify the following two lines


; if your smtp server uses pop3 before smtp authentication, modify the
; following three lines

; to force the sender to always be the following email address, uncomment and
; populate with a valid email address.  this will only affect the "MAIL FROM"
; command, it won't modify the "From: " header of the message content

; sendmail will use your hostname and your default_domain in the ehlo/helo
; smtp greeting.  you can manually set the ehlo/helo name if required


... and save the changes.

Use it

  • The optional error and debug logging is recommended when trying this the first time, so you have a clue what goes wrong in case it doesn't work.
  • Force_sender is also optional, but recommended to avoid confusion on the server end.
  • Obviously,, and mysecretpassword should be the relevant info for your SMTP server.
  • Now restart the XAMPP / WAMP services (mainly Apache so PHP re-reads it's config).

Now you're good to go and use the PHP mail() statement as if you're a Unix user ...