A website may need to send an email to interact with its user, either for confirming their authenticity, helping them to retrieve their password, informing them about any terms or policy change, or plainly for marketing purposes.

CodeIgniter offers a built-in email library that equips your web application for sending emails. Here we will teach you how to send emails using the SMTP protocol. 

 

Step 1: 

Create SMTP configuration file email.php inside application/config folder. 

 

<?php 

$config = array( 

   ‘protocol’ => ‘smtp’, 

   smtp_host => ‘smtp.example.com’, 

   smtp_port => 465, 

   smtp_user => [email protected], 

   smtp_pass => ‘******’, 

   smtp_crypto => ssl, 

   mailtype => ‘text’, 

   smtp_timeout => ‘4’, 

   ‘charset’ => ‘iso-8859-1’, 

   wordwrap => TRUE 

); 

?> 

 

Step 2: 

Create EmailController.php file inside the controller directory and add the following code. 

 

<?php 

class EmailController extends CI_Controller 

{ 

    function send() { 

       $this->load->config(’email’); 

       $this->load->library(’email’); 

       

       $from = $this->config->item(‘smtp_user‘); 

       $to = ‘[email protected]‘; 

       $subject = ‘subject’; 

       $message = ‘message’; 

  

       $this->email->from($from); 

       $this->email->to($to); 

       $this->email->subject($subject); 

       $this->email->message($message); 

  

       if ($this->email->send()) { 

           echo ‘Email has been sent successfully’; 

       } else { 

           show_error($this->email->print_debugger()); 

       } 

   } 

} 

?> 

 

Step 3: 

Now your work is done. To check your code, send a test mail: 

Run http://localhost/EmailController/send in your browser. 

 

Conclusion

After reading this post, implementing emailing functionality should be super easy for you. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the article in the comment section below. Share this post with your friends and social media followers.

 

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