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How do I send html email from Perl?

Q. How Can I send html email from cgi perl program under UNIX / Linux and Apache web sever?

A. Sending HTML email is an easy task with MIME::Lite CPAN module. It is a low-calorie MIME generator.

It can be use to send html emails, graphics file email attachments as a single-part or multi-part message. Here is simple perl script that sends html email.

Install Perl MIME::Lite

If you do not have MIME::Lite module, install using following command (login as a root user):

# cpan -i MIME::Lite

Perl script code

Script to send html email from perl:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; use MIME::Lite; # SendTo email id my $email = 'user@somewhere.com'; # create a new MIME Lite based email my $msg = MIME::Lite->new ( Subject => "HTML email test", From => 'YOU@somewhere.com', To => $email, Type => 'text/html', Data => '<H1>Hello</H1><br>This is a test email. Please visit our site <a href="http://cyberciti.biz/">online</a><hr>' ); $msg->send();

Save the script and execute it. Here is an email (sample) send by above script:

Read man page of MIME::Lite for more information:

perldoc MIME::Lite

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  • Frank Wiles June 12, 2007, 8:33 pm

    If you’re interested in sending HTML emails from Perl you might want to check out an article I wrote on MIME::Lite::TT and MIME::Lite::TT::HTML for sending Emails.

    By using the MIME::Lite::TT and/or MIME::Lite:TT::HTML modules you can take advantage of both the features of MIME::Lite, but also add in the ability to use Template Toolkit templates for your text/plain and text/html parts.

    Hope it helps!

  • Theunis May 24, 2009, 8:26 pm

    Thanks Frank. Great tuturial.

  • Mike August 17, 2009, 5:24 am

    Hi , I have a problem when I send a long string used Data=>$content, $content included \r\n , It can not sent all the content of $content . could you please tell me what the problem is ?

  • vankinh January 29, 2010, 3:01 pm

    test sendmail in linux.

  • Srini May 29, 2011, 7:15 pm

    This helps me a lot and I am really thankfull

  • sanuda March 23, 2012, 1:12 am

    Really helpful for me as a Perl Developer . Thanks a lot for your article

  • Jan May 16, 2012, 1:35 pm

    I’ve got this error message:
    SMTP Failed to connect to mail server: A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host has failed to respond.
    at C:/EclipseWorkspaces/csse120/Perl_testy/Tk_hello_world.pl line 29

    Here is code:

    use MIME::Lite;
    $user = 'aocmct@gmail.com';
    $pass = 'xxxxxxxxxx';
    print "$user\n";
    print "$pass\n";
    MIME::Lite->send('smtp', 'smtp.gmail.com',
    	AuthUser=>$user, AuthPass=>$pass, Timeout=>10);
    # AuthUser=>$user, AuthPass=>$pass);
    my $MailFrom = 'aocmct@gmail.com';
    my $to_list  = 'jan.vicher@yahoo.com';
    my $cc_list  = 'ice809@seznam.cz';
    my $subject  = "hello test";
    my $message  = "This email was generated automatically.";
    my $msg = MIME::Lite->new(
        From     => $MailFrom,
        To       => $to_list,
        Cc       => $cc_list,
        Subject  => $subject,
        Type     => 'TEXT',
        Encoding => '7bit',
        Data     => $message,
    print "I\'m sending message\.\.\.\n";
    print $msg;

    Could you help me please?


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