Install PHP Pear Mail / SMTP package on CentOS / Red Hat Enterprise Linux

by on October 20, 2007 · 8 comments· LAST UPDATED October 20, 2007

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Recently I've noticed that Redhat removed support for following php pear packages:

a) NET/SMTP : An implementation of the SMTP protocol

b) Mail : Class that provides multiple interfaces for sending emails

c) Net/Socke : Network Socket Interface

The simplest solution is downloading and installs these files from php pear repo.

Step # 1: Download files

Use wget command to download all files:
# cd /tmp
# wget
# wget

Untar all files:
# tar -zxvf Mail-1.1.14.tgz
# tar -zxvf Net_SMTP-1.2.10.tgz
# tar -zxvf Net_Socket-1.0.8.tgz

Step # 2: Install files

Simply copy file to your webroot such as /www/usr/share/pear or standard location such as /usr/share/pear:
# cd /usr/share/pear
# mkdir Net
# cd Net
# cp /tmp/Net_SMTP-1.2.10/SMTP.php .
# cp /tmp/Net_Socket-1.0.8/Socket.php .
# cd ..
# cp -avr /tmp/Mail-1.1.14/Mail/ .
# cp -avr /tmp/Mail-1.1.14/Mail.php .

Step # 3: Test SMTP email

Now you have required files, all you have to do is send email using authenticated smtp server.

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1 anil February 19, 2009 at 5:13 am

One querry ! How to find the pear path on a rhel4 server. I got 10 servers already installed with pear. but every system have a diff pear path as mentioned in document. So how can i find the pear path if i don’t have the documentation with me.



2 Roberto May 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm


I installed RedHat 5.3 and I found the same problem with others packages. To solve it I installed php-pear and from command line I installed additional packages, for example:

# pear install Mail
# pear install DB

I did it with other packages and worked very well.




3 Unihost Brasil - Servidores de hospedagem November 9, 2010 at 9:03 am

To install PEAR MAIL package you can use:

/usr/local/bin/pear install Mail
/usr/local/bin/pear install Net_SMTP
/usr/local/bin/pear install Net_Socket

Alex M. – Tech. Support
Unihost Brasil


4 juan miguel garcia retamar March 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Es mas sencillo ejecutar

yum install php-pear-Mail


5 Riaz September 12, 2011 at 10:13 am


How can one setup smtp? I tried all that but it is not helping me.


6 Kapil June 20, 2012 at 8:51 am



7 Sikkandar November 22, 2012 at 5:12 am

This guide helps a lot. Thanks for that. Please correct the type at step 1.







8 thea7y March 12, 2014 at 4:24 am

why would you need to untar and copy files?
all you need to do after download the package is just : pear install downloaded_page_name.tgz
specifically, when you install Net_SMTP, add this at the end: –alldeps
it will install Net_Socket for you as well.


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