How to Test mail in localhost using Mailhog

Have you ever stuck while testing the PHP mail function in your localhost? If yes, this post is for you. Generally, mails are not working in our local system because the email server is not configured. When you upload a code to your actual server then it is working there. Today we will see how we can test mail in a localhost using Mailhog.

Mailhog is a web and API-based SMTP testing tool. It is very simple to install. Using Mailhog you can test your local mails very easily. It is similar to the very popular email testing tool MailCatcher.

Let’s see how we can install Mailhog in any Linux-based OS. While writing this article I’m using Ubuntu OS.

Install Mailhog

#install go-lang
sudo apt-get -y install golang-go
#get Mailhog
go get
#get mhsendmail
go get
#copy it to bin directory to run from anywhere in system 
sudo cp /home/{user}/go/bin/MailHog /usr/local/bin/mailhog
sudo cp /home/{user}/go/bin/mhsendmail /usr/local/bin/mhsendmail

Configure php.ini to work with MailHog

sudo subl /etc/php/7.3/apache2/php.ini
#add this line at the end of the php.ini file
sendmail_path = /usr/local/bin/mhsendmail
#restart apache
sudo service apache2 restart

Test MailHog

#start by running mailhog

If everything is configured correctly it will give an HTTP link like this If you open this link, you will find a mailbox-like interface. Any mail fire from localhost can be checked here. To test local mail run the below command in the terminal. You can check by running the PHP script if the below command not working.

mhsendmail test@mailhog.local <<EOF
From: Codextblog <codextblog@mailhog.local>
To: Test <test@mailhog.local>
Subject: Test mail

Content goes here!



More information regarding Mailhog configuration and installation can be found here.

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