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Send email with attachment via PHPMailer



I'm preparing to create a form page for a website that will require many fields for the user to fill out and that will be sent to a specified email.

So far I've created a dummy php email page that gets your Message, 1 attachment, and Recipient Email address using Google's SMTP.

Here's my code for uploadtest.html:


<h1>Test Upload</h1>

<form action="email.php" method="get">
Message: <input type="text" name="message">
Email: <input type="text" name="email"><br>
Attach File: <input type="file" name="file" id="file">
<input type="submit">


uploadtest.html is what the user will see

Here's the code for email.php:


    $mail = new PHPMailer();

    $recipiant = $_GET["email"];
    $message = $_GET["message"];

    $mail->IsSMTP();  // telling the class to use SMTP
    $mail->SMTPAuth   = true; // SMTP authentication
    $mail->Host       = "smtp.gmail.com"; // SMTP server
    $mail->Port       = 465; // SMTP Port
    $mail->SMTPSecure = 'ssl';
    $mail->Username   = "[email protected]"; // SMTP account username
    $mail->Password   = "xxxxxxxx";        // SMTP account password

    $mail->AddAttachment($_FILES['tmp_name']); //****HERE'S MY MAIN PROBLEM!!!

    $mail->SetFrom('[email protected]', 'CiniCraft.com'); // FROM
    $mail->AddReplyTo('[email protected]', 'Dom'); // Reply TO

    $mail->AddAddress($recipiant, 'Dominik Andrzejczuk'); // recipient email

    $mail->Subject    = "First SMTP Message"; // email subject
    $mail->Body       = $message;

    if(!$mail->Send()) {
      echo 'Message was not sent.';
      echo 'Mailer error: ' . $mail->ErrorInfo;
    } else {
      echo 'Message has been sent.';

So from what I can tell here, PHPMailer's AddAttachment() method takes as a parameter the URL of the file DIRECTORY you want attached. And this is where my main problem is.

What would the name of the variable be that would get the location of my file (dir/upload.jpg) that I've uploaded so I could use it as a parameter in the AddAttachment() method?

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Matt Andrzejczuk Avatar asked Mar 24 '23 02:03

Matt Andrzejczuk

2 Answers

No, it doesn't take URLs, or directories. It takes a direct path to a FILE.



The path is self-explanatory. The name_of_file_in_email allows you to "rename" the file, so that you might loaded a file named "foo.exe" on your server, it can appear as "bar.jpg" in the email the client receives.

Your problem is that you're trying to attach an uploaded file, but using the wrong source. It should be

<input type="file" name="thefile" />

Note the field name relationship to $_FILES.

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Marc B Avatar answered Apr 02 '23 05:04

Marc B

This will be send like this through PHPMailer Class

$mail->AddAttachment($_FILES['tmp_name'],$_FILES['name']); //****HERE'S MY MAIN PROBLEM!!! So you would have to give file name also.

please try with this

                       include "phpMailerClass.php";
                        $email = new PHPMailer();
                        $email->From      = $to;
                        $email->FromName  = $_POST['name'];
                        $email->Subject   = $subject;
                        $email->Body      = $EmailText;
                        $email->AddAddress( '[email protected]' );
                        $file_to_attach = $_FILES['file']['tmp_name'];
                        $email->AddAttachment( $file_to_attach , $filename );

This is code is working fine.

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Attarisoft Avatar answered Apr 02 '23 07:04