Runtime Configuration

The behaviour of these functions is affected by settings in php.ini.

Mail configuration options
Name Default Changeable Changelog
mail.add_x_header "0" PHP_INI_PERDIR Available since PHP 5.3.0.
mail.log NULL PHP_INI_PERDIR Available since PHP 5.3.0.
SMTP "localhost" PHP_INI_ALL  
smtp_port "25" PHP_INI_ALL Available since PHP 4.3.0.
sendmail_from NULL PHP_INI_ALL  
sendmail_path "/usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i" PHP_INI_SYSTEM  
For further details and definitions of the PHP_INI_* modes, see the Where a configuration setting may be set.

Here's a short explanation of the configuration directives.

mail.add_x_header bool

Add X-PHP-Originating-Script that will include UID of the script followed by the filename.

mail.log string

The path to a log file that will log all mail() calls. Log entries include the full path of the script, line number, To address and headers.

SMTP string

Used under Windows only: host name or IP address of the SMTP server PHP should use for mail sent with the mail() function.

smtp_port int

Used under Windows only: Number of the port to connect to the server specified with the SMTP setting when sending mail with mail(); defaults to 25. Only available since PHP 4.3.0.

sendmail_from string

Which "From:" mail address should be used in mail sent from PHP under Windows. This directive also sets the "Return-Path:" header.

sendmail_path string

Where the sendmail program can be found, usually /usr/sbin/sendmail or /usr/lib/sendmail. configure does an honest attempt of locating this one for you and set a default, but if it fails, you can set it here.

Systems not using sendmail should set this directive to the sendmail wrapper/replacement their mail system offers, if any. For example, » Qmail users can normally set it to /var/qmail/bin/sendmail or /var/qmail/bin/qmail-inject.

qmail-inject does not require any option to process mail correctly.

This directive works also under Windows. If set, smtp, smtp_port and sendmail_from are ignored and the specified command is executed.