Contact US

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Sending and Receiving Email

How do I send a multipart email (both HTML and plain text)? by Glowball
Posted: 31 Oct 02

The trick is in the header information.  This script should get you started -- you'll need to create two copies of the email, one plain text and another in HTML format.  This script will send one email containing both formats, and the client software will decide which to display based on the user's preferences.  It saves you from having to ask if they want newsletters in plain text or HTML format.

$notice_text = "This is a multi-part message in MIME format.";
$plain_text = "This is a plain text email.\r\nIt is very cool.";
$html_text = "<html><body>This is an <b style='color:purple'>HTML</b> text email.\r\nIt is very cool.</body></html>";

$semi_rand = md5(time());
$mime_boundary = "==MULTIPART_BOUNDARY_$semi_rand";
$mime_boundary_header = chr(34) . $mime_boundary . chr(34);

$to = "Me <me@me.com>";
$bcc = "You <you@you.com>, Them <them@them.com>";
$from = "Me.com <me@me.com>";
$subject = "My Email";

$body = "$notice_text

Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit


Content-Type: text/html; charset=us-ascii
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit



if (@mail($to, $subject, $body,
    "From: " . $from . "\n" .
    "bcc: " . $bcc . "\n" .
    "MIME-Version: 1.0\n" .
    "Content-Type: multipart/alternative;\n" .
    "     boundary=" . $mime_boundary_header))
    echo "Email sent successfully.";
    echo "Email NOT sent successfully!";


Back to PHP FAQ Index
Back to PHP Forum

My Archive

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close