Sending email in .NET through Gmail

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asked Aug 28, 2008 by mike-wills

Instead of relying on my host to send email, I was thinking of sending the messages though my Gmail account. The emails are personalized emails to the bands I play on my show. Is it possible to do?

21 Answers

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answered Aug 28, 2008 by adam-haile

http://www.systemnetmail.com/ is probably the most absurdly complete site dedicated to a single .NET namespace...but it has EVERYTHING you could ever want to know about sending mail via .NET, be it ASP.NET or Desktop.

http://www.systemwebmail.com/ was the original URL in the post, but should not be used for .NET 2.0 and above.

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answered Aug 28, 2008 by domenic

Be sure to use System.Net.Mail, not the deprecated System.Web.Mail. Doing SSL with System.Web.Mail is a gross mess of hacky extensions.

using System.Net;
using System.Net.Mail;

var fromAddress = new MailAddress("from@gmail.com", "From Name");
var toAddress = new MailAddress("to@example.com", "To Name");
const string fromPassword = "fromPassword";
const string subject = "Subject";
const string body = "Body";

var smtp = new SmtpClient
{
    Host = "smtp.gmail.com",
    Port = 587,
    EnableSsl = true,
    DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network,
    UseDefaultCredentials = false,
    Credentials = new NetworkCredential(fromAddress.Address, fromPassword)
};
using (var message = new MailMessage(fromAddress, toAddress)
{
    Subject = subject,
    Body = body
})
{
    smtp.Send(message);
}
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answered Aug 28, 2009 by donny-v

The above answer doesn't work. You have to set DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network or it will come back with a "client was not authenticated" error. Also it's always a good idea to put a timeout.

Revised code:

using System.Net.Mail;
using System.Net;

var fromAddress = new MailAddress("from@gmail.com", "From Name");
var toAddress = new MailAddress("to@yahoo.com", "To Name");
const string fromPassword = "password";
const string subject = "test";
const string body = "Hey now!!";

var smtp = new SmtpClient
{
    Host = "smtp.gmail.com",
    Port = 587,
    EnableSsl = true,
    DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network,
    Credentials = new NetworkCredential(fromAddress.Address, fromPassword),
    Timeout = 20000
};
using (var message = new MailMessage(fromAddress, toAddress)
{
    Subject = subject,
    Body = body
})
{
    smtp.Send(message);
}
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answered Jan 17, 2010 by tehie

Here is my version: "Send Email In C # Using Gmail".

using System;
using System.Net;
using System.Net.Mail;

namespace SendMailViaGmail
{
   class Program
   {
   static void Main(string[] args)
   {

      //Specify senders gmail address
      string SendersAddress = "Sendersaddress@gmail.com";
      //Specify The Address You want to sent Email To(can be any valid email address)
      string ReceiversAddress = "ReceiversAddress@yahoo.com";
      //Specify The password of gmial account u are using to sent mail(pw of sender@gmail.com)
      const string SendersPassword = "Password";
      //Write the subject of ur mail
      const string subject = "Testing";
      //Write the contents of your mail
      const string body = "Hi This Is my Mail From Gmail";

      try
      {
        //we will use Smtp client which allows us to send email using SMTP Protocol
        //i have specified the properties of SmtpClient smtp within{}
        //gmails smtp server name is smtp.gmail.com and port number is 587
        SmtpClient smtp = new SmtpClient
        {
           Host = "smtp.gmail.com",
           Port = 587,
           EnableSsl = true,
           DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network,
           Credentials    = new NetworkCredential(SendersAddress, SendersPassword),
           Timeout = 3000
        };

        //MailMessage represents a mail message
        //it is 4 parameters(From,TO,subject,body)

        MailMessage message = new MailMessage(SendersAddress, ReceiversAddress, subject, body);
        /*WE use smtp sever we specified above to send the message(MailMessage message)*/

        smtp.Send(message);
        Console.WriteLine("Message Sent Successfully");
        Console.ReadKey();
     }

     catch (Exception ex)
     {
        Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
        Console.ReadKey();
     }
    }
   }
 }
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answered Jan 22, 2012 by yasser

Source : Send email in ASP.NET C#

Below is a sample working code for sending in a mail using C#, in the below example I am using google’s smtp server.

The code is pretty self explanatory, replace email and password with your email and password values.

public void SendEmail(string address, string subject, string message)
{
    string email = "yrshaikh.mail@gmail.com";
    string password = "put-your-GMAIL-password-here";

    var loginInfo = new NetworkCredential(email, password);
    var msg = new MailMessage();
    var smtpClient = new SmtpClient("smtp.gmail.com", 587);

    msg.From = new MailAddress(email);
    msg.To.Add(new MailAddress(address));
    msg.Subject = subject;
    msg.Body = message;
    msg.IsBodyHtml = true;

    smtpClient.EnableSsl = true;
    smtpClient.UseDefaultCredentials = false;
    smtpClient.Credentials = loginInfo;
    smtpClient.Send(msg);
}
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answered Jan 28, 2012 by ranadheer-reddy

This is to send email with attachement.. Simple and short..

source: http://coding-issues.blogspot.in/2012/11/sending-email-with-attachments-from-c.html

using System.Net;
using System.Net.Mail;

public void email_send()
{
    MailMessage mail = new MailMessage();
    SmtpClient SmtpServer = new SmtpClient("smtp.gmail.com");
    mail.From = new MailAddress("your mail@gmail.com");
    mail.To.Add("to_mail@gmail.com");
    mail.Subject = "Test Mail - 1";
    mail.Body = "mail with attachment";

    System.Net.Mail.Attachment attachment;
    attachment = new System.Net.Mail.Attachment("c:/textfile.txt");
    mail.Attachments.Add(attachment);

    SmtpServer.Port = 587;
    SmtpServer.Credentials = new System.Net.NetworkCredential("your mail@gmail.com", "your password");
    SmtpServer.EnableSsl = true;

    SmtpServer.Send(mail);

}
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answered Jan 7, 2013 by simon-weaver

Changing sender on Gmail / Outlook.com email:

To prevent spoofing - Gmail/Outlook.com won't let you send from an arbitrary user account name.

If you have a limited number of senders you can follow these instructions and then set the From field to this address: Sending mail from a different address

If you are wanting to send from an arbitrary email address (such as a feedback form on website where the user enters their email and you don't want them emailing you directly) about the best you can do is this :

        msg.ReplyToList.Add(new System.Net.Mail.MailAddress(email, friendlyName));

This would let you just hit 'reply' in your email account to reply to the fan of your band on a feedback page, but they wouldn't get your actual email which would likely lead to a tonne of spam.

If you're in a controlled environment this works great, but please note that I've seen some email clients send to the from address even when reply-to is specified (I don't know which).

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answered Jan 8, 2013 by iturtev

Here is one method to send mail and getting credentials from web.config:

public static string SendEmail(string To, string Subject, string Msg, bool bodyHtml = false, bool test = false, Stream AttachmentStream = null, string AttachmentType = null, string AttachmentFileName = null)
{
    try
    {
        System.Net.Mail.MailMessage newMsg = new System.Net.Mail.MailMessage(System.Configuration.ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["mailCfg"], To, Subject, Msg);
        newMsg.BodyEncoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8;
        newMsg.HeadersEncoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8;
        newMsg.SubjectEncoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8;

        System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient smtpClient = new System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient();
        if (AttachmentStream != null && AttachmentType != null && AttachmentFileName != null)
        {
            System.Net.Mail.Attachment attachment = new System.Net.Mail.Attachment(AttachmentStream, AttachmentFileName);
            System.Net.Mime.ContentDisposition disposition = attachment.ContentDisposition;
            disposition.FileName = AttachmentFileName;
            disposition.DispositionType = System.Net.Mime.DispositionTypeNames.Attachment;

            newMsg.Attachments.Add(attachment);
        }
        if (test)
        {
            smtpClient.PickupDirectoryLocation = "C:\\TestEmail";
            smtpClient.DeliveryMethod = System.Net.Mail.SmtpDeliveryMethod.SpecifiedPickupDirectory;
        }
        else
        {
            //smtpClient.EnableSsl = true;
        }

        newMsg.IsBodyHtml = bodyHtml;
        smtpClient.Send(newMsg);
        return SENT_OK;
    }
    catch (Exception ex)
    {

        return "Error: " + ex.Message
             + "<br/><br/>Inner Exception: "
             + ex.InnerException;
    }

}

And the corresponding section in web.config:

<appSettings>
    <add key="mailCfg" value="yourmail@example.com"/>
</appSettings>
<system.net>
  <mailSettings>
    <smtp deliveryMethod="Network" from="yourmail@example.com">
      <network defaultCredentials="false" host="mail.exapmple.com" userName="yourmail@example.com" password="your_password" port="25"/>
    </smtp>
  </mailSettings>
</system.net>
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answered Jan 9, 2013 by gopi

Include this,

using System.Net.Mail;

And then,

MailMessage sendmsg = new MailMessage(SendersAddress, ReceiversAddress, subject, body); 
SmtpClient client = new SmtpClient("smtp.gmail.com");

client.Port = Convert.ToInt16("587");
client.Credentials = new System.Net.NetworkCredential("mail-id@gmail.com","password");
client.EnableSsl = true;

client.Send(sendmsg);
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answered Jan 15, 2013 by premdeep-mohanty

I hope this code will work fine. You can have a try.

// Include this.                
using System.Net.Mail;

string fromAddress = "xyz@gmail.com";
string mailPassword = "*****";       // Mail id password from where mail will be sent.
string messageBody = "Write the body of the message here.";


// Create smtp connection.
SmtpClient client = new SmtpClient();
client.Port = 587;//outgoing port for the mail.
client.Host = "smtp.gmail.com";
client.EnableSsl = true;
client.Timeout = 10000;
client.DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network;
client.UseDefaultCredentials = false;
client.Credentials = new System.Net.NetworkCredential(fromAddress, mailPassword);


// Fill the mail form.
var send_mail = new MailMessage();

send_mail.IsBodyHtml = true;
//address from where mail will be sent.
send_mail.From = new MailAddress("from@gmail.com");
//address to which mail will be sent.           
send_mail.To.Add(new MailAddress("to@example.com");
//subject of the mail.
send_mail.Subject = "put any subject here";

send_mail.Body = messageBody;
client.Send(send_mail);
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