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Sending an EMail with RPG
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Sending an EMail with RPG

Sending an EMail with RPG

The question of how to send an email with RPG comes up often enough where we though we would give a POC of our MAILTOOL and it's ILE functions.

In it's most simple form, here is an example of an entire RPG program using MAILTOOL to send an email:


H DFTACTGRP(*NO) BNDDIR('BVSTOOLS')                                               
 * Prototypes                                                   *                 
 /COPY QCOPYSRC,P.MAILTOOL                                                        
D errMsg          S            256    INZ                                         
D rc              S             10i 0                                             
D msgID           S             13s 0                                             
  if (#mailtool_init() >= 0);                                                     
    rc = #mailtool_setValue('configuration_file':                                   
    rc = #mailtool_loadDefaults();                    
    rc = #mailtool_addTORecipient('');                           
    rc = #mailtool_addAttachment('/tmp/test2.pdf');                               
    rc = #mailtool_setValue('subject':'Test');     
    rc = #mailtool_setValue('message':'Here is your attachment!');         
    rc = #mailtool_sendMail(errMsg:msgID);                                 
  *INLR = *ON;                                                             

Could it get any easier than that?  Well, you may have questions about compiling since it's ILE.  Here are some related articles:

Not only is it easy, but MAILTOOL along with MAILTOOL Plus provides functionality that no other IBM i email client can.

  • Basic, PLAIN and OAuth 2.0 Authentication
  • SSL or TLS connections
  • Direct logging for easy error tracking
  • Resend options at the email or global level (yes, attempt to resend all emails that didn't send!)
  • Configuration Files at a global, user or individual email level.
  • The use of multiple SMTP servers, accounts, users and passwords (we don't all use the same email on a PC, why should we on the IBM i?)
  • The ability to use a pre-built stream file in the IFS as the body of the message (text or HTML)
  • Command and ILE interfaces
  • Outstanding support and setup assistance
  • Compatible with GMail, Office365, GoDaddy as well as any other Cloud Based Email Server
  • 100% IBM i native.  No Java or other third party requirement.

We also have another article on how we personally use MAILTOOL for sending temporary keys to our users automatically.

There will come a time when a lot of the email applications that are open source, free, or just from articles will be obsolete.  Security continues to get tighter and one day blindly sending emails will no longer work.  

We've built MAILTOOL to keep up to date and ahead of the curve.  Not to mention easy to use!

Stay tuned for more examples to come!

Last edited 11/13/2017 at 12:20:58


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