Click here to Skip to main content
Click here to Skip to main content

Tagged as

Create a simple SMTP server in C#

, 20 Nov 2011 CPOL
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
A simple basic SMTP server for testing purposes
I created for testing purposes a simple SMTP server.
 
This is the client call:
 
 System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient smtp = new System.Net.Mail.SmtpClient("localhost");
 smtp.Send(message);//Handles all messages in the protocol
 smtp.Dispose();//sends a Quit message
 
This is the basic server code:
IPEndPoint endPoint = new IPEndPoint(IPAddress.Any, 25);
TcpListener listener = new TcpListener(endPoint);
listener.Start();
 
while (true)
{
    TcpClient client = listener.AcceptTcpClient();
    SMTPServer handler = new SMTPServer();
    servers.Add(handler);
    handler.Init(client);
    Thread thread = new System.Threading.Thread(new ThreadStart(handler.Run));
    thread.Start();
}
The protocol has the following messages in this example:
C : EHLO
S: 250 Ok
 
C : MAIL FROM
S: 250 OK
 
C : RCPT TO
S: 250 OK
 
C :DATA
S: 354 Start mail input; end with <crlf>.<crlf>
 
DATA....
 
S: 250 OK
C : Quit
</crlf></crlf>
 
Basically the Run method contains this:
public void Run()
{
    Write("220 localhost -- Fake proxy server");
    string strMessage = String.Empty;
    while (true)
    {
        try
        {
            strMessage = Read();
        }
        catch(Exception e)
        {
            //a socket error has occured
            break;
        }
 
        if (strMessage.Length > 0)
        {
            if (strMessage.StartsWith("QUIT"))
            {
                client.Close();
                break;//exit while
            }
            //message has successfully been received
            if (strMessage.StartsWith("EHLO"))
            {
                Write("250 OK");
            }
 
            if (strMessage.StartsWith("RCPT TO"))
            {
                Write("250 OK");
            }
 
            if (strMessage.StartsWith("MAIL FROM"))
            {
 
               Write("250 OK");
            }
 
            if (strMessage.StartsWith("DATA"))
            {
                Write("354 Start mail input; end with"); 
                strMessage = Read();
                Write("250 OK");
            }
        }  
    }
}
 
private void Write(String strMessage)
{
    NetworkStream clientStream = client.GetStream();
    ASCIIEncoding encoder = new ASCIIEncoding();
    byte[] buffer = encoder.GetBytes(strMessage + "\r\n");
    
    clientStream.Write(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);
    clientStream.Flush();
}
 
private String Read()
{
    byte[] messageBytes = new byte[8192];
    int bytesRead = 0;
    NetworkStream clientStream = client.GetStream();
    ASCIIEncoding encoder = new ASCIIEncoding();
    bytesRead = clientStream.Read(messageBytes, 0, 8192);
    string strMessage = encoder.GetString(messageBytes, 0, bytesRead);
    return strMessage;
}
 
 
Happy coding!

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

Share

About the Author

roosrj

Netherlands Netherlands
No Biography provided

Comments and Discussions

 
QuestionOne more update to my alternate version - full source PinmemberMark Harmon11-Sep-12 11:15 
AnswerRe: One more update to my alternate version - full source PinmemberObiWan_MCC17-Sep-12 4:42 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

| Advertise | Privacy | Terms of Use | Mobile
Web04 | 2.8.141223.1 | Last Updated 21 Nov 2011
Article Copyright 2011 by roosrj
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2014
Layout: fixed | fluid