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A versatile HTML form mail script for classic ASP

, 15 Mar 2006
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This script allows you to email the contents of an HTML form to one or more specified addresses. It supports HTML emails, plain text emails, and preformatted email templates.


I submitted this article because I found it to be of great use and it does a good job of supporting all my form emailing needs. If you find it useful, then great! :)


It's quite simple to use, all you need to do is the following:

  1. The sendmail.asp file.
  2. An HTML page with a form that needs to be emailed (making sure certain required hidden fields are included).
  3. A thanks page to redirect to when the mail send is complete.
  4. An optional email template to define how the form contents should be formatted in the email that is sent.

The script supports plain text and HTML email formats. If you want to send an HTML email, you must create an email template first. You can use a plain text email template instead if you like, and if you prefer not to use HTML but still want to make sure the email is formatted nicely.

In your email template, you should put placeholders for each form element submitted. The placeholders should be formatted like this: [$form-field-name$]. For example, if you have a text field called "surname", your placeholder in the template should read: [$surname$]. The zip file for this article contains a sample email template for you to look at.

A set of hidden fields is required in your form so that the sendmail script knows what to do with the contents of the form, and where and how to send it. If applicable, you can replace some of the hidden fields with real fields to allow users to customize, for example, whom to send the mail to, or what the subject line in the email should be. The fields that the sendmail script understands are:

  • redirect - required

    The URL to redirect to when the mail has been sent.

  • mailto - required

    The email address of the recipient (separate multiple recipients with commas).

  • cc

    The email address of the cc recipient (separate multiple recipients with commas).

  • bcc

    The email address of the bcc recipient (separate multiple recipients with commas).

  • mailfrom - required

    The email address of the sender.

  • subject - Required, if no email template is specified.

    The subject line of the email.

  • message

    An optional message to include before the contents of the form in the email. Only used if no email template is specified.

  • template

    A relative path to a plain text or HTML file to use as an email template.

  • html

    Must be "yes" or "no". If yes, the email will be sent as an HTML email, otherwise, it'll be sent as a plain-text email.

  • testmode

    Must be "yes" or "no". If yes, the email will not be sent. Instead, the email will be written to the screen, with no redirection to the thanks page specified by the "redirect" field. This should be used to test the form and the email templates to make sure you are happy with the results.

Make sure that the form points to the sendmail.asp file, and that the method is set to "post". e.g. <form action="sendmail.asp" method="post">

The included zip file contains a sample form with validation, a sample email template, thanks page and of course, the script.


  • 18th November, 2003
    • Article posted.
  • 15th March, 2006
    • A CDO version of the script has now been included that should work on most new servers where the old one was failing. It also has a feature to hide email addresses from the hidden fields if desired. Just open the ASP file for a detailed explanation.


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Nathan Ridley
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Web application developer, graphic designer, aspiring entrepreneur, snowboarder and electronic music afficianado.

Comments and Discussions

QuestionError when submit from non IE browser Pin
infogmt15-May-12 21:53
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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Manoj Kumar Choubey27-Apr-12 1:28
professionalManoj Kumar Choubey27-Apr-12 1:28 
GeneralForm submit to server Pin
Ajay Kale New18-Oct-10 20:48
memberAjay Kale New18-Oct-10 20:48 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Roy Ritchie12-Jul-10 23:47
memberRoy Ritchie12-Jul-10 23:47 
GeneralStop using this script! It is YEARS out of date! Pin
Nathan Ridley24-Aug-08 15:30
memberNathan Ridley24-Aug-08 15:30 
GeneralRe: Stop using this script! It is YEARS out of date! Pin
adstatus24-Aug-08 15:54
memberadstatus24-Aug-08 15:54 
GeneralRe: Stop using this script! It is YEARS out of date! Pin
teddio15-Sep-09 9:56
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QuestionLaunching Script problems Pin
adstatus24-Aug-08 13:50
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QuestionCDO.Message.1 error '80040220' Pin
Desmond chee20-Aug-08 18:10
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AnswerRe: CDO.Message.1 error '80040220' Pin
alimzhan2-Feb-09 9:46
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AnswerRe: CDO.Message.1 error '80040220' Pin
shant19764-Nov-09 11:44
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GeneralHelp with this asap Pin
Noughty2-Aug-08 8:54
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GeneralWhere to add smtp server name within asp file Pin
sonal130723-May-08 15:37
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GeneralRe: Where to add smtp server name within asp file Pin
Nathan Ridley23-May-08 15:42
memberNathan Ridley23-May-08 15:42 
Wow... you realise this article is about 5 years old, right? I honestly can't remember enough to answer the question. Classic ASP isn't really something you should be learning in this day and age. Go check out ASP.Net or PHP.

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QuestionRobots filling out form Pin
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AnswerThe &quot;SendUsing&quot; configuration value is invalid. [modified] Pin
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Questioncan form output be saved to a file aswell? Pin
dannif29-Aug-07 5:27
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Questionerror '8004020d' Pin
mccallchick8-Aug-07 14:44
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AnswerRe: error '8004020d' Pin
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QuestionEmail not sending. Pin
deinemuse26-Jun-07 5:47
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GeneralNot all fields populating in email Pin
kenny78220-Apr-07 20:18
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GeneralRe: Not all fields populating in email Pin
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GeneralRe: Not all fields populating in email Pin
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QuestionDo not know how to use Pin
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AnswerRe: Do not know how to use Pin
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